• Sunday, December 18th, 2016

business card holders

You’re a woodworker. Alas, you have less money than you would if you were not a woodworker and thus expended your effort on more remunerative activity. And Christmas is around the corner.

The dilemma is apparent. The solution, of course, is the woodworker’s solution to everything: you can make things, so make something.

To happily fit the bill, I designed and made these business card holders. The rabbeted front section is edge joined to the back plate, 4 1/8″ wide. The angle of the base is 8°, which is also reflected in the top edges. The primary wood is curly Claro walnut, finished with an oil-varnish mix. The mountainous inlay banding (maple, ebony and sapele) is all face grain, available from Inlay Banding.

Merry Christmas, dear readers.

Category: Ideas
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6 Responses

  1. 1
    Jay Highland 


    Merry Christmas dear woodworker. I have enjoyed the past year with you, thanks for all the goodies.

    May you and all your family be in peace and good health this Christmas season.


  2. 2

    Thanks, Jay.

  3. 3

    Nice pieces! I am sure they’ll be very well received. Very handsome.

    I made a few gifts this year as well Mostly lathe work, which I enjoy but don’t get enough time to do usually.

  4. 4


    I sometimes envy turners because they can produce pieces quickly.

    Haha, notice, by the way, that I am fully confident that none of the recipients will read my blog.


  5. I like the idea of the inlay banding on these business card holders. It adds a wonderful detail to something as simple a card holder. I made a bunch of card holders and took them to a show one time. People got a kick out of them. Sold everyone of them in about an hour.
    People were amazed that a business that builds large custom pool tables would build something so simple. I tell them that it the green part of our biz. The large slabs become pool tables and the small cut off pieces become card holders or my apprentice make beautiful pens. It is a great way to utilize the small pieces of material from the day to day operations. Although it is tough to keep the shop warm in the winter with sawdust!!

  6. 6

    I hope some of those people who like the card holders also like to play pool.