The Woodshop Shed

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Business card holder-When lumberjocks work together

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Business card holder-When lumberjocks work togetherWhen lumberjocks work together, anything is possible! Awhile back, my Son printed some cards for me to set out during my craft shows. Now I knew I needed something to put them in. I wanted something original and shows my wood work. I thought of what has become my signature item for these sales, my post office door banks. I've made and sold over 60 of these over the last couple years. I had no idea how to make one small enough for cards but I thought maybe some of my friends might have an idea. So during the last swap I posted if any of the CNC users could do one the size of a card. I posted an example.The response was overwhelming. The conversation quickly turned to how to make one and I had offers to help me get one done. John McClure was the the first to offer to make one. I think it became a challenge for him. Before he could get started, Mikeacg had already figured out the vectors and sent them to him.John said with these he had all he needed to get started, except what size I wanted it. Gosh, I didn't know what size or how the project should be made. I sized it up as if it would be a drawer, with the cards inside. John posted this graphic to see what I thought. With that and a quick phone, he was off and running posting progress pics along the way.Getting ready to cut,we chose maple as the material with intention to paint it gold.When he finished, he posted the final results.I was amazed when I got them in the mail. It was also decided that the door needed a knob inside the letters. This was when HokieKen joined the build party. I sent him the size, very small and he had brass knobs on the way in no time. So small I have no idea how he was able to turn them.Now it was my turn. I chose walnut for the wood for the body and decided to make a holder in the top instead of a drawer. I cut rabbets in the front to recess the door into and also for the back. On the top I made a holder from maple to match the door and cut out for it to fit into. A bit tough with coping saw and chisel but I got a good fit. I cut a block for the inside that fills the box, adds weight and keeps the holder, the front and back in place and all is glued together. I added some trim around the maple to give a step raised look and to fill the window, I used antique copper mirror. For a finish I used danish oil. I chose not to paint, the natural wood look just seemed so much better to me.I have been more excited about this project then I have in a long time. I want to thank everyone that helped. This would not have happened without each of you.Mikeacg-for the vectors and renderingsJohn McClure-for making that beautiful doorHokieKen-for the knobsMike (my Son)-for the walnut pallet he found for the wood and the photography



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2nd. Tool handle

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2nd.  Tool handleSecond handle



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Hickory and Walnut End Table

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Hickory and Walnut End TableI finally finished the end table that I've been picking away at. It matches my other living room furniture. I tried a couple new things with it – 1) inlays, 2) Epoxy filling. Both worked out pretty well.One lesson I learned is that if you use slow-setting epoxy and have something suspended in it, the stuff settles to the bottom before the epoxy sets up. I ended up chiseling out some of the epoxy and refilling it. Ya live and learn. I had better luck with doing the epoxy in two “lifts”. The color comes from some turquoise colored sand I got at a hobby shop.All the joints are mortise and tenon. (Drawer has lap joints I guess)Finish is Danish oil, followed by 3 to 4 coats of Arm R Seal poly.It stands about 25” tall. Will reside by our couch.I'm really liking the chunk of hickory that's got all the mineral streaking in it. Can't beat the contrasting colors of hickory.Some additional build photos below:Some Parts cut out.
One of the side gluing up.
Dry fitting some joints.
Lots of mortises cut out.
I tried out my new tenoning jig. It worked well, except that I had a triple chip grind blade, and it left a little funky cut on the shoulders. I've since procured a square tooth blade that will fix that problem.
Final fit up and gluing.
Using a jig to cut in the inlays.



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