Index card holder

Whilst trying to help a member of the Fountain pen network with a question about 3 x 5 inch index cards. I started making a mock up from grey board and got a little carried away.

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At first I thought I would need tabs to hold the pieces together so I added extra to the cut out.

When it came to adding the bends I decided I did not need the extra pieces so I cut them off.

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Now I knew it all went together I took it apart and wrapped it in red suede.

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After wrapping in suede I cut some 5mm veg tan shoulder which I had previously dyed black into strips one set to make a front back and bottom panels. the second to make the sides.

I mitred all of the edges to be joined this took a few hours I marked a stitching grove around the sides and marked out the holes with a pricking iron not a punch as I did not want the holes to penetrate the leather. After adding contact adhesive to the edges I brought them together around the grey board liner and start stitching them together.

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All stitching finished and ends smoothed and dyed

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The desk stand will be a picture frame style where this case just slots in place.

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This is white oak marked out ready for cutting since my accident I am not really able to use large power tools so I will be using a mitre box and a Japanese hand saw. this can cause the mitres to be less than perfect.

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The mitres came out ok gluing and clamping next.

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As you can see the stand works just as I expected

My original plan was to leave the stand without a base but I decided to fit a base after all. You can see that the base does not go right to the edge I wanted to get a floating effect

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Like this

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Rather than painting or staining I like to treat oak with steel wool dissolved in vinegar it causes a chemical reaction with the tannin in the oak turning it black. I think it looks great.

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Although the oak did not go as black as I would have liked I really like the way the grain has come out.

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I think it has turned out ok

Thanks for looking

Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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