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It’s time for another Power Tool Challenge Team project! This month our theme is “Home Décor” and I’m excited to share the DIY Wood Card Display that I created. This was an easy project and one that I’m sure to enjoy using year-round.
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DIY Wood Card Display and Holder
I used a 2.5” x 2.5”x 3’ poplar board from Lowes that cost just $14.95 to create two card holders.
Slots created with the table saw make pockets that hold the cards in place.
A 1/2” deep cut with the table saw blade set at a 10 degree angle makes the slots that hold the cards.
I’m currently using my card holders to display vintage Easter post cards from early part of the 20th century. These cards were sent to my great-great aunts and date between 1909 – 1913.
I usually display my vintage post cards using small antique flower frogs. This works well but on occasion I have damaged the bottom of a card with the prongs of the frog. No worries of damage with the use of my new DIY wood card holder!
I love my vintage post cards and am so thankful that my aunt passed along my grandmother’s collection to me. It’s hard to pick a favorite card.
Willye was my great-great aunt. She eventually lived next door to my Great-Great Aunt Fannie who raised my grandmother. The note says, “Many, many thanks. They are fine and dandy. Will look for a letter from you tomorrow. I have not ? my new dress yet. Lovingly, L. L is I believe Willye’s sister Lulie, a milliner who lived in Norfolk with Fannie.
My card holders are currently in our living room on an antique chest that I inherited from my grandmother.
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How to Make a DIY Wood Card Holder
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1 (2.5” x 2.5” x 3 ft) Poplar Board – This makes one long card holder or cut it in half to make two card holders like I did.
1. Set the Table Saw Blade
Set the table saw blade to 10 degrees. Our table saw was my grandfather’s and probably dates to the 1950’s!
Here you can see the 10 degree angle of the blade but the fence is not in the correct position.
2. Make the First Cut
I wanted two grooves in my board for cards meaning the grooves would each be at 1/3 of the board’s width. I moved the fence to 7/8” from the blade and cut the first groove. Before cutting, be sure that the fence is square to the blade so that the line will be straight.
Her you can see the 10 degree blade angle, the fence set at 7/8” and the resulting cut in the board.
3. Make the Second Cut
For the second cut, the fence was moved to 1 5/8”.
Make the second cut. Again, be sure that the fence is square to the blade so that the line will be straight.
Now there are two parallel grooves to hold the cards.
4. Cut the Board in Half
Cut the board in half to make two card holders or leave it if you want a really long display piece.
We don’t have a good dust collection system, so we do as much of our woodworking as possible outside.
5. Sand and Stain
Sand the card holder and stain. I found that after the first coat of stain, it was necessary to sand again as the stain raised the grain of the wood. I used Antique Walnut
Antique Walnut is not dark at all on Poplar. On other wood species, I find it to be much darker. I always test stain color on a scrap board before I apply it to my finished piece.
These are three cards that some of the creative art students at my school made and sent to me when I first found out I was sick.
Here are a few more. I was amazed at their creativity and wish I could show off all of them to you.
See More Home Decor Projects
I am really looking forward to seeing what my Power Tool Challenge Team friends create for this month’s Home Décor theme.
Click on the links below to visit each project.
The Kim Six Fix – Pottery Barn Inspired Concrete Top Coffee Table
Domestically Speaking – Large DIY Wall Sign
H2OBungalow – DIY Live Edge Coffee Table With Hairpin Legs
My Repurposed Life – Sofa Side Table
My Love 2 Create – Fabric and Wood Wall Hanging
Virginia Sweet Pea – Card Display Holder (That’s Me!)
The DIY Bungalow – Repurposed Fire Screen
Designed Decor – Upcycled Wall Shelf
Create and Babble – DIY Wood Plank Walls
Thrift Diving – DIY Bath Vanity