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How to Make a Wooden Business Card Holder w/ Laser-cut Logo

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I found some chunks of wood that were almost the perfect size for a business card holder. It's almost Father's Day, so that is what they became!



**I made this at TechShop in San Francisco**
 
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Step 1: Required Materials

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You will need:

1. a block of wood--the ones I found were 4"x4" square. If you can't find this specifically, then a larger piece cut to size would work too.
2. pencil
3. bandsaw*
4. clear 1/8" acrylic
5. Computer with vector drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator*
6. laser cutter*
7. white acrylic paint
8. damp paper towel
9. 4 penny nails (preferably the kind that come with picture frame hanging kits, you know, the short ones)
10. dremel (or other rotary tool) with drum sander attachment--it's a standard one that usually comes with the tool
11. small drill bit
12. hammer, preferably hard rubber*
13. small adjustable clamp
14. power drill*
15. vice*
16. E6000 all-purpose adhesive
17. toothpick

*these tools were provided by TechShop

Step 2: Cut down blocks

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1. draw approximate cut lines with pencil
2. cut along lines with bandsaw
3. look at the included image (3rd image) with side profiles. Either profile will work--the example on the right will hold cards a little better but may hold a smaller stack

Step 3: Create Logo File

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1. Measure the dimensions of the front face and write these down. For my holder, the dimensions were 2in tall and 2.5 wide.
2. acquire or approximate the logo or design you would like in Adobe Illustrator. The logo I used consisted of text only so I was able to recreate it fairly easily. You may also raster a photo on the acrylic however I found that a vector cut of the outline of the text was more visible than a rastering. 
**Please refer to StumpChunkman's Instructable, specifically step 7 on the different types of cuts**
3. Scale your design to fit, centered on the front face (using measurements from step 1)


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