Picture of Simple Laser-cut Leather Card Case
If you have access to a laser cutter, here is a quick and easy leather card case that you can make.

Thanks to Justin for demonstrating this Instructable and for drafting the dxf file.

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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Picture of Tools & Materials
You will need the following for this project:

*Leather -- Recommend: thin leather 2 to 4 oz weight, or 1.5mm to 3mm thickness
                     Vegetable tanned leather works best, but each leather cuts differently.
                     Do not expect consistent results across different kinds of leather.
                     Make sure to do a few test runs to make sure you're cutting successfully.

*Needless – upholstery needles with blunted tips work best.  For example something like this

*Thread – a heavy weight waxed works best such as this one


*lighter or soldering iron

*thimble (optional if you've got tough fingers)

*the design template .dxf file (attached to this instructable)

*a laser cutter 

*an awesome hat (well, not really.... but it seemed to help Justin)

bdrousche2 years ago
what size are the holes in the dxf im trying to make my own template and i dont want them to be enormous
annekh5102 years ago
The .dxf file appears to be empty at the moment. I've checked it's not a problem my end by downloading and viewing .dxf files from elsewhere.
donovand (author)  annekh5102 years ago
Hmm... I'm not sure what's going on. I am able to download and import the file into Rhino on Mac, and I can "more" the file and see the contents. What system/software are you using? Perhaps it's a .dxf version compatibility issue?
The Rambler2 years ago
I get it but I have to chuckle at the idea of "simple" and "laser-cut" going together. Still, it's a sharp looking end result and if I had access to a laser cutter I'm sure I'd use it every chance I got.
donovand (author)  The Rambler2 years ago
Fair enough... it's all relative I suppose. :) Though it would make life considerably more difficult, one *could* use the template and cut the leather out by hand as an alternative.
Haha I really was just kidding. Like I said, if you have a laser cutter why not use it? And when speaking of the design of this wallet it is true that it's simple. I may just make one myself, though I would have to go the considerably more difficult route of cutting it out by hand.