Two simple steps to upcycle wine corks into name card holders for a wedding or special event.

As with most of my projects, I made it Techshop!

Step 1: Sanding a Flat Surface

The corks need a flat surface to keep them upright. Given that I was
sanding 200 corks, I wanted something quicker than hand sanding, which certainly seems like a good option if you don't have access to a belt sander. The belt sander worked beautifully and I cranked through about 200 corks in ~45 minutes, which took a little bit longer since I was lining up the names of the wineries to face the front of the display.

Before sanding, I sketched what I thought the end result would be like and thought a bit about how I was going to hold the corks in place to sand the bottom surface flat. I had envisioned a jig with a registration pin that I would use to cradle the corks and keep them in place while I pushed against the belt sander. In the end, I used the pliers (see the photo) which were wide enough to comfortably hold the cork from wiggling side-to-side. The bottom handle served as a flat push guide to keep the cork steady against the sander and I was able to line up the text on the cork facing away from me to become the main display when the card is sitting in each one. Much faster and no prep work, but I'm glad I thought through a few options before taking a crack at it.

<p>chique and clever, thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thanks, patsheldon!</p>
<p> not sure when you posted this but I made this for my wedding last October. I would suggest a coping saw over a hack saw. The blade is slightly thinner. I clamped two pieces of wood to my work bench and finding all the corks of similar length I used the two pieces of wood to hold them in place. This way I could cut a dozen corks without resetting the rig. I did have to free hand the cuts but it all went well.</p>
<p>Thanks for the tip, ptrobrn. I was looking for a coping saw and couldn't find any, but found the hack saw kerf worked for me. I think it depends on the thickness and size of the name cards. Thinner paper would likely slip with a hack saw. </p>
Great instructable! Good job. I just noticed that there's a contest for wedding ideas. You should submit this! Who couldn't use a new digital camera? If you do, good luck
<p>Thanks, aspirer, I hadn't seen the contest before - it's entered now. How nice of you to suggest my project for this!</p>
Nice and simple. Well done!

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