This is a fun and quick project that you could do in about 20 minutes, and best of all it is free. All that's needed is a scrap piece of wood, a drill press or hand drill, a band or table saw and a belt sander.
Step 1: Materials
All you will need is a few tools and some scrap wood laying around your shop. I used a small piece of red oak, hardwood tends to work better and make a stronger end product.
Step 2: Drilling a Hole
When you find a piece of scrap wood that will work (around 3-4 inches long and 1 inch thick should work) mark the center of the thin side of the wood where you want the hole.(photo 1) then use your drill press or hand drill to drill the hole (photo 2) all the way through the wood. ( I used a 1/8inch drill bit, but I recommend using a 1/4)
Step 3: Cutting the Money Clip
For this step you will use either a band or table saw, I am using and recommend using a band saw, but it is easy to do on a table saw as well. 1.Mark a line from the center of your hole to the end of the wood ( photo 1).
2. Cut the line until you reach the hole ( photo 2)
Step 4: Shaping the Money Clip
After the cut is made you should have something that will work as a clip, but isn't very aesthetically pleasing. Using the belt sander and some low grit sand paper ( I use 80 grit) to shape the clip. When you find a shape that you like, keep it.
Step 5: Optional Staining
I used a water based walnut stain that I make myself ( we have a lot of trees to provide walnuts) then I added two coats of polyurethane to protect it from the constant use it will be getting.
Step 6: Finish
If you choose to polyurethane your clip, let it dry and stop carrying your bulky wallet around. I plan on making an instruct able for my walnut stain when the snow thaws and I can harvest walnuts. If you have any questions feel free to comment. Thanks!!!