I recently went to the NC Maker Faire in Raleigh, which meant a lot of preparation in order to make my table look presentable. Along with some other stuff (like a jcopro.net spray-paint stencil), a business card holder seemed like a good idea since I’d had a bunch of them printed out.
I originally tried to make one with my CNC router out of plywood, but after a few tries of apparently too-aggressive cutting, I decided to instead use my manual mill and a 2×4 to crank one out. After a coat of stain and lacquer, this actually looked really good! If I was a bit more ambitious, I would have engraved it with my router.
As for how I actually made this business card holder, I cut a 2×4 to 2 1/2 inches in length with my miter saw (both available on my “astore” along with other awesome stuff that I use). I then simply milled a slot down the middle with a 1/2 inch milling bit to around a 3/4 inch depth. This didn’t seem quite wide enough, so I took a few more passes making it around 3/4 inches. None of this was measured, but it turned out pretty well.
I then sanded the block, applied some wood stain then sealer that I had left over from another project. After letting it dry, it looked quite good. I managed to give away around 150 business cards at the Maker Faire, so maybe this little guy helped. Considering you could make nearly 40 of these from a 10 foot 2×4 I’d say it was definitely worth the material cost!
If you’re interested in seeing some pics of the Maker Faire, check out this post!