Woodturning A Handy Playing Card Holder


Hi, Alan Stratton from As Wood Turns dot com.
When my grandchildren come to visit, we like to play games. Some of these games include
cards. Their hands are small — they have a hard time holding their cards. In the past,
I’ve made boards for each of them with a slanted slot that they could hold their cards in.
It sits on the table in front of them. But they still like to hold their cards in
their hands like the big people do. The other day I saw in the store a round plastic card
holder. I thought, “Why can’t that be made out of wood and round.” After all, if I can
make it from wood, I don’t want plastic. So, I designed a card holder that kids can
use to hold their cards. It’s a fairly simple design. It consists of two outer discs that
are tapered in the middle so a card can easily slid in between them. It has an edge there.
These outer discs are held in place by an inner hollow cylinder so that they’re aligned.
The tension is provided by an elastic band — this actually was a girl’s hair band. To
keep that in place, there’s a very small disc. In this case, I made them from maple. They
enable the band to be in tension and to hold the other plates in place.
Then it’s fairly easy for a child to insert their cards and to be able to play their hand.
So let’s make a child’s card holder. I’m starting with 2 segmented rings in walnut
left over from a previous project. This project does not require segmented ring construction.
These could have been 2 solid pieces of wood. I’ve put small pieces of double stick tape
between the two pieces and again between them and a wood faceplate. I’m rounding them off
together so ensure they are the same diameter. This seemed to be a reasonable option rather
than measuring both. These rings are a bit too big so I’m parting
off the outer portion. I’ll figure out another way to use the scrap ring.
After a little fiddling, I’m boring out the center. The hole is around 1″ diameter.
Then, I’ll turn a recess in the disc that I will use later to mount the disk. This side
will be on the inside. Whoops, I did not use enough double stick
tape — the discs just came off the faceplate. My tape was more on the outer rings. They
will not mount exactly where they were — but they’re close.
Next, I’ll remove the top disc so I can cut a mounting recess in the other disc.
Next, I’ve mounted one disc on my small jaws in an expansion grip. I’ll thin down the ring
to be lighter and more graceful. I’ll cut the face with an ogee process that I’ve learned
from Jimmy Clewes. I’ll mark about half way over the curve and cut a cove in the outer
portion. With the cove cut, then I’ll mark it off in thirds and round off the middle
third between the flat and the cove. Voila, my ogee.
When complete, I’ll sand and finish it with a friction polish.
Then on to the second disk. Same process, thin it down, cut the ogee, sand and finish.
Now for the outer discs, I’m using maple left over from another old project. These pieces
have a piece of walnut veneer glued into a wave cut. Again, the wave is not necessary.
With double stick tape, I stuck them together and predrilled holes ¾” apart. Then I mounted
them to a faceplate again with double stick tape.
Again, I should have used more double stick tape. So this time, I used hot melt glue.
Then cut a pleasing profile, sand and finish. The back side of these discs will be hidden.
And repeat for the other disc, cut the profile, sand and finish.
The final part is a short hollow cylinder that keeps everything in position. I using
a scrap piece of walnut chucked into my long nose jaws. I’ll reduce the diameter to fit
the holes in the large discs. Then bore out the center with a forstner bit. Finally, part
off a length to fit inside the two outer discs. Assembly consisted of putting all the pieces
in place and tying a girls stretchy hair loop in a knot. After applying thin CA glue to
the hair loop where I wanted to cut it, I cut off the excess. The CA should prevent
fraying. And, voila we have a card holder for my grandchildren
to use when playing cards. Or my parents may want to use one also.
Be sure to like this video and subscribe to my website and YouTube channel. Safe turning
makes for good turning — Please wear your face shield. Until next time, this is Alan
Stratton from As Wood Turns dot com.

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26 thoughts on “Woodturning A Handy Playing Card Holder

  1. Allen, what a great project, I have several elders who play canasta and ponytail almost every day. these game sessions go on for ever, their worse than a goodole boys poker game. my great grandmother watched your video with me, she's 93 so guess what I have to do now, thanks Allen.
    Will

  2. Alan: you mention that you made this for kids, but it's also a great idea for anyone with mobility or dexterity problems. Someone with severe arthritis or who has lost fingers, etc. would find this very useful. Well done!

  3. I remember using holders for cards when I played cards with my grandparents.
    I am looking forward to making some for us.

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