For the past few months I’ve been life-testing an original wooden wallet design. Actually, I’ve been testing it for more than a year, in various finishes—folks here gave me a lot of feedback on finishes—but I’ve been actively using the most recent iteration for about 7 months now. I’m now satisfied that it works well in daily use, so I’ve posted it to my new Etsy store. And of course sharing some images with you all!
This version of the wallet is made of wenge and maple. I’ve also used purpleheart and bubinga, and will likely post a two-tone version in wenge/padauk next. It is really a card wallet; it isn’t designed to hold currency.
The wallet is held together using pegs or treenails (or trenails or trunnels if you prefer). In other words, slices of maple precisely sized to present a square profile. Because the thickness and sometimes the kerf vary by sheet of material, I use a parametric design file (in OpenSCAD) so that I can quickly customize cuts to each sheet of wood. If you’re not familiar, a “parametric design file” is code that specifies a drawing. The thickness and kerf of each different material is specified in variables, and the code ensures that the exported art file will produce the right dimensions. Here’s a sample from the file:
// Define material thicknesses panelThickness = 1.61; // Thickest measurement, effectively used only for peg/treenail length railThickness = 3.19; pegThickness = 3.19; foamThickness = 1.88; // Define kerf for each material panelKerf = 0.05; railKerf = 0.085; pegKerf = 0.085; foamKerf = 0.42;
I call this wallet “browsable” because the cards are held in place by internal grippers (foam rubber bumpers), and these allow you to slide the cards with your thumb. To get the card you need, you browse through it by swiping cards down to find the one you need. Hopefully this image makes this clear:
Since this is the Made on a Glowforge category, I’ll also call out the packaging. An envelope of laser-cut black polyester is folded over the wallet and sealed with a custom wax seal—which was stamped with a stamp I cut and etched in acrylic on the Glowforge. (I found assurance on this forum that the acrylic would work as a stamp–so thanks again all!)
Here’s a quick snap of the stamp:
Thanks for reading!