How to Make a Wooden Playing Card Holder

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Making a wooden playing card holder that will hold an entire hand of cards requires the use of a router. The playing card holder sits on the table in front of the individual playing the cards and has a curved area to place the cards. This prevents the other card players from seeing what playing cards are in the hand. Wooden playing card holders may be fancy or plain depending on the time that is put into the finished piece. Make several so every individual has their own wooden playing card holder.

Playing cards
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Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • 1- By 12- By 12-Inch Piece Of Pine
  • Paintbrush
  • Router Bit
  • Router
  • All-In-One Stain And Varnish

Draw a semicircle on the 1- by 12- by 12-inch board so the top of the semicircle is 1 inch down from the top of the board and 1 inch in from the two opposite side edges. A 10-inch radius will appear between the two lines that are on the bottom edge of the board.

Router a 1/4-inch wide by 1/2-inch deep groove along the drawn semicircle.

Sand the routered board to remove all splinters and rough areas. Stain with the all-in-one stain and varnish. Let dry thoroughly before use.


  • A semicircle may be cut from the center of the bottom of the wooden playing card holder to give it a different look and remove weight from the article. Painting designs on the card holder will give individual character and flair.