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Marble Paper Holder
Basic Description Here is a free plan for a unique paper holder that you can mount on any flat surface. A line of marbles is wedged between two pieces of clear plastic and their weight holds photos, cards, notes or any other paper up against a wall. In addition to the interesting look of this project, there is a great feature: you can insert and remove papers with one hand without fumbling with clips, clamps or magnets.
Materials Wood, acrylic plastic, wood glue, finishing oil or paint, screws, marbles. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools Table saw (with tilting arbor), drill with various bits. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $6
Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
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Similar Projects If you enjoy this project, you may also be interested in our curved photo stand or bulletin board projects.

the project plan begins here

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The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared and set-up before commencing because you become free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
the completed paper holder

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 - Wood 3/4" x 2" (19 x 51mm) x desired length of holder. We used some pine about 16" (40cm) long.
#2 - Acrylic or Plexiglass: 3/16" - 1/4" (5 - 6mm) thick x 6" (15cm) wide by desired length of holder.
#3 - Wood glue; we used polyurethane glue but yellow glue is acceptable.
#4 - Optional: Finishing oil or paint; we left the wood unfinished.
#5 varies 5/8" (16mm) diameter glass marbles; you will need enough to create a line that spans the length of the holder.

Tool List

table saw with tilting arbor
drill with various drill bits
small clamps

We recommend that you read through the entire plan and especially the design considerations section before acquiring/assembling all of the requisite tools and materials. There are some options involved with this project, and it is most prudent to be fully informed of them before making design decisions.

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