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October 2009
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A New Year, A Clean Sweep, and A Request for Help

A New Year

First, the obvious: Hello, and welcome to 2009. Happy New Year to you and yours.

A Clean Sweep

Two things I'm doing to get ready to face 2009:


  1. I'm going to stop taking posting to LiveJournal so damn seriously. I have all these ideas I keep thinking about posting, but then I never do because I have this idea in my head that I need to write it all out very thoroughly and well-developed. I don't know why I think this - I mean it's not like this is a professional blog (like the internal one I'm starting up at work, or the possible public one that might be coming soon (more on those later)). LiveJournal (for me anyway) is about staying in touch and having fun. So, I officially give myself permission to post short, off-the-top-of-my-head stuff when it occurs to me. If I come up with a better thought-out version later, I can always post a follow-up.
  2. I'm getting really organized and disciplined on my 3x5 card tracking system. When I use it, it works. When I don't, things slip through the cracks. I've been pretty good about it the past couple months, but I want to kick it up to the next level. I'm up to too much stuff that I have no intention of dropping and given a choice, I'd prefer to excel at all of it. :-) (I'll post more later about why I, one of the more High-Tech geeks I know, has chosen to go so Old School for this.)

A Request for Help

To really put number 2 into effect, and to start making the card catalog functional rather than decorative, I need to find a hole punch that will put a 3/8-inch hole in standard index cards.

It turns out that your "standard-size hole punch for three-ring binders, etc. punched a 1/4-inch hole. That's big enough to allow the metal guide in the catalog drawers to go through the cards, but not to allow them to be flipped through. With a 3/8-inch hole, the cards can stay secured in the drawer and be flipped through easily.

Now, I know for a fact that, at some point in time, people manufactured 3/8-inch hole punches. As proof of this, I point to every library card catalog that was ever easy to use, and well as the measurement I took of the hole in the cards that came in one of the drawers of my card catalog. So, logically, there must be some out there somewhere.

I, however, have had exactly zero luck finding one. I've tried every office supply store I know in the area. I've searched online. I've called all the big chain office supply places I could think of. I've called Staples' specialty store (did you know Staples had a specialty store? I didn't before this search).

So, I appeal to y'all in the hopes that someone has better luck with search engines than me, or just that someone might know where to find one. Ideally, I'm looking for two different things:

  1. A small hand-held 3/8-inch single-hole punch for doing one card at a time.
  2. Something that will let me punch a 3/8-inch hole in multiple 3x5 cards at once (I've thought about using a drill press to put a hole through an entire 100-pack of cards before I use them, but I don't know if this would work and I don't own a drill press).

Any pointers to where I might acquire either (or especially both) of the above will earn not only my eternal gratitude and esteem, but also, upon successful acquisition, a Bonus Point. :-)

Happy 2009 everyone, and best of luck on your own quests in the new year....

Current Location: Tewksbury, MA
Current Music: George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Comments

You might look at http://www.carolinastamp.com/LRholepunch.htm

(Model 464, type B, might be one thing you're looking for.)

Damn, that was fast. :-)

All their pricing and ordering info is available only by phone. I just tried them and it turns out their business hours are 9 to 4. I'll try them again tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

Thanks!

Welcome to LJ, Land of Bored People :-)

Good luck! I should have mentioned that I can't personally vouch for the site, but I have trouble believing that somebody selling obscure hole punchers would be a scammer.

Doesn't seem like the most lucrative scam possibility, does it?
:-)

narya spoiled the fun, but I think I've taken a drill to a stack of paper before and it worked fairly well. For the life of me though, I can't remember what it was for so maybe I'm imagining having done it or it working.

I can try the drilling thing. Sadly, I think a drill press would be the right tool here.

Oddly enough, this is the second time in the past six months that I've wished I owned (or at least had access to) a drill press...

I've done this without a drill press too. Just put a sheet of basswood or scrap wood on top and clamp the whole thing down on both sides. Works fine, especially for the kind of application you're talking about. The hole it makes is pretty clean; just a tad fuzzy. It's not clean enough for doing fancy card art but you're just going to put in a card file.

Yeah, I don't need a fancy-art clean cut. Just a will-last-and-not-destroy-card cut.

Have drill press (sort of), will travel. Shall I bring it tomorow?

If it's not too much trouble, sure, if only because I'm curious what a "sort of" drill press is. :-)

I know Kinko's has some sort of drill press they use to put holes in things. Alas, the only address I have for my Kinko's contact is snail mail.

I ought to be able to locate a Kinko's. Of course, if Kinko's has something that would work, my local Staples' copy center might as well.

you can use a Japanese screw punch to do multiple holes. I have one if you want to try it, I can swing by at some point I am sure. The bits for it are in mm but ought to be something close, I can check later when I don't have a lil one asleep on me.

I am fairly certain a drill press would work too. I keep meaning to get one cause they would be so handy!
I think you could make a template with some wood that woulg get you fairly consistent results with just a drill.

I don't think I know what a Japanese screw punch is...

OK, I found a good descriptions here and here. Sounds like the standard bits, at least on the versions I saw, would be a little smaller than I'm looking for, but I'd appreciate your checking yours anyway.

Sadly the largest tip I can find is 5mm, which is still too small. And the heavy duty eyelet punch I found will only do as large as 1/4". Sad because they can do a lot of paper at once.

Maybe you can preorder the cards punched somewhere?

I think the drill is your best bet for doing a whole pack of cards. Like Merasta said, you clamp wood on to both sides of the stack. (in fact you can predrill a hole in the wood in the right spot - and you can reuse the "jig" over and over") I think if you do that, the drill press isn't as critical, if you are careful.

I am intrigued by your ideas, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter

Oh, wait, apparently I've done that.

I'm getting really organized and disciplined on my 3x5 card tracking system. When I use it, it works. When I don't, things slip through the cracks. I've been pretty good about it the past couple months, but I want to kick it up to the next level. I'm up to too much stuff that I have no intention of dropping and given a choice, I'd prefer to excel at all of it. :-) (I'll post more later about why I, one of the more High-Tech geeks I know, has chosen to go so Old School for this.)

Having fulfilled my 2008 resolution to Not Accumulate Piles of Useless Junk on my Desk, I am planning to kick it up a notch and have gone back and forth about 3 times as to whether to keep to-do lists on index cards or in Outlook. I'm quite curious as to your experience...

I was talking to a colleague the other day and it came up in conversation that he once worked in the division at the Library of Congress that, among other things, printed card catalog cards for the LoC and libraries across the country.

I asked about punching holes and the LoC used a drill press to put the holes in their cards.