Step 1: Materials
Two metal plates cut to the same size.
A Bi-Directional Ratchet
A place to weld
Pages to put inside your book
(potentially you may also need a wrench and a needle or awl)
Step 2: Cut Down the Metal
Optionally, if you want to make a more secure book, you may want to have a second ratchet on the bottom side of your book, if so, obviously you will have to cut down your front cover even more
Step 3: Weld the Metal to the Ratchet
Step 4: Fix the Ratchet
Many bi-directional ratchets use a plastic switching component. Welding can burn this component and turn the ratchet into a one way ratchet. Because you will want to fill in the inside of your un-closable book after you've welded it, if it has been turned into a one way ratchet, you won't be able to close it again after completing the inside, effectively turning your book from a once open to a never opened book.
The solution to this is to rotate the switch segment of the ratchet and pull it out at the same time. Because the plastic switch is stuck, the pin with the spring in the ratchet switch will move into a position that allows the whole switch to be removed. once it's out you should have a reasonable view of the switch. Take your awl or needle and place it on the switch side that isn't inset and gently tap on your awl or pin with your wrench/hammer/anything. Eventually the switch will break free of the melting and move again.
Push the spring and pin back into the switch component, and place it back into the ratchet. Everything should work fine again
Step 5: Figure Out the Insides
Finally, close the book, and weld the switch on the ratchet head closed so that it cannot be switched anymore.
Step 6: And You're Done!
once I get the other books done, I'll post videos of all of them at my website: www.stfj.net