Carbon Fibre Moleskine Template





Introduction: Carbon Fibre Moleskine Template

I had a some carbon fibre lying around so cut out a quick template I can use with my moleskine diaries. It took about 20 minutes and the waste cut-outs were up-cycled to key rings, bookmarks, and bag tags.

- A5 sheet of something reasonably solid (I used a 0.5mm thick carbon fibre sheet but only because it was spare).
- Sandpaper

- Dremel
- (optional) Drill

If you are cutting carbon fibre make sure you wear goggles, a proper dust mask, and gloves. It throws up a lot of nasty dust and splinters, which can be very sharp. 

Step 1: Make Template

Sketch yourself out the template you'd like to cut. Leave at least a 5mm border, more if you are a little shaky with the Dremel, less if you are feeling cocky. Attached is the template I used which will fit a standard large (13cm x 21cm) moleskine. Stick it to your material. Try to align it with the corner to save yourself a couple of cuts. 

Step 2: Trim and Sand

Carefully cut out all of the blocks. Try to be reasonably accurate so you can use the cut-out portions. Don't worry if you overshoot a couple of edges - if you've selected a stiff enough material it should still be pretty solid.

Sand around the edges and corners. Give it a thorough going-over as you want to ensure all carbon fibre splinters are gone - they are super sharp. Sand the outside corners down as well. 

Finally the cut-out portions should be big enough to be useful - I made myself a key ring, 2x bookmarks, and 3 x bag tags (with corner holes drilled for ties). Just make sure you give them all a good sanding and take the corners off. Enjoy!



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    Professional book and magazine designers use a base grid to set out words and pictures. As long as you size elements based on combinations of the base grid, the whole thing looks reasonably consistent. A good description of this is here:

    I'm not a professional but I find the temple helps me visually arrange the diary pages (for projects, sketches, tables etc). It is based on a 6x4 square grid with a 5mm border (not counting the title blocks). Larger holes are sized partially for usefulness, and partially so I have every size combination in the height and width (i.e. H=6=1+5, 2+4, 3+3; W=4=1+3, 2+2).

    Thanks for the idea! I loved the vimeo film, and discovering Vignelli... Seems he is a real guru. I will definitely adapt your idea here to the materials I have around. I love my Moleskins :)

    Unfortunately, Massimo Vignelli *was* a guru in the world of design. (Except for those modular clothing bits, imho.) If you have Netflix, do a search for "Design is One" to learn more about him and his talented wife, Lelia.

    good idea, BUT:
    One thing you have to care, is all the powder when sanding and cuting by hand, because carbon particles are really cancerous !!! then can enter your blood system or lungs by breathing, by contact with your eyes, or for the fine sanding, only by contact with you skin !
    So it is really important to wear closed glasses, latex gloves and a nano particles filter mask to avoid cancer by infiltration ! (or better, give it to cut to specialised people with a laser cuter)

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    Where did you get the carbon fibre from? Are there cheap sources (aka waste I could scavenge) for that?

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    I had bought the carbon fibre for another project and had a little bit of it left unused for this. It was expensive which is why I didn't want to throw out any of the little pieces cut out of this. I don't think you'll find waste carbon fibre very easily but any sheet material should work. A thick card would probably even do the trick, it just might not be as durable.

    Thank you.
    I got those big greedy scavenger-sees-treasure-eyes for a moment but I'm back on earth now :)

    It looks neat enough, but I'm not quite sure what you would use this template for?

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    Yes, I'm very sorry about that, I saw the other question moments after I had posted mine.

    Actually, as a DTP-operator I make 'grids' like yours all the time. It just never occurred to me that you could use the same technique with pen and paper :) Guess I'm digigirl to the core :s

    Template are under-used. I use templates for all sorts of things from drawing to marking out materials in the workshop.
    This is a great idea, I am going to make some but cut them on my laser cutter.