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A Circuit Board Design Journal made from a reclaimed circuit board, a piece of scrap wood, and scrap paper.

 
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Step 1: Select the Front Cover

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Find an appropriate circuit board to use as a front cover for your journal. Remember that the cover will determine the dimensions of your journal.
In this case, I used a circuit board that had been etched but not soldered.

Step 2: The Pages

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Select the type of paper for your journal. In this case, I used 8 sheets (32 pages) of graph paper and 8 sheets of plain paper. I got the paper from an artists' recycle store.

Step 3: The Back Cover

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Select the back cover material. I used a piece of scrap board, from Tech Shop, that needed stabilization; the knot in the board limited number of applications for which the board could be used. Cut the board to the same size as the circuit board. For this cover I stabilized the knot in the board with Superglue. To make the stabilization even stronger, I could have filled the crevices with sawdust before applying the glue.

Step 4: Finishing the Back Cover

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I sanded the back cover and sprayed it with polyurethane.

Step 5: Holes for Stitching

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Put the covers together and make holes for the cover binding (stitching). In this case the cover was 6" down the side and so I made 3 sets of two holes a half inch apart centered on points 1, 3, and 5 inches from the top edge. I drilled the holes with a Dremel drill press. I drilled holes just big enough for my sewing needle (discussed later) to pass through and centered on a point .13 inches from the edge. I do not work for or own stock in the Dremel Company.

Step 6: Preparing the Pages

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Cut paper to size 2 times the size of the cover. In this case, my cover was 4" x 6" and so I cut my paper into 8" x 4" sheets.

TeslaTeslaTesla (author) 2 months ago

I am a scrounger (forager) and I often rummage (pick) through discards, junk, castoffs, and "mark-down" bins. I have to watch it as I don't have much room. It's not so much that I enjoy getting a bargain -- I do -- but rather, I love using things that others think are nothing but junk. Identifying potential and breathing utility into junk are just the best. I have other obligations but still I need to spend time time on this type of project as it gives me a perspective that helps in every aspect of my life.

TeslaTeslaTesla (author) 2 months ago

Words could never begin to express the happiness that I get from each of your comments. Thank you. It is fun to work on projects like this. Please try one if you haven't yet done so. I had a teacher, now diseased, J. Thorne, who encouraged me to do things and he was a very good part of my life. Thank you Mr. Thorne, "wherever you are!"

very nice idea...........................

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  Chitlange Sahas2 months ago

Thank you for your comment. I am slow in getting back as I couldn't get the hang of making comments but I kept after it. It was a lot of fun to make and it is more durable than I thought it would be.

trans4mation2 months ago

I really dig the look of this project, it is something I would see myself using. Now I just to find an unused circuit board! Nice job TTT!

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  trans4mation2 months ago

Thank you for your comments, trans4mation. It is fun to put one together and I have received comments about it from strangers who first want to know what it is and then how to make it.

Fikjast Scott2 months ago

this is great. well done.

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  Fikjast Scott2 months ago

Thank you for your comments. Scott, it was a lot of fun and I learned a little about patience while working on it.

emilkaram2 months ago

Very cool

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  emilkaram2 months ago

Thank you -- I always wanted to be cool. Maybe now, I can throw away my argyle ties and my Henny Youngman records.

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  emilkaram2 months ago

Thank you very much -- it was a lot of fun.

nqtronix2 months ago

Really cool & creative way to recycle old PCBs. Have you thought about entering the "Green Design Contest"? Cause this is exactly what the contest is about! You'd get my vote, for sure. ;)

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  nqtronix2 months ago

I have thought about it and I did enter. Thank you for your comments and your encouragement.

wliu32 months ago
Be sure to use boards manufactured after 2006 if you are reusing one. ROHS came into effect since 2006 and you don't want leaded solder on your journal.
nqtronix wliu32 months ago

If you're concerned about the lead you could also coat the board in clear spray paint. However as long as you don't lick the boars the lead shoudn't be an issue at all.

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  nqtronix2 months ago

Thank you wliu3 and nqtronix -- great contributions.

I love the look of that! Nice job :)

TeslaTeslaTesla (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 months ago

Thank you