I had found a copy of the script in a store in Seattle, but I was not sure how to give it to her as a nice birthday present. I had a few feet of 11” wide by ½” maple board lying around, so I decided to make a laser engraved maple book cover.
I purchased a small white lambskin piece from Tandy Leather that was dyed pure white. It is about 1/16” thick and very soft / supple.
I applied water based contact cement to the rough side of the lambskin and also the backs of the etched front and back binder pieces. You need to let the contact cement dry for about 45 – 60 minutes. After the contact cement is dry, carefully position the leather so that the edge just starts to touch the wood. Be careful! You only get one chance at this. You will stretch the leather if you foul-up and don’t get the alignment correct.
I used a burnishing tool to smooth out the leather so that there were no air bubbles between the leather and the wood.
Use a straight-edge as a guide to help you trim the leather. You need to hold the knife at about a 95 degree angle to make sure that you don’t cut the wood as you do this. Again, you only get one chance.
Wrap your gift and you’re good to go!
I made it at TechShop!