Basically it's a piece of wood with the hinge in the middle and a bit of decoration. And this time, I went beyond my comfort zone to try to really make the wood look nice.
- A laser etcher
- A piece of 1/8" 24"x12" plywood
- A piece of 12"x10" card stock or high density plastic
- Sander or sanding block
- 220 grit sanding paper
- spray on clear coat
- a spiral notebook
I made it at TechShop! techshop.ws
Step 1: Set Up the Grapics
First there is the outline. I wanted to use a 10.5"x8" notebook. It turns out that the covers are a bit too heavy for the living hinge design I'm using if you use a full size notebook. So my outline is 17.5" x 11.25". I used rounded corners.
Next there is the hinge. I got lucky on the first try and discovered that 1.5" cuts with 9/100" vertical distance and 5/100" apart work well for what I'm doing. After some experimentation I made it 1.5" wide. If you want it to be stiffer and stronger, move the cuts farther apart. You might be able to move the cuts closer together but I'm not so sure about that.
Next we have the title. I just used my name (I'm Dave, nice to meet you). Sometimes people use something like "My Sketches" or "My Notebook". It's up to you.
Finally there is the graphic. Frankly both the title and the graphic are completely optional. I like the image of The Fool but you can put anything you like on it.
Step 2: Cut Out the Wood
Step 3: Sanding
A good sanding will remove most of that and highlight some of the higher points in the graphics as well.
Step 4: Staining
Step 5: Clear Coating
Let it dry for a day and then resand it. It just needs a very light sanding to smooth out the coating. If you like you can do this a few times and build up a thick clear coat.
Step 6: Add the Notebook Pocket
I prefer to glue on a pocket. I used this high density plastic that I had lying around and it worked fine. A simple solution is to simply use card stock.
I cut the pocket with the laser cutter but, of course, you could just use a sharp craft knife.