A wooden notebook cover would look nice. But there's the issue of the hinge. This design uses something called a "living hinge" which is a bunch of very close but unconnected cuts in wood that makes the wood flexible. 

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
  • Stain
  • 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

There are 4 parts to the graphics.

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.

<p>Any feedback on how reliable/sturdy the living hinge is? </p>
<p>Mine is still fine but, then, I don't use it every day. The things that kill it are a) folding it too tightly (which you can't do with mine because there's a spiral notebook in it) or b) tearing it (like, taking the two halves, one in each hand, and pulling with one hand and pushing with the other). <br><br>As I say, it's protected from the first, and why would you do the second? </p><p>Having said all that, I think it's more delicate than I like. If I were to do it again I would make the cuts farther apart (2x? 1.5x?) and make the hinge wider (2x). With more wood in the hinge and more room to bend it should be a lot more sturdy. </p>
That is brilliant! I've never seen that accordion cut thing used like this!
<p>yeah its so brilliant </p>
Wow il have to try that someday

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