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Awhile ago I acquired several Moleskine notebooks(for a buck each) and after seeing a few different things to do to said Moleskines here on Instructables, I decided to venture forth into the great big world of modification for the, uh,sake of modification.

Herein I will Destroy two Mother Boards and two pristine Moleskine notebooks for which the sum of the two will only be judged worthy as a new whole by you the Instructable peruser.

In other words is this cool or not?

Whatever your decision, I found this to be a satisfying way to spice up my notebooks.

Thanks and Enjoy
LeNague


 
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Step 1: Assemble Tools and Components

Gather some supplies:

2 and a half mother boards. My neighbor threw out some computer parts and I did a little judicial curb side reuseification. You could probably do this project with just one Mobo, I used more just so I could pick out what I thought were the most interesting visually appealing parts. This project is entirely open to modification on your part. Use whatever you would like to my friends!

5 minute Epoxy. I used two packs..87cents at Harbor Freight.

Tools:
Dremel and bits
Various pliers and cutters
Sharpie and or Pencil
Screw drivers(err, I mean little pry bars. For removing unwanted components)

Step 3: And Cut!

Once the layout has been determined, grab the nearest marking device and trace around the Moleskine to get your cut lines.

OK, now grab your diamond cutoff wheel enabled dremel tool and cut!

Step 4: Determine Visual Appeal and Take Corrective Action on any Deficiencies.

Weight to hold doodad down.JPG
Glue up of doodads on front.JPG
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Completed front and back.JPG
If you find that the pieces you have cut and fit to your Moleskine are perfect as is then disregard this step.

I found that my mother board pieces, hence forth referred to as Front and Back, needed some sprucing up. I added two bits to the Front and four bits to the Back.

Epoxy these bits to their respective Fronts or Backs.

jacob_kellman2 months ago

This is really cool. I have just had the issue of that kind of stuff cutting into me, or cutting into my bag, so I wouldn't want that on my notebook.

Joe Martin6 years ago
The doodad is from a floppy drive! I took one apart last month. Now give me a cookie for that!
lenague (author)  Joe Martin6 years ago
Sure thing my friend! It's in the mail.
 I want a cookie too! I made a necklace with a stereo transistor and the floppy drive motor!
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cam424 years ago
I am insanely surprised at getting moleskines for a buck. But incredible idea, well done.
AdHd5 years ago
I think the ribbon cable binder is great. I may just do one, but I think I'll leave stuff off the back cover. Not exactly something easy to carry, but a nice Instructable. Good work.
Very cool project. Although some of those circuit mount components contain lead which can be dangerous.
What are you going to do that makes this dangerous? Eat it?
Creamaster6 years ago
Cutde, but seems like more of a prop. How would you actually use it? It'd be all lumpy and wouldn't lay flat would it? Still, grate cover for a finished notebook. Sit that on your shelf or coffee table and people will flip through it.
lenague (author)  Creamaster6 years ago
Initially the covers would not lie flat, but once I placed extra components on the boards they did in fact lie flat thus resulting in a acceptable surface to write upon.
where on earth did you get moleskines for 1 dollar each?!!?!?!?!! (good instructable by the way looks pretty cool)
lenague (author)  pyelitegamerro766 years ago
The Moleskine notebooks were purchased from a discount book store that was in the process of changing hands. They had oodles of stuff for really deep discount prices. If your in Michigan it was the bookstore in the Tanger Outlet Mall off of I-75 Exit 133(I Think)
lenague (author)  lenague6 years ago
Your should be you're, I hate it when I don't catch that!
That looks freaking awesome. Great job, and how did you get those for a dollar each?! (Yes, I'm surprised as pyelitegamerro76.) +1 rating. (added to favorites)
gmjhowe6 years ago
Nice, good job, works a treat! i wouldnt want to keep it on my pocket tho!! It would be neat to de-solder most the componants off.