Paper Diamond Puzzle Sketchbook





Introduction: Paper Diamond Puzzle Sketchbook

About: I like to make inventions, usually out of paper and stuff I have. I have a few projects that i haven't put up on instructables yet...

I made an animated gif! It is the 6th image. 
I made a mini version of this as a test to see if the design that I reversed engineered worked(Look here for the full story: and it did, but for the mini version I used cardboard for the bottom and that caused it to be hard to move the segments all at once, I fixed this problem by having the top and bottom made of card stock. I am able to move it very smoothly, I might make a video in the future, or if someone asks.
And to explain for how it works go to the last image, that explains most of it. I dont know if the creator's book's design is like that but it works for me, and it is a very cool notebook design.

Unfortuantly I wont be able to make a step by step instructable for this exact one because I only took pictures of the first half and I was too busy making the rest that I forgot about taking pictures. I am going to make another one out of wood, and you could use that same instructable for a paper one, you would just have to modify the hinge a little bit.

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    I got the creator's permission to post this, along with the wooden intructable that is coming up


    It's been like 6 years since you posted this. Are you ever going to make the instructable for making this? Thank you.

    Any news on the wooden version instructable you were going to make 2 or 3 years ago?


    2 years ago

    hey..can you please upload a step by step video of how to make the book.

    I think I get the movement of the paper, but I still am confused on how the pin works. How does it unlock without it moving on the outside? (shown in the gif)

    I would raelly like to know how this works.

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    and wow, it really was 2 years ago, I am surprised that it was that long ago, it feels like less than a year ago that I made this

    Eesh, sorry about the delay, ive been extremely busy with school work(who would know IB and AP classes would be so much work!) and basically I have a wire inside one of the little paper triangle pieces(the one on the top) that acts to stop the top of the pin(the pin has a notch in the top of it) until it reaches a certain point(in my 6 point diagram I am refering to the bottom right point) and then the pin is now able to be lifted up due to it not being caught by the metal wire(It is possible to just have the top triangle piece catch the pin, but I didnt want to risk the paper not being secure enough to hold onto the pin and not bend and rip)

    This is on my list of things to do over the summer because I will have more free time(until next school year :/ ) and when I make this the right way out of wood(preferably stained if I have the time) ill make a more proper instructable

    Hello, I've looked at this for quite a while and your comments are on how you will make a video soon. But that comment was there 2 years ago. I would love to know when you will actually make a video. I would really like to learn this.

    Great handicraft idea! I am sure with a few colours and patterns, this paper diamond puzzle sketchbook will look even more outstanding. It is a great DIY project that saves the earth (if you use recycled products) and allows you to customize your own book. A perfect gift for any occasion and something that is meaningful too (when you add your own colours and designs). It also looks like really simple to create, thus it is suitable for people of all ages.

    This is so cool! I would love to make it for a woodworking class I am taking. How is the wood version instructable coming? If you could pm me that would be super awesome.

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    Sorry, my school work has taken up basically all of my time, I am hopeing for maybe during winter break to make an instructable for this, I havent even gotten the wooden parts yet.
    (Just PM'ed you this)

    I didnt make an instructable yet
    There is no how to because I reverse engineered it from an image I found online.

    Yeah, I am making a video for the next version and that will show you how it works.

    after a while of thinking, i STILL don't understand how the lock mechanism and pin work! can u show a video of the cover actually opening or u solving it plz?

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    Did you look at the animated gif?

    I might be able to get a video of it, but I am making a wooden version of this that one will have a video.

    On Kagen Schaefer's page the coloring beneath the diamond is different when it is locked as when it is unlocked. I suspect that the back slides locks the pin, is that so on your's?

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    Sorry about the long wait, and for this version, no, it doesnt have the ability yet, but I am making a wooden version that will have the colored piece so it shows when it is locked
    And if you look at the diagram that shows how it works, the top piece has the lock so when the pin is in it it can be locked and unlocked.