Have fun making and using!
Step 1: Parts
Two 12 inch long hinges. These can be found at most hardware stores
One two inch binder that you are willing to take apart/destroy
Enough machine screws with matching nuts to fit into every hole in the two hinges. I had 24 holes so I bought 30 screws
Two long screws with nuts to attach the binder release mechanism to the wood
(optional) Furniture Finish or oil
A drill with High Speed Steel (Gold in color) bits to fit the two types of screws
Loctite or other Thread Locker
A saw, I used a table saw
Somthing to write with
And finally a grinder or sandpaper
Step 2: Cut The Wood
Two pieces of 12x11
One piece of 12x2 (hence the two inch binder)
Step 3: Drill Out The Binder Release Mechanism
Step 4: Drill Holes For The Hinges
Then drill the holes!
At this point I realized that a 12 inch hinge is not 12 inches long so I marked it to be as tall as the binder and used a grinder (or sandpaper) to make the hinge flush with the boards.