So recently my friend has gotten me a notebook with a cover that wasn't as appealing to me. Instead of being a jerk and getting a new book, I decided to create a new book cover for the book. After thinking about various book covers, I decided that the best course of action would be to make a book cover out of wood.
- 1/8 inch sheet plywood
- old notebook (could buy new, but who wants to spend money?)
- glue (preferably craft glue)
- laser cutter
-computer (for the design and cutting)
Step 1: Design
First i gutted pages from the book cover. Then I hopped onto libre office draw (one of the many laser cutting softwares I'm comfortable with) and I drew living hinges.
Living hinges are little slits in wood or cardboard that allow it to bend without the use of adding actual hinges. I created different test hinges to see which best fit the book pages.
Step 2: More Laser Cutting + Bending Cover
After I found the best hinge (not shown), I stacked them to the hight of the original book cover and added rectangles for the front and back of the cover. With the file made, I sent them to the laser cutter to cut.
After the cover was cut, I noticed that it naturally stayed in an open position. To get it to close naturally, I soaked the hinge in water for three minutes. Because I didn't want to bend the front and back cover as well, I applied wet towels over the hinge itself. Once three minutes passed, I bent the book to where it stayed closed and applied heat to it via heat gun so that it stayed in that position
Step 3: Fitting and Glueing
Now all thats left is to glue the cover to the book. Being that this was the first ever book cover I made, I didn't know the best way to glue it. I do plan to learn a better method and put it on an updated instructable.