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I would check Tandy leather. Sometimes fabric stores will have small pieces of chrome-tanned leather (the softer kind that you probably want for book binding) for cheap. You can also use upholstery leather, which sometimes looks a little more "fake" but is very cheap. Here's a couple instructables I have on book binding: it's a lot of fun!http://www.instructables.com/id/Leather-binding-a-Paperback-A-New-and-Improved-Gui/http://www.instructables.com/id/Bind-a-Book-in-Tooled-Leather/
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Yes and yes! Also, see my updated instructable with what I think is a slightly better method here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Leather-binding-a-Paperback-A-New-and-Improved-Gui/
I'm not sure... I've never tried it. The best way might be to remove the rings, perfect-bind the pages, then proceed as usual. Another possibility would be to cut two separate pieces of leather and gluing them to the front and back covers (leaving the rings exposed).
and that ;)
Awesome, post pictures if you get a chance!
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I would recommend 1/16" chipboard (see step 9), but it's not super crucial.
Yeah, I'd say four or five 1-2 hour nights would be plenty.
let me know how it works out
Sorry, I don't have files for the expansions... it should be pretty easy to modify the base files though!
Yeah... not sure why I wrote not to glue it to the spine. I think my thought was that the leather would slide over the cardboard easier if I only glued them together at the folds. Looking back, I don't think it would have made a difference. I'll modify step 15. Thanks!
I have! They are here (you can skip the tooling if you like): http://www.instructables.com/id/Bind-a-Book-in-Tooled-Leather/
My only advice would be to make sure the binding itself (the glue and super) is intact. It's fine for it to curl away from the spine of the cover... in fact, books are designed to do this (that's why you don't glue the spine of the cover to the spine of the text block).
Thanks! Yes, do it, and post a picture!
Thanks! Definitely give it a try, it's pretty fun. And nice pencil case!
It means the thickness of the cardboard; the idea is that the leather will be able to cover that thickness.Thanks, enjoy!
Good luck! What's the book?
I've never used Rumford, but it seems to have good reviews. Sounds worth a try... if you try it, let me know how it turns out!
Right, the spine is glued to the leather but not the book. Good luck!
Nice, looks great!
Great, glad it worked out!
Hard to say... Veneer is just thin wood, so anything made for stripping wood should be safe... I'm not very experienced in using chemical stripping agents though.
Nice! Looks great. Thanks for posting.
I would recommend cutting everything you can with a skil saw, then using a router or jig saw (both of which will be a lot slower) for the tight turns. Fixed vs plunge router: I'm no expert, but I think you'd want the plunge router if you need to "plunge" (i.e. start in the middle somewhere). Alternatively, you could use a drill to make a starter hole and then use a fixed router from that starting point.
Thanks for the great design and instructions! It was my first time using rivets; now a whole new world is open to me :)
Thanks, glad it was helpful!
thanks! and ha, yes: I was trying to show it's durability.
Thanks! Good luck with the hospital books: post pictures if you get a chance.
Thanks a ton!
Thanks! Yes, definitely give it a try (and post a picture if you do!)
Tandy Leather is a great place. You can also find small pieces on amazon: search for "vegetable tanned leather".
Thanks very much!
Nice, thanks for posting!
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Thanks, good luck!
Thanks! let me know how it goes.
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A fun project! This is my second attempt: on the first I used a thinner, floppier leather (probably around 2 oz). This one turned out better.One note: this is probably better as a woman's wallet. Sticking it in your back pocket is a little uncomfortable with the snap in the middle. My wife loves it in her purse though.
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