Introduction: LEATHER INLAY
Did you just say "leather inlay?"
Kink: Because there is a leather contest.
I guess I should be thankful it wasn't a fertilizer contest.
Step 1: ROUTING THE INLAY GROOVES
I drew a basic border design. I installed a 1/4" router bit. Using a combo square to get distance measurements and blue tape to mark the beginning and end of the bit cut, I routed out the border.
Step 2: SELECTING INLAY THE MATERIAL
I rummaged through my box of hardwood cut-offs and found a dark piece of wood.
Step 3: THE THIN STRIP JIG
No, the thin strip jig is not a dance done by an emaciated burlesque star.
I used a 1/4" piece of plywood to set the jig 1/4" away from the saw blade then cut a bunch of strips by moving the fence with each cut.
Step 4: THINNING THE THICK INLAY
Yes, the strips were too thick and stood proud of the surface. I used my tenoning jig to trim it closer -- then sanded it smooth.
Step 5: THE LEATHER INLAY
Once the wooden inlay was flush, I drew the year in Roman numerals, freehanded the grooves with my hand router, and found an old belt. The back of the belt said Genuine Leather. I was in business. I cut thin strips of leather and super-glued them into the grooves.
Step 6: DECONSTRUCTING THE BOOK
I deconstructed a notebook, cut a bunch of bamboo skewers and glued them through the holes into the back cover.
Step 7: RECONSTRUCTING THE BOOK
I reconstructed the notebook using the bamboo skewers, a piece of scrap wood for the spine, and lots of glue.
Step 8: EVERYTHING HINGES ON THIS
I used old cabinet hinges left from when I changed the hinges on all the kitchen cabinet doors.
Step 9: LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
As usual, all comments appreciated and all questions answered.
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