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What material could I use to make a replacement cover for a ring binder? Answered

I have a small ring binder that had the front cover torn off. The rings are still good, and there's plenty of paper, so I want to replace it. I use it to keep my geocaching notes in, so cardboard or fabric are not options. I'd like something with similar properties to the original vinyl-covered cardboard. It is held on by two rivets. Suggestions?

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adamadkison
adamadkison

9 years ago

You could get a piece of hardboard cut to size and attach veneer to the front for looks.  Then drill out the holes (and drill out the original rivets, obviously) and apply 3+ coats of polyurethane to the front, back and edges.  Then just re-rivet the cover onto the notebook.   Hardboard is not particularly flexible.  If this is a trait you are looking for, I'd suggest paneling, like they put up in trailers.  That is flexible, to a point.

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shmelfhelp
shmelfhelp

9 years ago

if you have any soy milk cartons or juice cartons that are lined with aluminium inside - they can make tough book covers.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

10 years ago

 If you want hard wearing you could use something like styrene plasticard. Adding actual plastic hinges to it.  Also very easy to work with.


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bowmaster
bowmaster

10 years ago

Human skin.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

10 years ago

Old PC motherboards ?

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CameronSS
CameronSS

Answer 10 years ago

I considered that, but I don't think it would work for what I need. It's a little 1/2" binder that takes pages roughly 3 .75"x6.625", and I slip it in the front pocket of a Camelbak bag, so it has to be somewhat flexible.

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

Answer 10 years ago

Very nice. I used to have a spiral-bound notebook bound this way, and it was way cool.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 10 years ago

+1

I was going to suggest that!

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago

Do you have any old video-cassettes (in PP boxes)?

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Koosie
Koosie

10 years ago

Aluminium treadplate or stainless steel sheet metal with a polished look.

Aluminium is light and easy to rivet but the stainless has a very awesome look.