Wooden Binders

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Project by Karson posted 01-05-2007 03:09 AM 8684 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were Christmas presents last year for all of my family. I made about 20 of them. They were mostly all different veneers on the plywood. The spline is Maple with tiger maple veneer and solid tiger maple on the side of the spline. It was glued with epoxy on top of the piano hinges. The sides were 1/4” plywood with veneer on both sides – all 4 sides were the same veneer and were bookmatched. Some had 1 sheet on each side and others were had multiple sheets bookmatched on each surface.

The plans for these binders were from Wood magazine called WoodExtra in a failed attempt at an electronic magazine. I signed up for 1 year (6 issues) and maybe got 3 before the project was canceled.

This plan might also be included in a Wood magazine book of Projects. I bought the book but can’t put my hands on it now. I bought the three ring metal parts from a company in Chicago, Ill. They weren’t too expensive.

I’ve still got about 20 metal parts so I need to make a bunch for myself to get the filing under control.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#1 posted 01-05-2007 03:21 AM


I really like the way they turned out. How did you do the window on the spline?

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 01-05-2007 03:22 AM

Very nice. I love the way they look.

-- Ryan "Junior" Desnoyers

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#3 posted 01-05-2007 03:52 AM

I made a pattern using a Forstner bit at each end and then cut out the wood between them. I then used that as a pattern with a router bushing and a upcut spiral router bit. It’s cut about 1/4 to 3/8” deep.

I’ve not put any identification in the splines yet but probbly some thin but stiff plastic could be inserted over the title to protect it and to keep it form falling out. Or stickey labels printed on a computer and cut to put in the opening.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#4 posted 01-05-2007 07:40 AM

Hi, Karson, seems the traffic to this site is a little on the heavy side tonight, I’m finding it unusually slow.

These binders are very nice. They remind me of what is used, both here in Australia, and in the UK. They normally have two-rings and are known as Lever-Arch Files. I don’t believe they are as supportive of their contents as the three ring binder used in the US and Canada.

Very nice work, Karson. Thanks for sharing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 01-05-2007 11:43 AM

Very nice work Karson.
I don’t think I could afford to make nice binders like these, because I’ve got to many magazines.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 02:59 AM

wow…those are cool…(from a teacher’s point of view…)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 10-07-2008 04:05 AM

Thanks Napaman. A resurrection from the past.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#8 posted 10-07-2008 04:30 AM

I have thought about this as a class shop project. Dilema is cost for the kids. I estimated with the piano style hinges, and even tearing the binder out of an old notebook, about $10. Most kids don’t want to pay that for a notebook. They want something more practical, like a stand for their game systems. Go figure. I plan to make a few for our family scrapbooks. Thanks for the post.

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#9 posted 10-08-2008 02:03 AM

Karson, I am glad this one popped up after 641 days. Great idea.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 06:59 AM

Do you remember the name of the company from Chicago?

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#11 posted 11-05-2009 04:39 AM

This looks so great! I wish I could find the plans for this

-- Jess

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