Wooden Display for Cards, possibly a wooden book?

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Forum topic by interpim posted 11-29-2011 04:50 AM 882 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-29-2011 04:50 AM

I am hoping you all can help me out with a design issue…

I have been in the Navy for some time now, and I have a few hobbies besides woodworking that keep me fairly occupied. One of those is card collecting.

I recently purchased a set of cards (20 in total) showing Navy ships from history.

I would like to have a display for these that I can show them all off in the same setup. My idea as of now is a book with 5 pages, made of wood, to display the cards. I am curious if anyone here has ever made a wooden book before, and if so, what are some of the things I should look out for, and how do you recommend I do the binding of the book.

My idea so far is to have a cutout for 4 cards per page and something clear to prevent them from getting dusty or falling out. I only intend to have barely enough thickness to surround the cards, so maybe each page will be just under 1/8” thick.

Ok, thanks in advance for the tips and advice.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 05:37 PM

I think the easiest way to do this would be to buy a three ring binder of the appropriate size. Remove the three ring part from the binder. Cover the binder pieces front, spine, and back with your choice of wood both inside and out, with just a little overlap to glue the interior and exterior pieces together. Leave as little of the actual folding part of the binder visible as possible to allow full movement. Reattach the 3 ring part and then create your pages to fit the new binder.
Or you can go more complex. Determine the size of your book and make a front, back and spine piece. Find four decorative hinges you like and attach the three book pieces together with them. You can glue a strip of leather between the three pieces on the inside to hide the gap.
Create each page so that there is a channel in one end that will accept a folded over piece of leather. The leather will need to be glued as well as attached with either rivets or decorative nuts and bolts.
Next I refer you to the article on making a piano hinge book.
What they did in the article with paper you will do with the leather strips as they will last longer.
To attach the pages to the book you will need to create a holder on each end of the spine for the dowel rod assembly to fit into. You can either make this permanent of adjustable if you wish to add pages down the line.
Well those are my thoughts on this, good luck.

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