DIY Wood Covered Notebook

Here is one of those projects I found that I think is totally unique and I fell in love with right away. It’s something that if you are going to make one you might as well make ten of them to have on hand for gifts because it’s really not any more amount of work or cost. I bought my wood sheets at Windsor Plywood, no problem that was the easy part. The paper however was another story. Refill notebook pages, surprisingly, tend to be on the pricier side and I couldn’t find any that had the right amount of holes. They all came in six-holes format and I just think that many holes on a little notebook looks ridiculous. So…I decided to make my own!

I went to Staples and bought a box of 8 ½” x 11” parchment paper for cheap. Over at the Copy Centre they cut it in half width wise for me to double my amount and now I have 8 ½” x 5 ½” size pages. They will also custom drill holes for you but I decided to do that myself, because why deprive myself of using my drill press?

Supplies List:

  • 1/8" plywood
  • table saw
  • miter saw
  • orbital sander
  • 320 grit sandpaper
  • drill
  • 3/16 drill bit
  • stain
  • polyurethane
  • 1" binder rings
  • parchment paper

To cut your wood out, you want to have a little bit of overhang over your pages so we are going to cut it out to 5 ¾” x 8 ¾” from 1/8” thick plywood. On a table saw, set your fence to 5 ¾” from the blade and cut a strip of wood. By the way, I’m using oak and birch plywood to have different looks from the grains on my notebooks.

Next, on your miter saw cut the length out to 8 ¾”.

Measure out your hole placement. I’m drilling them ½” from the length of the edge. The outside holes are ¾” from each end and the inside holes are 2 5/8” from those holes.

Drill out either with a drill press or a hand drill using a bit. Since I’m drilling multiples I made one template and used it to drill out all my pieces. Remember, always drill with a scrap piece of wood on the bottom because it will produce a better finish when the drill bit goes through the back side.


Use your same template to drill out your pages so everything lines up perfectly when you assemble it.

Sand everything down using a 320-grit sandpaper and gently run over all the edges to keep them smooth.

Stain your wood to the colour of your choice with a lint free cloth and let dry. Then apply your top coat. A water based polyurethane works great!

I bought some one-inch paper rings to hold the cover and paper together. You can keep them the colour they come but I like to give them a coat of spray paint for a better effect.

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