I first began, I didn't really know that much about wood board
books so I used whatever wood I had on hand, which happened to
be cheap plywood. The text block is part of a telephone book guillotined
to size. It served as a quick and cheap option to use for practice
in attaching clasps to wooden boards.
lesson from this experiment is that cheap plywood makes for horrible
book boards, so don't waste time trying to make it work. Some
people have had some success with a higher quality plywood, butI
prefer solid hardwoods. Better
examples of wooden board books with clasps can be found in other
pages on this site.
of the clasps, pictured individually in the photo on the left,
were made by modifying existing hardware parts.
one on the lower right is made from a picture hanger riveted to
a handmade leather cord. A piece of ivory piano key was glued
over the rivets.
clasp on the bottom left is modified from a piece of copper strap,
a found item, a battery cable.
is riveted onto the back board, comes around, up and over onto
the top board. They hook over pins, modified from cup hooks riveted
through the center of the top board and through a little brass
plate on the inside to secure them.