Holiday gifts coming in hot! These are personalized notebook covers in 5.5" x 8.5". Design was yesterday, manufacturing was today. Tomorrow is punching paper and binding.
The good: They look sharp, better than in the pictures. Assembly was pretty easy once I knew how to adjust for kerf.
The bad: I used the PG maple ply HD Engrave setting to do the names, which looks nice, but takes FOREVER. I should have invested some time in figuring out a faster engrave. And, this wood line only has a few light colors that will let an engrave show up well. The “Dovetail” color used for all the names is one of them.
The ugly: This Rowmark ColorShop wood cuts great, except when you hit a knot and need to re-cut. Every one of the 4 covers I made hit one knot on at least one of the components. Some knots cut with a second zap. One knot needed FOUR EXTRA CUTS. That meant the rest of the perimeter got pretty $#@^ toasted. And any time you do an extra cut you lose some more kerf and your friction fit suffers. These all have a little wood glue holding some pieces in because I didn’t trust friction on the overcooked parts. And for extra insurance, the back of each cover has a sheet of decorative paper held on with 3M 77 adhesive.
- If you are worried about knots make every cut a separate color so you don’t have to re-cut EVERYTHING in your layout.
- Rotate any text counter-clockwise about 5 degrees to make it extra snazzy
- A good font with ornaments included is a big time saver