I love having nice, personalized books for all kinds of purposes and have tried making them a few different ways. Thought I’d share what I tried and the results.
#1: The super-easy way. A pre-made blank journal that already has a wood cover. Toss it in the Glowforge and engrave.
#2: The cheap way. Buy any notebook you like, measure the spacing between the spirals to add holes (circles or squares) to your a vector design, remove the existing covers and replace them with your wooden ones. This started out as a blank “sketch book” with nice thick pages of blank paper. You could just as easily pick up a journal from Target or Wal-Mart.
Material: HD PureBond 5/32" Walnut Plywood
Settings: PG Medium Walnut Plywood
#3: The homemade way. Punch your own paper and bind the book from scratch.
White 8x10" cardstock and a hole punch
Medium maple plywood for the covers, cut/engraved at the Proofgrade settings
Chicago screws from Amazon in two lengths, one long enough to go through both covers and the stack of paper, and a shorter length that only goes through the cover and the binding
Faux leather to bind the cover to the spine, laser cut to size with holes for the chicago screws, and some superglue as well. I used this saddle collection sheet cut at 245/50
Bonus: Kraft or chipboard books can be engraved too.
This was a kraft journal from Michaels, engraved at something like 2000/full IIRC. I lost the saved custom setting when Glowforge wiped out all the vector engrave settings that were saved with speeds over 1000.