Stitched wooden cover notebook.


I had a couple of pine plywood pieces left from a previous project, that did not work exactly as planned, and thought I could use it to make some novel book covers. I like Coptic stitching and wanted to extend this theme into the cover itself. I thus decided to cut the wooden covers into several pieces and stitch them together again. When I bound it into a book I got the following:

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Final product!

The process of making such a book is quite simple. Here is how I did it:


Blank cover

I start with a 2 blank covers just bigger than an A5 sheet of paper. I stick the covers together with masking-tape. The plan is then printed and pasted onto one of the covers.



First all the holes are drilled where indicated and then all the pieces are cut. Below is an image of all the pieces drilled, cut and sanded.


Cut pieces of the two covers

I used 2 different stains and different numbers of coats in a semi-random fashion to get a few different tones. After the staining was done I added 5 layers of glossy clear lacquer to both sides of each piece.


Fitting the pieces

I wax the thread using some bees wax (I saw this technique online – link below).

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Waxing the thread

The stitching is quite simple. I just stitch trough each hole twice making a cross on the front.


Stitching begins


Closeup of stitches


Almost done


Fist cover – other projects in the background

Both covers are done. They show the difference between the front and the back of the stitching pattern. Note also that I added extra holes on the edges to add additional detail where the binding to the paper would be.


Both covers done – front and back shown

I fold 70 A4 pages in half and make signatures of 5 pages each. The 14 signatures are stacked and clamped ready to be cut. Note also the edge stitching is done in the image below.


Clamping the pages

Usually an awl is used with some template to punch holes in each signature. I prefer cutting the holes with a scroll saw. This way they line up perfectly and small slits are created rather than holes. The Coptic stitches lies also a bit deeper when done, making a much cleaner binding.


Using a scroll saw to cut the pages


Slits rather than holes for stitching

The binding then begins with another long piece of waxed thread.


First signature


Slowly adding signatures – 14 in total

Finally the book is done. I am quite pleased with the result.




Inside of cover


Middle of signatures


Closeup of Coptic stitching


Adding some branding

I really enjoyed making this book. The final result is quite unique. Some people have mentioned that they prefer look of the stitches on the inside and it is possible to bind it the other way around – this was just my preference.  I will sell this book in my shop (buy it here) and possibly make more using a similar technique.

I recently learned how to do Coptic stitching mainly from looking at the following videos by Sea Lemon:

I found this channel as an extremely useful resource for this type of project.

Lastly I want to mention that I used the image of the cut pieces in a competition (here). I will soon make another book that I will give away in a competition. Below is the covers ready to be stitched. I will use Coptic stitching and have a black front cover page. I am quite excited to have this done and see how it turns out!


Sneak preview of next book giveaway!


Competition result – It’s a stitched wooden cover!


The first competition on this site and the winner has been chosen and informed.

The question was what it the item in the picture below:


I gave several hints to make it possible to get the correct answer (a wooden cover for a notebook see next image – or more photos here). I will post a full blog on how this book was made at a later stage.

wooden cover notebook

There were two correct guesses (the second just in time – given that I had to convert the time to where the comment originated). In a random draw the winner was chosen (see output below).


More competitions will follow and the next item to win will be a wooden covered notebook with a Darth Vader cut out on the cover. Follow this blog or the Facebook page to see when this happens!


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Competition to launch website! – Closed


To celebrate the launch of a new website for Induku, the first real post will be a “What is this?” competition.

The winner can choose any pendant in Induku shop up to the value of 200 Swedish Crowns (approximately 23 USD).

To win you need to guess what the pieces in this picture will become:


What is this?

There are 4 easy steps to enter:

  1. Like the Induku Facebook page (here).
  2. Share this post on Facebook by clicking here.
  3. Leave a comment on this blog with your answer by clicking here.
  4. Have a quick look at the nice pendants you can win (here).

Competition conditions:

  • By entering you agree to abide by these rules as well as the conditions below:
  • The competition will end on the 29th of December and the winner will be chosen on the 30th of December.
  • Your answer will be displayed in the comment section of this post and only the first answer per contestant will be valid.
  • A random winner will be selected if more than one person has the correct answer.
  • A valid email address is required for you to be contacted (this will not be displayed or shared).
  • There is no guarantee that any of the specific pendants, currently in the shop, will be available at the end of the competition and the winner agree to choose from the selection available once notified. In the extremely unlikely event that all pendants are sold-out, a custom pendant will be made after consultation with the winner.
  • The maximum value of the chosen pendant can not exceed 200 Swedish Crowns – 200 SEK (to get the value in your local currency, use this site).


  • Have a brief look at the Induku page 😉
  • I may, at my discretion, post another photo or hint as the competition proceed. You can receive updates by following me here.

There are also a number of other pages on this new Induku site. Please feel free to browse and share.