a 1"x12"x4ft piece of lumber (could probably use a 1"x8"x4ft piece)
clamps (either welding or wood glue-ing clamp)
book for sizing (optional)
Alright all you handy ladies out there, lets get brave and roll out that table saw!
1.) measure the size of your book. I mad mine the width of the pages and a little taller than the book. It ended up being 7 1/2" x 9 1/2". Cut the sides square to the exact size you want them.
WEAR SAFETY GLASSES! and USE A JIG TO PUSH YOUR PIECE THROUGH THE CUTS! If you are also too nervous to hold the top of the wood, you can always put a clamp on it and hold the handle of the clamp
Allow to dry for an hour. While that is drying:
4.) Cut your bottom piece to the correct width if you haven't already done so. Then set the clamp top on the wood and trace the needed width of your bottom piece. Again, draw the angles you are cutting on the outer edge to keep from getting confused.
6.) I then sanded them like crazy! (make sure you wait at least another hour before doing this) First I used a belt sander to get all the pieces flush on the sides. I then used a heavy grain sandpaper in a triangular sander to remove the cut marks and get the corner edges smooth-ish and even. I then used a 150 grit (220 would be better) to get everything silky smooth.
7.) Stain the outside (optional). I like using a wood conditioner before doing this, to help the stain go on evenly. Note that even after all of that sanding, I had several invisible glue drip spots that appeared when the stain went on.
8.) Gift and enjoy!