Make Your Own Notepads For Nearly $0!

Hi all, 

Here’s one I’ve been using for a few years now, but I’m only getting around to telling you about it now (hate to recommend anything I haven’t thoroughly tested ūüėČ ).¬†

We use a lot of note pads around here, both in the house and the shop/office (what ever happened to that “paperless office” we were all promised back when PC’s showed up?) and used to buy them, throwing away heaps of scrap paper at the same time. In one of those “duh!” moments, it finally dawned on me that all that “still blank on one side” paper should be put to use.¬†

Over the years I’ve cut full 8-1/2 x 11 sheets into quarters and stapled, clamped, and tried to glue them together into some sort of usable notepads. None of those worked out very well, but I eventually stumbled onto an inexpensive white goo called “padding compound” – and have never looked back!¬†

Not sure where I bought the small bottle of it I have – either Ebay or Amazon, I’d guess – but I’ve been using the same 2 oz bottle of it for at least 3 years now. The stuff seems to last forever.

Here are the search results for it (with the LONG links shortened): 

-on Ebay:

-and Amazon:

Anyway, I love this white-glue-like stuff, and I’ll bet you will, too. Just cut your scrap paper into quarters with your paper cutter and clamp a stack together. I use a pair of wood furring strips held together in shop vise or with a pair of C-clamps, but any way you can find to clamp a stack 3/8″ to 1/2″ thick with the sheets aligned on one end, will do.¬†

Clamp together with the aligned edge held horizontally, then use a cotton  swab to dab the compound onto the clamped edge. Wait 30 minutes or so, and apply a second coat. I normally just leave a pair of pads in the vise or clamps overnight. 

Once the compound has dried – and it dries pretty fast – you end up with a 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″ notepad with sheets that tear off like those sold in stores.¬†

Wish I could remember who clued me in on this stuff. Sure is nice to have a use for all the paper that would otherwise get scrapped, and it saves money, too. 

Hope that little tip’s helpful.¬†

God bless you and yours, 

Dave Harnish

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s¬†character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln


About Dave Harnish

I've been an appliance repair tech since 1972, with interests in most everything, including Bible study (I'm one of those KJV-only geezers), old Sunbeam Mixmasters, Maytag wringer washers, the outdoors, birds, hunting, metalworking, firewood cutting, and most anything going on outside on our mountain here in N. PA's 'Endless Mountains'.
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