Thanks everyone, after your consultations, I have decided to just glue them edge to edge, and inlay my lady's and my initials on the inside front cover. I dont know which kind of wood yet, but ill get some new drawings up and post the pictures properly on this thread. Davesplane, I have a few tools, just not all that I need. Im thinking I will see if the college I'm going to will let me use theirs. I have the router, and a radial arm saw (that I'm repairing). so mostly I just gotta find a planer and jointer. possibly a band saw. we'll see after i plane my wood down.