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Re: Bookbinding Plough
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- Subject: Re: Bookbinding Plough
- From: Sam Lanham <slanham@HCTC.NET>
- Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 08:17:30 -0400
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And if you want to get even more basic you can trim the Japanese way:
Make a wooden pattern the size of your finished text block and about 1.5"
Put a cutting surface on the floor.
Put the text block on the cutting surface.
Put the pattern on the text block.
Stand on the pattern and trim the edges with a curved Japanese binder's knife.
There are many ways to skin--uh--trim a book. :-).
At 11:12 PM 6/16/98 -0800, you wrote:
>One of the advantages of receiving this list as a digest is that I can read
>all of the responses to a query before responding.
>I have a plough, but have not used it for years. Instead, I clamp the
>textblock between the cheeks of a lying press and trim the edges with a
>It's a thick, wide chisel, ground to a very sharp edge. I lay it flat on
>one cheek of the press and slide it back and forth to trim off 3-4 pages at
>I don't apply the whole edge to the text block; only a corner. Pushing
>away from me, the near corner is pushed into the text block; drawing toward
>me I rotate the chisel and the far corner cuts into the text block.
>The fingers on my left hand press the chisel flat to the cheeks of the
>lying press and the fingers of my right hand move the handle of the chisel
>forward or back, according to where I am in trimming.
>And back in the olde days, before I had a lying press and all manner of
>other time saving tools, I trimmed the edges of books with nothing more
>than a right-handed leather paring knife, 2 C clamps, and a thick board.
>At a corner of the bench, I laid the text block down and set the thick
>board in place (up to the needle holes I used and still use for accuracy)
>and clamped it in place with the C clamps. Then I ran the paring knife
>back and forth (heel away and toe back) to trim the text block.
>You don't need all of the tools you see in books about bookbinding. They
>make life easier, but their lack shouldn't prevent you from doing good
>Jack C. Thompson
>Thompson Conservation Lab.
>7549 N. Fenwick
>Portland, OR 97217
Sam Lanham (firstname.lastname@example.org)