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Re: [BKARTS] Info Dry Spell



What I use is a Roseback rotery board cutter, that I bought
new in 1938. It takes some setup, is slow, but is great for
cutting 50 book covers or more.

MayKitten
--- Edward Stansell <CraftBook@AOL.COM> wrote:
> Kathleen,
>
> I use a guillotine type paper cutter. If I didn't, my next choice
> would be a
> Jaques board shear. If I had floor space, I'd have both.  In your
> case I
> would use a utility knife and a square. Be careful. It's easy to
> loose a
> finger. They work rather well, if you use them properly. Make
> sure that you
> keep your finger out of the way and run the knife along your
> square or rule
> with medium pressure. Make several passes. If you use too much
> pressure the
> knife may jump the rule and lop off a digit. At best it louses up
> the cut. If
> you have a friend with a paper cutter or board shear, take
> advantage of that.
> Printers don't like to cut boards because the dull the knife
> almost
> immediately. Oftentimes they nick the blade. A printer  may do it
> for you if
> their knife is already dull and it's time to change it. When I
> was in the
> supply business, I sold boards cut to size. Even for one book,
> for the very
> reason that everyone can't buy a board shear or paper cutter.
> However, that's
> in the past. Ask your supplier to sell you cut boards. Of course
> you'll pay a
> cutting charge. If you are buying 500 lbs or more, they can be
> rotary-cut at
> the mill.
>
> Your corners will be better if you don't leave too much material
> in them. The
> rule of thumb (until you can judge by eyesight) is to bring the
> cloth up
> across the edge of the board at the corner and leaving only a
> hair bredth
> above that, cut your material at that point. That way, you have
> almost no
> excess and a good square corner.
>
> Since you are a relative novice, I would recommend acrylic
> impregnated cloth
> as opposed to starch filled. It is much more forgiving, should
> you get a
> gluey finger mark on it. You can't get starch filled cloth wet
> without
> marring the finish. Acrylic cloth also doesn't curl as fast when
> you put
> paste or glue directly on the cloth.
>
> Regards,
> Ed
>
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