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Re: [BKARTS] question about re-making books



I have done this - here is how to do it:
   Clamp the text-block (the pages part of the book) between two pieces
of plywood (or Masonite) cut the same size as the book.  Draw a line
along each edge about 1/4 to 3/8" from the edge.  For the front edge of
the book, that means that distance from the inner-most part of the
front's curve.
   Using a 1/16" drill-bit, drill holes along the lines through the
plywood & the book about one inch apart all the way around   The plywood
or Masonite prevents the drill from damaging the outside pages..
   Take the plywood pieces off and sew through the holes, beginning at
one point near the middle of the spine edge, and go all the way around
until you reach the next hole to the one you began with.  Tie the thread
off, and leave that one space unnsewn.
   If you can get a pharmacist or someone to give you a hypodermic
syringe, inject PVA (not PVC) into the holes to fix the thread.  (If you
wish, you can brush PVA across the edges of the book - top, front &
bottom - to seal those edges.
   Now, draw a line around inside the sewn holes as far from the edge
as you want your empty space to be.
   Find someone with a band-saw and have them cut through the spine
where the unsewn space is, and cut around the inner line you have drawn.
   Once the inside has been cut out you can paste the cut-inner edge
with PVA to seal those surfaces, too.
   Where the bandsaw had cut through the spine, take a slip of
mat-board or some material about the thickness of the cut, and glue it
into the cut to hold that part.  If you wish, you could avoid injecting
glue into the holes on either side of the cut, and after you put the
space in, run a thread through each and tie it off to tighten that joint up.
   Once you apply glue to the edges and inside, I would put the book on
wax-paper on a flat surface with the spine-edge hanging off, and
wax-paper on top, and weight the whole thing down, at LEAST overnight,
to prevent warpage.
   From this you can make your cover and do what you wish with the
hollowed out book.

Charles Schermerhorn
The New Leaf Bookbindery
Lompoc, CA

seawall wrote:

wondering if anyone has any suggestions about the best way to cut into
pages of old books. i would like to re-do an old book by cutting out
most of the textblock (but keeping the edges as a container.) is it best
to glue pages first, totally or in sections? or to cut first and glue
later? also would like any opinions on type of glue to use- i was
thinking a stick glue rather than a wet pvc but am open to suggestions.
thanks.
Ellen Wallenstein

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