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Re: [BKARTS] Making cover for 26x38" book



How about gessoing both sides and edges of the plywood
with acrylic artist's gesso to create an ultra-thin
plastic seal on the plywood to seal in the wood's oils
and acidity? 

Ann

--- William Minter <wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Dec 20, 2006, at 8:39 PM, Michael Andrews wrote:
> 
> > Plywood is ideal for flat and light.
> > As far as I know there is no known method fro
> isolating the acids and 
> > oils of the wood from the cloth and paper, other
> than building 
> > sandwiches from a plastic like Mylar.
> > ............ I would love to feel comfortable
> about using plywood.
> >
> ******************************
> The making of boards for a large book has been an
> interesting 
> discussion.
> I have two suggestions:
> 1) Many years ago, the late Paul Banks was
> confronted with a similar 
> challenge at Chicago's Newberry Library. If I
> remember correctly, I 
> think that he and Gary Frost made a type of
> honey-comb or corrugated 
> board. It would seem to me that one could
> cross-laminate layers of 
> (acid-free) corrugated board, and add strips of
> binder board around the 
> perimeter to improve the edge strength. These
> components could be could 
> be sandwiched between sheets of binder board. It
> would be quite rigid, 
> yet light, but might be too expensive to construct.
> 2)  As suggested, the use of plywood seems to be an
> easy solution.
> To counteract the concern of the wood itself, it
> would seem that the 
> plywood could be wrapped with good, well-sized,
> acid-free paper that is 
> adhered with PVA. The PVA would bond nicely to the
> wood, and should 
> form a good barrier against any undesirable chemical
> movement. The 
> paper would then be a good surface for any book
> covering materials.
> Note that I suggested wrapping the plywood --- the
> paper should turn-in 
> over the edge of the plywood for maximum benefit,
> and that opposite 
> surface should be infilled with the same paper to
> maintain a flat 
> board. It is very important to use the same adhesive
> and the same 
> number of layers for both surfaces, otherwise the
> board (the plywood) 
> will 'pull'.
> Bill Minter
> 
> 
> William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
> 4364 Woodbury Pike
> Woodbury, PA  16695
> 814-793-4020
> Fax:   814-793-4045
> Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
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