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    How to bind your own Hardback Book


    The art of book binding is an ancient craft, but actually it is not very difficult to do and with

    almost no practice you can get really awesome results. If you are on the lookout for fun

    craft projects or quick ways of making nice presents and gifts, then this could be the projectfor you.

    I know that there are other Instructables on the art of book binding but this project is meant

    to be a simple quick project that will give a very acceptable finish, and a book that lookslike it has been professionally made, yet without the need for any special equipment.

    ll you will need is

    Some paper

    !inimum really is about "# $ or %S &etter si'ed sheets, to make a half $ (half %S&etter si'ed book), although smaller books can be made as can ones with more pages. *ou

    can use tracing paper, thick or thin paper and of course colored or even preprinted or

    written on paper.

    Some glue

    *ou will need + (-lmers /hite glue) or a rubber fabric adhesive (in the %K that is

    called 0opyde1, perhaps someone could tell me what its called in the %S), (a glue gun ifyou have it, would help with one of the stages, but is not mandatory).

    Some stiff cardboard or corrugated (fluted) cardboard

    Some fabric or leather

    ny old stuff will do for the cover. I have used the fabric from some old pairs of trousers

    that were being thrown out (actually nothing gets thrown out in my house, just put to one
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    side for later use). 2ut you could use a bit of leather, some old curtains, cushion covers...etc

    etc, Im sure you get the idea.

    Step 1: Stack your paper neatly in (at least 4) piles of 8


    *ou are going to be binding your paper in eight sheet folios. 3f course you could do more

    or less. I have found eight sheets to be a good number. because you are folding it in halfeach sheet is going to make four pages of your book, so this eight sheet stack is going to

    make "# pages.

    *our book should have at least four of these eight sheet folios which will therefore make4#5 pages. (pologies to all the maths wi'ards out there).

    *ou can use just plain paper or paper upon which you have already printed a header andfooter (remember to get this the right way round and remember that there will be $ headers

    and four footers per sheet of paper.

    If you want to mi1 in different papers then remember that they will appear further into the

    book as well. (dont worry, this all becomes obvious as we go through the project).

    Step 2: Fold each stack in half

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    s neatly as possible and keeping the paper as lined up as possible, fold each pile of eight

    sheets in half cross6wise.

    Step : !nfold the paper and turn o"er

    !aking sure you keep the paper nice and straight, unfold each stack of eight sheets, and

    turn over.

    Step 4: Staple the pa#es to#ether

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    I have a long arm stapler (7bully for you7, I hear you say), but if you dont have one of

    those, then no worries, just do the following8

    3pen out your stapler

    +lace the upturned paper stack on top of an eraser (positioned where you want to staple 6which will be about two inches (9 cm) from the edge of the page e1actly on the crease) and

    slowly but firmly push down on the stapler until you have stapled through the pages.

    Turn the pages over, pull off the eraser and then fold over the staple ends with the blunt end

    of a dinner knife or your thumb nail, being careful not to break it : stab yourself.

    ;epeat at the other end of the crease so that each page has just two staples in it.

    If you, like me, have a long arm stapler, simply staple the eight sheet stack in two places... I

    knew there was a good reason for borrowing that thing from work.

    Step $: %lue the bindin# onto the folios

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    *ou are now going to make the heart of the book. *ou have made at least four of the eight

    sheet : "# page folios and they need to be stuck together.

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    If you want (and you dont have to) you can trim the folios a tiny bit. 2eware that the first

    time you do this you might end up making more of a mess of the edge of the paper than ifyou just left it. It takes a bit of practice and a sharp craft knife or scalpel (definitely >3T

    something for children to do on their own).

    If you want to trim, then the most important edge to trim is the edge opposite the binding,because when the paper is folded over all the pages get to be slightly different lengths

    depending on where they are in the folio stack.

    The trick is to hold the rule very steady and take many repeated cuts being careful to cut in

    the same groove and try to make sure that at each cut the paper on at least one layer is cut

    from edge to edge. (2T/ I know that the drawing I have done to illustrate this step doesnot show this method of trimming multiple sheets, but it is meant to be a bit figurative


    If you have access to a proper guillotine that can cut through paper stacks (i.e. at work or atschool) then this is the time to use that, it will give you the most awesome finish).

    Trimming is by no means necessary.

    Trimming or not, you have now finished the paper part of the book and its time to move on

    to the cover...

    Step : *ark and cut out the co"er boards

    +lace the bound folios on a piece of stiff card so that the bound edge lines up with one

    straight edge and then draw round the paper allowing about a quarter of an inch : 9 mm

    border on the three other edges.

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    0ut the card out and then cut a duplicate.

    0orrugated card is fine as the cover, as is thin foam core (foamboard), but the best kind of

    card is the stiff card that is used as the backing for drawing and sketching pads.

    Step 8: *ake the book spine

    &oosely assemble the bound paper and the covers. +ressing them together, measure their

    combined thickness and mark off on a piece of scrap card.

    0ut the spine so that it is the thickness of the covers and the paper together and the same

    length as the height of the book covers.

    Step +: *ark and cut the aterial

    +osition the book covers and the spine on the reverse of your chosen fabric or leather and

    mark out so that there is a border of about one inch (#9 mm) all round.

    0ut out the material.

    s already mentioned, you can use any material you want really, although very thick

    material will be difficult to fold and glue (but hey, who knows how patient and skilled you

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    ctually, I used material from a pair of my e16wifes linen (Toast) trousers, thought I might

    give her the book as a 0hristmas present in an ironic sort of way... dont worry only joking

    and she had thrown them out anyway...

    Step 1,: %lue the co"er board and spine in place

    %sing white glue or rubber solution glue, smear an even coating over the boards and placeface down on the wrong side of the material (i.e. the side of the material that you dont

    normally see, which has the pattern the wrong way round etc. etc).

    !ake sure you stick them neatly in a row so that they are aligned with each other and

    straight and that there is a gap of about one or two thicknesses of the card you are using

    between the spine and each of the cover boards.

    Step 11: Finish the ed#es of the co"er

    Smear an even layer of white or rubber glue round the edge of the boards and fold thematerial over the board to cover the edge. /ork on one edge at a time. @o opposite ends

    first and then fold the other sides over on top so that all the folds go the same way. !ake a

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    neat job of the corners. If you are using thick material, you may well have to cut away some

    of the material that is going to be hidden under the fold6over to stop the corners getting toobulky.

    Step 12: %lue the paper into the co"ers

    Things are starting to shape up now.

    Smear some white glue (or rubber solution glue) in two stripes down the middle edges of

    the cover boards being careful not to get any glue on the spine board.

    Then place the bound paper wad so that it is centrally resting on the spine board and 3>&*

    the thin cotton 7wings7 are glued to the cover boards.

    The spine should >3T be glued to the cotton6covered bound paper wad, although you

    should make sure that it IS properly glued to the cover boards right up to their edges,because this is the join that makes the book strong and stops the page block falling out of

    the cover.

    It is best if you wait for this part to dry before moving on to the ne1t step. It is probably a

    good idea to leave the book lying on its back with the paper was supported by to food canswhile it dries, because, if you leave it to dry closed, bits of it might stick together that you

    dont want sticking together.

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