This is a multi-section binding with a hard cover that opens flat – ie. the front cover is not attached to the first page (or endpaper) as is normal with hard cover books.
It has a contemporary feel and is a little easier to make than the normal hard cover book.
Keep the grain direction of all materials running head to tail or parallel to the spine.
Start by folding paper into sections:
This makes a section of 16 pages. You will need four sections all together so fold another three in the same way.
2. Make a template for the sewing holes:
3. Make the sewing holes in each section:
4. Sew the pages together: you will need 100cm of thread and a needle. Sew with single thread. See video of sewing – French link stitch.
5. Press the pages in the nipping press: Place the pages between two pressing boards and squeeze for a few minutes in a press.
6. Glue the spine: Take the book and boards out of the press and back to your workspace. You will also need PVA glue, a small brush and a heavy weight. These should all be on your workbench. See video:
7. Make soft cover:
Using the Scoring Board:
6. Glue the cover to the pages by applying PVA to the inside of the cover card with a small brush, glueing the three vertical spaces created by the scores. Drop the pages into the cover and press by hand.
Next, take your book and grey board to the technician at the guillotine for cutting.
Measurements for boards:
Cut 2 boards for front and back : width = pages +3mm, height = pages + 6mm
Spine piece : same height as front and back boards, width = pages + 2mm
Video: making the hard cover
Line the inside of the cover with a strip of bookcloth to cover the spine and gaps:
Line the inside of the front cover with paper or thin card: ask the technician for help with the cutting if you want it.
Last step: glue up the back cover of the pages and stick in place – see video
When you have finished, please tidy your workspace by putting rubbish into the bin or recycling. Please wash out your glue brush and leave it in the pot in the sink. You can leave the tools on the desk.