28 Dec 2013

Bookbinding - piercing book's signatures

Today I got tired of my sloppy piercing of the signatures. 
With non-perfect holes you get a ugly sewn text-block. Therefore, I decided to make a punching cradle. I followed Paper Chipmunk's description. http://paperchipmunk.com

With a cradle you get the holes perfectly in center of the spine-folds of the signatures.

Today I also mounted my newly sharpened paper knife for the paper guillotine. With the perfect sharpened blade cutting a text-block is like cutting butter.

punching cradle with signature and a awl
punching cradle with signature, hole-template and a awl
signature spines

text-block trimmed with the guillotine

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