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Ever wish you could make your own table top book of art, and/or poetry?
It might be easier then you thought with your own book binding jig!  

Book binding jig by Dan-Tocher  

Base board 15x10 4/8
Press bar 15 inch 2x4
Back stop 13 inch 2x4
Side stop 4 inch 2x4

Long bolts wing nut by Dan-Tocher

Long bolts x 2
Wing nuts x 2
Washers x 6

Binding jig side view. by Dan-Tocher

Glue down your back, and side stops into place, and let dry a few hours.
Drill holes through your press bar, and base board, so you can pass long bolts through both boards.
I glued my long bolts into my base board to keep them from wiggling around.
The press board moves freely up, and down.

Bind jig loaded with paper by Dan-Tocher

I made my own in about an hour out of scrap lumber for under 15 bucks!

Now watch this nice man show you how it works in this video. He shows you two methods. His press is a smaller version of this press. Mine makes 8.5x11 inch books! I like the larger size for art projects. It makes nice tabletop books! I use a heavy stock of paper for my book cover. Of course you need to print your book before binding!

Tip: Rough up the edge of the bind before adding your glue. This will help the glue soak into the bind, and make it even stronger!

Make tabletop books of poetry just in time for x-mass!!
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Cionie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I've been wanting to try book binding for a while now :)
Dan-Tocher Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll bet you make some very nice books! I've made quite a few, and it's great to add blank pages into the book, or even to make all, or mostly blank. They make great sketch/doodle, and notes books. Fun to print cool cover art, and about the author page. Tabletop books make great gifts. Enjoy
HerbFellow Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Time to go make a jig! Thanks for the good info.
Dan-Tocher Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Let me know how it works out. :)
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