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Re: Soft Cover Binding Question

My answer to question 1:

            I normally make the spine reinforcement about a 1/8 th inch
narrower than the width of the book spine out of the same material as the
flexible boards.  I really have never noticed whether I can the see the
problem you identify.  I use that width to allow a 1/16th inch leeway in
attaching the case to the text so the spine reinforcement isn't jutting out
past one edge of the spine.

    Could you make the boards and spine one continious piece of flexible
material thereby eliminating the line or indentation you speak of?

Jim Trent

>         John Tewell wrote:
> Most of my work involves flexible leather covers on Bibles. The are case
> bound and with no French grooves. Here is what may be a dumb question, but I
> am a perfectionist and want things to look just so.
> Question 1. The Bibles are done in leather. When they are finished, I don't
> want to see any line or indentation down the side where the spine meets the
> flexible cover board. I suspect it has something to do with the width of the
> spine lining material. Which measurement is best. Should the spine
> reinforcement s trip be #1. Exactly as wide as the book spine? Or #2 Exactly
> as wide as the book spine, plus the thickness of the flexible cover boards.
> Or, #3...Something other than 1 & 2? What is the standard rule for the width
> of this lining strip.
> Question 2. Is there any advantage in using the tube method with this type of
> binding? If so, please explain.    Thank you very much. JT

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