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Re: [BKARTS] Perfect Endsheets Every Time?

When pasting down open for a leather binding with laced in tapes or cords,
here's what I do, and it works every time:

1. Set up a stack of boards under the cover so it's level.
2. Slide a tin or plastic sheet in the endpaper fold so moisture doesn't
3. Slide a waste sheet in so paste doesn't get on the tin.
4. Paste the endpaper (which may have been be tipped in, sewn in, or
whatever) with a good stiff round paste brush.
5. Let the paper finish expanding so it has no curl. If necessary reapply
paste (thin).
6. Add a little glue over the paste near the hinge (PVA is ok).
7. Lift the endsheet vertical and work the paper down on the hinge in with
a finger.
8. Lay the endsheet down, smoothing with the hand from the joint toward the
9. Rub gently with the hand through paper to remove any wrinkles (shouldn't
be any if the paper already had fully expanded).
10. Go over the hinge with a bone, and if necessary, also the board. Don't
press too hard, don't use the edge of the bone--use the flat.  Make sure
that the bone is properly sanded to the right shape for this.
11. Let it dry open for 7 minutes, more or less, depending on the RH. Don't
let it dry open for too long! The paper should be solidly adhered but
slightly damp and flexible.
12. Close the cover gently, watching to make sure the hinge has adhered. If
it starts to pop up you didn't wait long enough for it to dry.
13. Place a board and brick on the book and let it sit overnight.
14. Trim the edges after it has thoroughly dried. Use a new snap-off blade
or scalpel. Cut through the paper but not the leather. wet the part you
want to remove with a Q-tip.  It's possible that you may be able to do this
before closing the book in step 11, depending on the kind of paper, but
many papers don't like being cut when damp.


Edelpappband / "Millimeter" Binding Bind-O-Rama, Entry Deadline - October 1, 2005

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