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Re: [BKARTS] Regarding translucent paper choices and, while I'm at it, adhesives

For most any kind of reference question like this, the best source is on CoOL at <http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/don/don.html>. This is the full-text, searchable version of Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology by Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington with
drawings by Margaret R. Brown

saw kerf binding @ <http://sul3.stanford.edu:10001/don/dt/dt2969.html>

A method of binding single sheets by means of both thread and adhesive. Kerfs (dove-tailed grooves) are cut across the spine at an angle and are filled with adhesive. Sewing thread is then woven around the kerfs to supplement the adhesive, following which the kerfs are again filled with adhesive. This technique was the forerunner of SMYTH-CLEAT SEWING . (183 )

Smyth-Cleat sewing @ <http://sul3.stanford.edu:10001/don/dt/dt3180.html>

See illustration <http://sul3.stanford.edu:10001/don/fg/fg45.gif>

A method of machine sewing or lacing adapted from an earlier European method by the Smyth Manufacturing Co. in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It combines thread and adhesive to secure the leaves of a book. In a separate machine, the back of the sections are planed off leaving the spine as smooth as possible. This is a very critical part of the operation, because if the cut spine is not smooth and even, subsequent operations are affected detrimentally. The block of leaves is then placed spine down in the Smyth-Cleat machine and is moved into position where a circular saw cuts a number of cleats completely across the back from head to tail (the number depending on the long dimension of the book). The sawn leaves then move into the sewing position where a single hollow needle laces thread around the cleats in the manner of a fiddle or figure-eight stitch. The sewn text block is then ready rate of setting; however, if the book is to be rounded and backed, an adhesive other than a hot-melt is required. because of the DRYING MEMORY of hot-melt adhesives.


7 pm

What is a saw kerf binding please?

Thank you

Georgia Chilton


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