I used to publish books.
I mean, I guess I still publish books. But now it’s through lulu, etc.
I used to hand bind books. I’ve made a number of paperbacks and a few hardbacks.
It’s hard work!
What is your favorite method of diy bookbinding?
At home book printing?
@ajroach42 technically not bookbinding, i suppose: making zines with a long reach stapler
@ajroach42 that's how i used to make poetry chapbooks for shows: go make a bunch of double sided copies, staple them together by hand
@ajroach42 *nods* i eventually did the same on my hp that i've had for 10 years. not being locked into a "you play for the blades, not the razor" dynamic helps
@ajroach42 or longer, lol. that thing has lasted longer than some computers i've had
@ajroach42 exactly! quick and easy.
@ajroach42 I just use ordinary paper because these booklets are for use at the table and I like them to just lie there flat on their back, as small as possible. They don't need protection because they're not intended to last long: I keep updating the rules and will need to make new prints before a year has passed. Paper covers are good enough for that.
@ajroach42 i handbind all my sketchbooks and notebooks with paper torn out of previous unfinished books (which i often scavenge from art studio cleanup days)! usually kettle stitching for signatures, gluing old t shirts to cardstock for covers.
for zines, i do 5-hole pamphlet stitching usually; it's a lot more tedious than stapling but i like the look of it!
also i made this book a few years ago, still super proud of it https://modgethanc.com/shamal-book.html
@ajroach42 since I'm at my house now! a few more samples; two pocket-sized daily journal/planner/whatever books with hardcover binding made from t-shirts and cardstock, a sketchbook with a paper bag cover, another sketchbook with a catalogue cover showing the five-hole pamphlet stitch. pretty much all reclaimed/scavenged materials, bound in hand without any special equipment. bookbinding doesn't have to be super fancy or stuff-heavy :)
Have any of you bookbinders done perfect (glue) binding?
It was way too much work, but it was the cheapest, best looking option I ever found for diy paperbacks.
@zuz we were using an antique scrapbook style trimmer with a heavy wooden base and a cast iron arm.
As long as we remembered to Sharon’s the blade, we could cut about 16 sheets (64 pages) at a time.
When I was perfect binding books, I trimmed the edge with a tablesaw, or a rotary tool, or I had Office Depot trim the print block when I was done (cost about $1/cut) depending on the final destination of the book.