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« on: January 01, 2005 05:40:26 PM »

I know this technique works best with flexible or hinged front covers, but I was kind of wondering if there would be a problem to bind many pages (say 100+) with stab binding. Many of the examples I've seen so far use relatively few pages.

Since the more pages there are, the more space it takes to bend them forward, the only real difference I can see with more pages is that there would be less writable space on the pages near the end of the book.

Is there anything else?
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2005 06:05:12 PM »

you're right that the only real problem with binding a large amount of pages with jap-stab is that toward the middle it is harder to open, and therefore you have less page-space....

another thing is that you might have more trouble getting your holes into your pages. if you are using an awl, i suggest you make a jig and only poke through small sections at a time and put them all back together when you are ready to sew. (sorry if that is obvious already).

definitely check the grain on your paper. i suggest using a really light cover stock... only slightly thicker than your text paper. if you really want to do a hinged cover, i would make the gap (gutter between the boards that makes the hinge...?) especially wide.

hope this helps. let me know if i can clarify/expand.
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