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« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2008 04:56:12 PM »

Now that I've got a 'blueprint' that I know works, each A6 size book takes me about 4 hours work time, with 3 over-night laying times in the 'press' (aka piles of 2-inch thick dictionaries and an old iron weight) inbetween the various stages.

Before that, there was hours upon hours of getting things wrong and figuring joint spaces and board sizes and whatnot. I'm sure that sounds familiar to most people.  Grin At least I hope it does!
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« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2008 02:09:05 PM »

Wow, you're very patient to stick with something that needs that much precision. They look very professional to me. Have you considered taking the folios to a book printer and asking if they could trim the edges for a tiny fee or for free?

It may not need to be a book printer, any local press may have the right equipment.

I think the real art is in the design and creation of the book, a little trim at the end by someone else I wouldn't consider a cheat. They're lovely trimmed or not!

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« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2008 02:43:39 PM »

They look really nice Verde!  Shocked

I've dabbled a bit in bookbinding myself and I know that hard it can be to get everything the way you want it, but these look pretty professional. I think the only reliable way to cut bookblocks is to get one of those big paper trimmers (the lever operated ones that look like they could take your fingers off if you gave them 1/2 a chance), they can cut quite a few pages at once.

I guess I haven't been doing it long enough, cos one of your phrases still mystifies me

so I left them 'natural' - this means the foredge is stair-stepped,

what does that mean? Huh

My problem with those paper cutters is the paper seems to deem it necessary to slide around. That's how my pages get all wonky. =/

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« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2008 02:56:08 PM »

Nice work! I have the same problems needing the book block trimmed but when I do it with a box knife it sort of angles off after a few cuts and I end up with a diagonal.

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