L(a)ying Press
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Last dog watch, 2 bells (7:04 pm)

I ordered an old lying press today. Depending on where you search, it's also called a laying press. It looks like this. The bit on top is a plough, the last piece of my bindery puzzle. I'm tempted to just buy a few more tools so I can make my own press and plough. I got a good deal, and having one will make it easier to reproduce if I decide to start making them in the future. There aren't a lot of places to buy them…

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My Tools Have Arrived!
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Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:25 am)

Today I went to the post office and picked up a package that came for me yesterday—my bookbinding tools! Yay!

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Book Pictures!
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Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:22 am)

As promised, here are some pictures of the books I've been working on lately.

three books
journal standing
journal open
Treasure Island
Treasure Island open

Some notes about these books:

I recently found some screw presses on Rockler and will use them to make my own book press, laying press, and plough.

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Test Books
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First dog watch, 2 bells (5:23 pm)

I've been making several books lately, two copies of Treasure Island and one 260-page journal. I'm experimenting with different bindings and styles, trying to find what works best and is durable. Some of the things I've learned so far are:

I'll add some pictures soon.

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Blank Journal
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Forenoon watch, 1 bell (8:48 am)

Last night I worked on a blank journal text block for bookbinding. I think I got it worked out to where I have a nice title page, a page for listing memorable events with their page number, and nice light gray lines. I'm thinking about creating a non-lined version too.

The biggest holdup right now is my plough blade. Without it (and a plough) I don't have the ability to cut the text block square. Now this isn't necessary, and books I've made in the past weren't ploughed, but it makes it look nicer. I can't wait for my tools to get here!

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Treasure Island
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Last dog watch, 3 bells (7:51 pm)

To take my mind off how bad this week has been, I sat down and started putting together Treasure Island. I stitched all the signatures together and now it's sitting on my table awaiting pasting and shaping of the spine. I'll post some pictures when I get around to feeling like it.

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Treasure Island
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Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:21 pm)

Ben asked about formatting/typesetting books, here's Treasure Island so you can see what I've done.

If you open the file, it's obvious that the pages are in a weird order. When printed duplex and folded properly into 4-page signatures, everything lines up properly, I promise.

I was even able to remove page numbers from blank pages in Word 2007. It was tricky, but I bent it to my will.

Here is the Dracula file as well.

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Classics Rebound
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Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:06 am)

I've been thinking about using some of my newly acquired skills to create my own line of classic books. This past weekend I spent my time making smoothies in my new blender (it's awesome!) and typesetting Dracula and Treasure Island. Since they're both in the public domain in the US, there are no copyright issues.

I'll keep you posted on how things are going.

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