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Cheap Book Binding

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This is a pretty straightforward jig for binding books.
It consists of a plywood leftover with a metal bar that is compressed by two bolts.
Finally there are two stoppers to align the pages.

Regarding the binding itself, I drilled holes in the paper, then I used nylon string to bind the pages together.
Wood glue is applied to the back of the book and to give the final touch, a piece of duct tape is placed over the glue.
thehbird6 months ago
Omg u drilled a book couldn't u use a 3 ring hole punch
ncardoso (author)  thehbird4 months ago

I used the tools that I had available ;)

T1mmyl0rd1 year ago
going to try this on the weekend, thanks :)
ncardoso (author)  T1mmyl0rd1 year ago
When you print your book, make sure that you leave as much margin as possible on the side of the binding.
From my experience, if you do not leave enough margin, it is kind of hard to read the text near the binding.

I recently printed another book and left a much larger margin and it is great.
Also, to ease the process, I used zip ties instead of the nylon string. It is much faster but less "perfect".

Good luck !
Would be nice of you to add a little step by step instructions for dummies like me to follow along.