Coptic book binding is a traditional form of book binding that has been around for thousands of years.  Although it is fairly simple, there are some specialized tools you might find incredibly handy when binding your own books.

In this Instructable I will show you a simple and easy way to make your own book binding cradle which only took me around 15 mins to make thanks to the tools at TechShop San Jose.

You will need:

a 24"x12" piece of wood or other material to cut your cradle out of
blue painter's tape
wood glue (or another type of glue depending on what you make your cradle out of)
Laser cutter or wood working tools

Step 1:

First, you need to cut out your pieces.  

You could use any 1/4" thick material for this project (acrylic, cardboard, metal, etc...).  I have chosen to use 1/4" plywood because of its durability and how easy it is to work with.

If you chose wood or acrylic, you could cut all your pieces out by hand using wood working tools, but since I have access to TechShop's laser cutters, I chose to build a file and cut my pieces out that way.
Great design! <br><br> <br> <br>For signatures longer than the provided pattern, how would you suggest leaving one end open while still bracing it? I know I could make a range of different sized sides for the cradle, but having one catch-all for travel would be pretty excellent as well.
Thank you so much for sharing this great instructable! I was wondering if I can use a cradle like this to do <a href="http://onyxprinting.com/Perfect-Bind-Books.aspx" rel="nofollow">soft cover book binding</a> on my books? Again thanks for sharing this.
Thank you for sharing this. <br> <br>A quick suggestion if I may...for Step 2, why not use the laser to mark the lines instead of drawing them by hand? <br> <br>A pair of short lines along each 45 (one near each end of each 45) could be use so it could be cut along with the rest of the vector cutting (much faster than trying to raster those lines). By keeping those lines short, they shouldn't weaken the end cradle but would be more than enough to align the pieces for gluing without needing Step 2. <br> <br>I've modified the drawing file you posted to try this out. If it works, you're welcome to have the modified file. :-) <br>
this also looks like it could be a good design for part of an <a href="http://www.diybookscanner.org/" rel="nofollow">open source book scanner</a>..?
it would work beautifully for that as well

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