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Now you can assemble your cradle!

The beauty of this design is that it can pack flat and travels really well if you're going to a craft night somewhere, or just don't have the space to have a book binding cradle on your work area all the time.
<p>if this is all too much trouble for a single or first project, rest your signatures in an open phone book or yellow pages! </p>
<p>I recently made a cradle, boy do I wish i'd seen this design first, with the added bonus it can be taken apart for storage, I think I will make a new one thanks</p>
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 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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