I recently started learning about the art & craft of bookbinding and quickly realized that although the tools for the process last a long time, the cost can add up to quite a big hole in ones pocket. After doing a bit of research, looking and shopping, I decided that I could make some of the tools myself with materials that I already had at home.
So here is my first one... the versatile and easy to make bookbinding awl!
The awl is used to make perforations on paper and materials such as grey board. Then, those perforations are used as guides for the needles when "sewing" together the books/notepads/etc.
This is how you can make your own.
REVISION: Thanks so much for your comments and suggestions! Please check out the last step of this instructable for some extra suggestions plus reads the comments below.
Step 1: materials and tools required
For this project you will need:
- one embroidery needle (I used one that was 1 3/4 inch in length)
- a paint brush with a long wooden handle (I needed a brush for glueing during the bookbinding process and found the one on the picture with a 12 inch handle. The handle was too long for what I needed so I decided to cut it and used the far end of the brush for this project)
- white non-toxic glue that dries clear
- embroidery thread (I happened to have black thread left over from another project)
- a hand saw (I got this funky one for another project and it did the trick for this one too)
- a hand drill and small bit - the bit needs to be about the same diameter as the needle (for my project I used a .046 bit)
other useful tools:
- a pair of small needle nose pliers
- a piece of fine sand paper