Introduction: How to Lumbeck a Book! (book Binding Method)

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Well, you may not have heard from Emil Lumbeck who invented this method of cold gluing a book back in 1942, but you surely already held a book in your hands which was lumbecked.
This is a very fast method for making a book and I often use if for technical documents. It is easy to do at home and looks good. I also made some flip-books with this method!

It works best if there are not too many pages (up to 100 is o.k.) and if the paper itself is not too thick (80g/m2 is standard).

The picture shows the lumbecked datasheets of the Attiny24 and the attiny2313. Two microcontroller I often use!

Step 1: What You Need

Well, this instructable is not only about the lumbecking-technique but also on a device I made by myself which makes this technique much easier.

You need:
  • Some wood in the size bigger than the sheets you want to glue (i.e. 25x30)
  • some screws to connect the wood, a bit of glue and some belt
  • at least 2, better 4 bar clamps
  • paper glue (book binding glue is perfect, ponal or similar works too)
  • a whole block of paper (which you want to bind)
  • four paper clips

Step 2: Built the Support Frame

The support frame is just two parts of wood, or to be more specific, it is four, but two each are connected together again.
The size does not really matter. It has to be as long as the book is high. And the lower part doesn't have to be too wide, 5-10cm is ideal.

Just look at the pictures to get a glimpse of what it shall look like. In the following steps you will then see what the function of it is.

Step 3: Get the Front Edge Straight

knock the block of individual papers with the front edge on a flat surface like your table. Adjust the papers so that the front edge is really alidgned, this is the most important step in the whole process!

If any side doesn't look good, the whole book doesn't look good! I often go several times through this step. If something moves, open up the paper clips again and start new. You can try as often as you want, but you can only glue it one time!!!

You only need to clip the paper on the side that should be glued. But I often start on the other side, then move over to the back side and remove the first clips. Do it as you like. With a little practice you will find your own method!

Step 4: Insert Into the Support Frame

Now put the front edge of the book into the support frame and press it together with the two clamps.
Make sure when looking from the side, that the front edge is still straight!

Step 5: Open the Back and Glue It

Now it is time to open the paper clamps on the back edge of the book and start gluing.
The bar clamps give us support and the support frame provides stability.

Bend the block over, so that the individual pages now form some kind of a terrace.

Take the top sheet to the other side and apply glue to the rest. Then bend the block over to the other side and do the same. When applying glue, the first sheet (no.2 and 52 in the pictures) always gets a lot of glue. Because we still have one sheet on top, that is no problem. Without that, the whole block would extensively glue to the wooden support frame.

Now bring the block back to the middle and fold up the parts of the support frame. I normally use a sheet of crap paper to protect the support frame from excess glue. Use another two or more clams to press the back end of the block together.

Don't use too much glue, it won't help. Just make sure every page gets it half millimeter of glue!

Now let it rest for a few hours or over night.

Step 6: Unboxing and Finishing

When the glue has dried, open up the supporting frame and take out the book. Now this book is lumbecked.

If you want you can add some paper to the back of the book.

Or you could glue some cardboard to the first an the last page of the book.

In a few weeks I hope to publish an instructable about flip books with this technique! So watch out and follow me if you like!

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