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  • NathanC151 commented on NathanC151's instructable Binding a Book With Common Materials5 months ago
    Binding a Book With Common Materials

    Glad I could be of help! I'll try to answer your questions the best I can -- I definitely don't claim to be an expert at this.- You could definitely use different types of paper for the signatures. I would even say that it's just fine to even mix different types of paper within the same signature. Just remember the general rule of thumb that the thinner the paper, the more sheets per signature.- For thicker watercolor paper, I would say no fewer than 4, maybe down to 3 sheets per signature. I don't think I would go down to 2 sheets... Using my example, I had 7 sheets using paper that was about the same weight as standard printer paper, maybe slightly heavier, and that seemed to make signatures that were just about the right thickness. That could be something you could use to gauge off a...

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    Glad I could be of help! I'll try to answer your questions the best I can -- I definitely don't claim to be an expert at this.- You could definitely use different types of paper for the signatures. I would even say that it's just fine to even mix different types of paper within the same signature. Just remember the general rule of thumb that the thinner the paper, the more sheets per signature.- For thicker watercolor paper, I would say no fewer than 4, maybe down to 3 sheets per signature. I don't think I would go down to 2 sheets... Using my example, I had 7 sheets using paper that was about the same weight as standard printer paper, maybe slightly heavier, and that seemed to make signatures that were just about the right thickness. That could be something you could use to gauge off and get a general idea of how many sheets you might need for your paper.- With the example I presented here, my pages don't lie flat. However, I think with some minor adjustments you could make that happen. You'll notice after attaching all the signatures together (end of step 5) that it opens up nice and flat. To keep it this way through the end, I would do 2 things differently (I've never tried though, so this is just my best guess). 1) In step 6, forget about the liner and just glue the super directly to the binding. The liner is just there to add stiffness. 2) use a flexible spine material or potentially eliminate it entirely. The stiffness of the spine is what really seems to keep the pages in my book from lying flat.If you give it a try, I'd love to see an update on how it went for you! Good luck with your book binding project!

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  • NathanC151 commented on NathanC151's instructable Binding a Book With Common Materials9 months ago
    Binding a Book With Common Materials

    Good question. There's no reason you need the same number of pages in each signature. The only thing I would say is to just make sure you don't have a signature with too few pages. A signature with only a couple or few pages can tear out of the binding more easily.

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  • NathanC151 commented on NathanC151's instructable Binding a Book With Common Materials2 years ago
    Binding a Book With Common Materials

    Thanks for bringing that up! After reading your comment, I did a little digging myself and found this nice little explanation: https://www.instructables.com/answers/What-is-the-d...Turns out that they are basically the same. Thanks for the comment!

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