recasing hardcover book

Damaged Book Hinges

Recasing a Hardcover Book – Method 2

METHOD 2: Original Pastedown Lifted Off Board or Endpaper Replaced Double check to see that the text block is correctly positioned in the case. The text block and cover need to be right side up to one another. The text block should be positioned correctly at the edge of the case. Slip a large piece of wax paper into the fold of the endpaper to act as a moisture barrier. The wax paper should be larger than the endpaper. Cover the wax paper with a sheet…

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book hinge repair

Recasing – One Damaged Hinge

Examine both hinges very carefully to be sure only one hinge needs repair. If more than l/4 if the crash on either hinge is damaged, that hinge must be replaced. Recasing the text block – two damaged hinges is the next post in this series. Cut through any crash that is still intact in the damaged hinge area so the cover falls away from the text block. Check the original spine liners. It they are not glued down, carefully feed PVA or PVA/mixture between the spine…

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Recasing a Hard Cover Book

In the next few posts I will talk about recasing a text block into the cover of a book. The hinge is the weakest part of a case bound book. As explained in an earlier post on how books are put together, the text block is constructed in one operation while the case is constructed in another operation. The spine of the text block is covered with crash, and the crash is attached to the book board. The crash is covered by the…

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