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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 4

GLUING THE REPAIR PATCH IN PLACE IMPORTANT: Read through the instructions for gluing the repair patch in place before beginning this procedure. It is important to understand when and where to apply the glue; if the repair is glued in the wrong order, it’s possible to be “glued into a corner”, needing to glue something that is already covered by another part of the repair. In modern book case construction, the spine of the book cloth and the spine of…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 3

FITTING THE REPAIR PATCH TO THE BOOK   Slip the repair patch in place between the original book cloth and the book board. Make sure the patch is long enough and wide enough to cover the damaged area. Use the long edge of a folder to work the patch into both cover joints. Take a moment to check the position of the patch. The new book cloth patch should lie flat against the book boards and spine of the text block. There should not be any wrinkles…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 2

PREPARING THE BOOK FOR REPAIR Support the book with another book or a stack of boards. Use an X-acto knife and ruler to cut through the book cloth turn-in along the edge of the endpapers at the head of the book. The cut should be 1 – 2” long. At the outer edge of the first cut (the end away from the spine), make a 90 degree cut across the book cloth from the edge of the endpaper to the top of the book board. Use a knife…

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