PROJECTS: WEDDING BOOK
2. CUT THE BOARDS
2a. To determine the size of your cover boards, measure the length and width of a folded signature.
Add ¼" to each measurement.
2b. Mark where you’ll cut the book
board. Steady the ruler with one hand,
and with the other draw the utility
knife from the top to the bottom of
the board. Go over the scored line
until the board releases. Repeat for
the second board.
2c. Mark the dimensions of the window, then score it along all sides until it
releases. Mark the corners of the window to avoid cutting past them. Sand
the edges smooth with a fingernail file.
TIP: Test the grain
of the board before
cutting. Bend it in both
directions. Make note
of which direction is
strongest and cut
3. COVER THE BOARDS
3a. To determine the size of the book cloth, add 1" to the height and width of your boards. Cut 2 pieces.
Center the boards over the book cloth and trace. For the board with the window, also mark ¼" from the
edges of the window, where the book cloth will fold.
3b. Place wax paper on your work surface to protect it from the glue. Using
a brush, smear PVA glue on the book
board, then place the glue-saturated
board onto the book cloth. Press it
down with your hand, then flip it over.
Use the bone folder to adhere the
book cloth. Be sure to finish the first
board before starting the second.
3c. Trim the excess book cloth. Place
your ruler 1 board’s thickness away
from the corner, at a 45° angle. Mark,
then cut. Repeat for the remaining corners. For the board with the window,
cut along the marks drawn within the
window, then cut toward the window
corners 45° diagonally — but don’t cut
all the way to the corners, or the book
board will show through.