Charles J. Bagley.

Those who prefer to keep their numbers of Amateur Work in a cover, in book form, rather than to leave them loose, can make a convenient binder to take each number as it comes from the publishers, thus keeping the file complete and doing away with the chances of losing any of the magazines.

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The measurements given are suitable for Amateur Work, and the reader will understand that they can be changed so as to make a cover to hold sheet music, or anything of a similar nature.

Get two pieces of millboard, such as is used for book covers, 121/2" by 81/2", and a little less than 1/8" thick. Photographic mounts can be procured which will answer the purpose. In one long side of each piece punch two holes and put in two open metal eyelets, about 21/2" from each end and 1/2" from the edge (your family lawyer or the shoe-maker will have the machine with which to do this). Get from a book binder or a binders' supply house a piece of book cloth 22" by 15". The lighter grades of keratol, pegamoid or other imitation leathers, to be obtained at an upholsterers, will answer admirably in place of book cloth. Fold and lightly crease the cloth across the short way in the middle, with the right side of the cloth out. Open the cloth again and make four lines parallel with the crease, on the wrong side of the cloth, two of them one inch from the crease on each side of it and two of them two inches from it also mark the boards an inch from the edge where the eyelets are. Quickly put good paste on one of the boards up to this line and on half the wrong side of the cloth up to the two inch line. Join the two pasted surfaces, placing the eyelet edge of the board on the line one inch from the centre crease of the cloth, and leaving an equal amount of the cloth above and below the board. Turn over the cloth and board and rub the cloth down tight so as to remove any bubbles and have the cloth smooth and fast to the board. Turn over again, and treat the other half of the cloth and the other board in the same way. Then cut the corners of the cloth on an angle, as shown at the top of the drawing, escaping the corners of the board about 1/8". Fold over top and bottom of cloth all the way across and paste down, then the ends the same. Be sure the cloth is pasted tight to the board, especially at the edges, where it is most likely to loosen when being folded over. After all is dry, the cover will look more finished if a piece of tinted or fancy, paper is pasted on the inside of each cover nearly to the edges and over the edges of the cloth.

These measurements will make a cover which will have a capacity of two inches in thickness (about three volumes of Amateur Work ) and will leave a space of about 3/4" around the edges •of the magazine for protection. Each number of the magazine will require two pieces of wire to bold it in place. Get a spool of flexible wire, brass or tinned iron, about No. 22, and cut off