In many a household there accumulates magazines and other printed matter which the possessor does not wish to throw away, and yet does not care to go to the expense of sending them to the bindery to be bound. A satisfactory solution to such a condition is to bind them at home. Not only can home binding be done cheaply, but many times sufficient skill can be developed at the work to enable one to make fine bindings. The writer recently saw the works of a popular author which had been rebound in leather by an amateur, which showed a proficiency not common in professional work. As an occupation for inclement or winter weather, bookbinding is both interesting and profitable. The work can be continued as opportunity permits, is clean, and may be made as artistic as the purse and inclination permits. The simpler forms are quickly learned, and it is this work only which will be included in these directions, leaving the more difficult work to be learned from books already available, or under the instruction of professionals.

Bookbinding At Home I Sewing Frame 289

Sewing Frame.

As certain tools are necessary to even the most simple styles of binding, the construction of those which can be made by the amateur will first be described. The sewing frame, as shown in Fig. 1, is easily made. A large wooden clamp with screws about 15" long, can be purchased at a hardware store for a small sum. A base-board, A, 1' 10" long, 14" wide and 1" thick, should be planed level and smooth. It is supported upon two pieces of wood, B, 14" long, 3" wide and 2" thick, one at each end, which are glued and screwed to the baseboard. The heads of the screws are countersunk and covered with putty. In each of the front corners of the baseboard bore a hole, the center of which is 21/2" from the front edge and 11/2" from the ends, and of a size to snugly receive the handles of the wooden screws, C, of the clamp. The handles of the screws are then put in the holes, and 1/4" holes, F, are bored through the supports and the handles of the screws C, through which are put 1/4" bolts. This method of making the frame enables it to be taken apart and laid flat when not in use, thus requiring less space for storage.

A wooden crosspiece, D, is 1' 10" long, 21/2" wide and 1" thick. Bore holes, the centers of which are 11/2" from each end, large enough to receive easily, but not loosely, the screws C. The pieces E are cut one each from the jaws of the wooden clamp, only one hole in each jaw having a thread cut in it. About 1" of wood is left on each side of the hole. Another way to make the crosspiece D is to take the pieces of the clamp jaws having the smooth holes, cut off the ends, leaving about 11/2" of wood each side the holes; bore 1" holes in one end of each piece, and in these holes glue the ends of a piece of 1" round oak curtain pole V 5" long. This form possesses some advantages over the form first given. Between the screws C a long slot is cut through the baseboard A, 1/2" wide and 1' 4" long, to receive the strings used in binding, the lower ends of which are tied through holes in flat pieces of wood 3" long, 1" wide and 1/4" thick, and kept in place by the tension on the string. The upper ends are tied to hooks on the lower side of the crosspiece D if the first form is used, or tied over the round rod if the second form is used. The press will be described in the next chapter.