Cloth Bound Book Repair: Spine Removal part 2

Time for part 2 of my adventures in book repair. If you haven’t read part one go do so now then come back. If you have then this image should look familiar to you. Yes? Great. Last time we left off we had just attacked a slip of bristol paper with PVA glue.

Now place the bristol slip on the back of the book cloth to make a backing for the new spine.

Then miter the corners of the book cloth to take away some of the material. Cut a central cut all the way to the edge of the paper.
Glue that edges down.

Now glue out the book’s spine and attach it to the front of the book cloth. An easy way to make sure you are centered bend the cloth over the edges of the bristol on the back.

Then guess what you’re done! Now place the finished product in between to sheets of wax paper, and place it under something heavy to flatten and squeeze out any excess glue. Let over dry for 24-48 hours.
That’s the end of part one of fixing a cloth bound book’s spine. Tomorrow? Attaching it back to the book.


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