(Continued from previous posts - and finally concluded in this one!)
Attach the coverboards to the cloth.
Glue down sides of cloth. Get glue all over hands. Be glad you're wearing an apron.
Wait for the case to dry. Wish there were some faster way to do this.
When the Textblock Meets the Case
Run endtapes through a tapestry needle.
Use a bamboo skewer to hold the linen bookbinding thread out of the way while endtapes are inserted under stitches on spine of textblock.
Select two sheets of nice, acid-free paper. (These are called "endpapers".) Fold each endpaper in half.
Crease folds in endpapers using a bone folder.
Line up endpapers, exposing the 1/8th inch of the endpapers closest to the folds. Apply glue to this area.
Attach the endpapers into the front and back of the textblock.
Arrange the text-block spine-down on the case, with the pages standing up at a 90 degree angle from the case.
Glue the end tapes to the case.
Cover the endtapes with waxed paper.
Prop the whole arrangement in place with heavy dictionaries. Wait for the glue to dry.
When the glue is dry on the endtapes, apply glue to the side of each endpaper closest to the case and fold them down against the case, thus hiding the ugly coverboard.
Put waxed paper over endpapers. Weigh down with heavy dictionaries or other books until dry.
Print out the text of the title slip on heavy, acid-free paper.
Cut out a pretty, decorative element.
Glue decorative element to title paper.
Cut title paper appropriately using special scissors.
Fold title strip and attach it to itself using acid-free, double-sided tape.
The book is now complete!
Next time, on to some non-bookbinding related posts!