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  1. LindaK
    December 6, 2018 @ 11:01 am

    My best friends for cutting book board are a cutting board, a good quality metal 18” T-Square, and a razor knife with a new blade. I put thin non-skid pads on the bottom of the T-Square…just in case it wants to move, especially when I cut thicker board. I’ve used this method for 15 years and I get a nice clean, square result. As to book board thickness, I’ve not had good results with thinner board unless it’s quite a tiny book. It tends to warp on anything larger. Lineco makes at least three thicknesses. I generally stick with medium for +/- 5.5”x8.0” journals and sketch/watercolor books.

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  2. MaryChilton
    December 22, 2018 @ 9:25 am

    Don’t forget to test the bend of the board. Board will bend easier in one direction than the other. To prevent warping, the bend should be across the narrow measurement and secured by the binding, on a typical book. The stiffest direction should be north/south, the bend should be east/west with one side in the binding.

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    • Ali Manning
      December 27, 2018 @ 1:46 pm

      Yes, paper grain is super important!

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  3. Holly
    October 4, 2020 @ 12:50 pm

    Where can you find book board?

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  4. LindaK
    October 4, 2020 @ 2:34 pm

    I’ve made many hand-bound books, probably 100-200, and learned about “book board” the hard way. I use only Lineco archival book board. You can purchase on line or most good art supply stores sell it in 3-4 thicknesses. Other types of board, e.g., chip board, illustration board are poor substitutes that will warp when you apply any type of glue or paste. Flattening “Bad Board” under weights or a book press may not be a permanent fix.

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  5. Kathryn Faille
    February 19, 2021 @ 1:47 pm

    What thickness do you recommend for A4 size books?

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  6. alisonmanning
    February 19, 2021 @ 2:49 pm

    great question! I would go with a 0.098 book board for an A4 book. Definitely choose a thicker board because it’s quite a large book.

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  7. Micheline Brunelle
    June 28, 2021 @ 11:53 am

    Hello,
    Should my book cover be the same size as my signatures? Is there a standard way to measure the size for book covers? Thank you 🙂

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  8. alisonmanning
    June 28, 2021 @ 12:14 pm

    Hi Micheline – it does depend on the type of binding you’re doing. But generally speaking i add 1/4″ (6mm) to height and width of my signature to get the cover size.

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  9. Micheline Brunelle
    June 28, 2021 @ 3:52 pm

    Thank you Ali 🙏 this helps 😊

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