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.


  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.


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

      Yes, paper grain is super important!


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