A Simple Book Repair Manual: New Spine
New Spine with Original Spine Remounted
Suggested Equipment & Supplies:
- Straight edge ruler
- Bristol board or .010 acid free Hollinger stock
- Cotton-linen book cloth
- Adhesive (PVA & methyl cellulose mix)
- Bone folder
- 2" dowel or broom handle
- Book press
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Using the scalpel and
straight edge ruler remove the original spine by slicing through the book
cover cloth just 1/8" past the hinge. Do this to both the front and back
covers. Remove the spine from the book and gently peel the paper spine
piece away from the cloth spine.
- Trim all
frayed edges on the removed spine but not so much as to damage the appearance
of the spine.
- Cutting along the grain cut a new spine piece from bristol
board the height of the book's boards. The grain must run parallel to the
spine. The width should be cut exactly to the width of the spine.
a strip of matching book
cloth 2 inches wider than the spine piece and 1 inch longer than the
length of the spine piece.
- Glue the
spine piece with adhesive, center it on the book cloth, and bone in place.
the head and
tail ends of the book cloth over the newly adhered spine piece and make a
both sides of the head of the new spine piece at a 45°ree; angle up
to the crease. Repeat for the tail.
- Make a cut at the center of the bookcloth
at each end (head and tail) just up to the spine piece.
- Apply adhesive
to the tail up to the crease. Fold over and rub with a bone folder. Repeat
for the opposite end.
- Shape the new spine piece around a dowel or broom
handle until it curves slightly.
- Using the small
spatula, gently lift the book cloth on the cover approximately 1 inch
away from the book hinge.
- Glue the exposed
cloth on the sides of the new
spine piece and attach to the book to create a new spine. Center
and bone the new spine in place under the lifted cover book cloth.
- Nip the
book for a few seconds.
- Put paste on the lifted cover
cloth and press
- Mount the
original spine onto the new spine.
- Press the book between book boards
in a book press for approximately 15 minutes.