Last year I taught myself how to bind books so I wouldn't have to pay a couple hundred bucks to have my portfolio bound at the end of the year. I've come to enjoy the tedious process, and I thought I would share it with GP.
I do know there are a few of you that have gone through this, so if you see anything that looks wrong or that could be done better, please let me know!
Although the initial investment isn't small (a hundred or so should get you all of the supplies you need), I haven't had to re-up on anything but book cloth and binding board since I first purchased everything.
Some of the supplies you'll need.
-"Super" (the mesh stuff)
Also, if you have shaky hands and fatty fingers (like me) get tweezers, they will help in multiple parts of the process.
I used the laser printer at my school for some cheap (free) output at 11x17. These are separated by each signature in the book.
Page by page needs to be folded in half and then collated per signature.
After the signatures are folded, be sure to label the signature with what order it appears in. It can get confusing easily if you don't have page numbers.
Double check that the back page of the previous signature matches up with the first page of the next (before you fold).
And TA-DA, all done. 7 signatures, 4 copies of each, folded.
Now you're going to have to punch holes using the awl for the thread to go through. I create a guide to make sure everything lines up.
Now punch the holes in all of the signatures following the guide.
Once all of the signatures are punched, organize them in to individual books.
Time to get your thread and needles ready. The hardest part of the process is threading the needle.
More to come.