Christine Cox

sanding

Bookbinders are forced to make their own tools every now and then. Here are some ideas for specialized sanding blocks.

When preparing the edges of a text block for edge decoration, wrap sandpaper around an eraser (my favorite) or a small rectangular piece of wood. Presto! An instant mini-sanding block.

If the fore-edge of the text block is curved (rounded spine), then you can sand it smooth with sandpaper wrapped around a wooden dowel that fits into the curvature of the fore-edge.

To clean out the joints between the cover boards and the spine, wrap the sandpaper around the edge of an old credit card.

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Comments on: "Specialized sanding blocks" (2)

  1. What type of sandpaper are you using to sand your text blocks down?

    • Hi Shawn. Thanks for the question. I use silicon carbide sandpaper, mostly because it’s readily available at hardware stores. I start with 100 or 150 grit and then work through the grits down to 400.

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