Finally, I’ve finished fixing up the book press. You may remember her condition from this post back in January.
Here’s what she looked like then:
And after much experimenting with WD40, citrus based cleaners, rustoleum, and phosphoric acid, here’s what she looks like today, covered in two coats of clear satin polyurethane:
Last week I was offered my first paid gig as a bookmaker. My brother Ben (one of the duo that makes up SheltonFilms) needed a book prop for a shoot last Saturday.
If you ever find yourself needing to do the same, this is my process:
1. Purchase a cheap book from a thrift store, library, or used book store. Using wheat paste to loosen the glue, rip off the cover and end sheets.
2. Make some new end sheets, and tip these in using PVA. Masking with painters tape before adding glue helps keep things tidy.
3. Print a new cover on book cloth. This is off of the lockup featured last week.
4. Wrap book cloth over old cover, glue to end sheets, and press!
I was back on press yesterday for the first time in almost a year.
And it felt amazing.