The book press is finished!

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:

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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:

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First paid letterpress gig

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.

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2. Make some new end sheets, and tip these in using PVA. Masking with painters tape before adding glue helps keep things tidy.

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3. Print a new cover on book cloth. This is off of the lockup featured last week.

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4. Wrap book cloth over old cover, glue to end sheets, and press!

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