Miniature bookbinding equipment
The equipment offered below was originally developed for everyday use here at Tony Firman Bookbinding, where it is used to produce the books published by Plum Park Press and Moon Pear Publishing. The equipment is based on traditional European bookbinding equipment, but made in a size suitable for working on miniature books. The small size makes the equipment easy to use, and to store when not in use.
All the equipment is hand-made from solid maple, and finished with a clear water-based varnish. Pieces are usually made to order, so please allow six weeks for delivery. Please note that shipping charges apply for destinations anywhere in the world.
A punching cradle is used to hold the folded sheets of paper that make up a signature while they are punched through the fold with an awl. This greatly simplifies sewing the sheets together.
Punching cradle 5-7/8" (150 mm) by 4-1/4" (108 mm) by 2-1/4" (58 mm).
Awl 4-3/4" (120 mm) long by 1/4" (6 mm) diameter.
$45, plus $10 shipping and handling.
A sewing frame is used to sew together the sheets of paper that make up each signature, and at the same time to sew the signatures together.
Sewing frame 7-1/8" (180 mm) by 4-1/2" (115 mm) by 6-1/2" (165 mm).
$100, plus $10 shipping and handling.
A cutting press and plough are used to trim the edges of a bookblock. The cutting press clamps the bookblock firmly, while the plough applies a "knife" at right-angles to it to trim across the exposed edge.
Cutting press 7-1/8" (180 mm) by 6-1/2" (165 mm) by 1-5/8" (40 mm).
Plough 3-3/8" (85 mm) by 5-1/2" (140 mm) by 3-1/4" (80 mm).
$175, plus $15 shipping and handling.
Note: You also need a press base (see below)
to stabilize this press when it is in use.
A press base is needed to support a cutting press when it is in use; it is also useful for supporting a finishing press. You probably need only one base, even if you have more than one press.
Press base 8-1/4" (210 mm) by 4-5/8" (120 mm) by 2-7/8" (75 mm).
$35, plus $10 shipping and handling.
A nipping press is used for various operations where something just glued-up has to be "nipped" to keep it from warping while it is damp. A major application is pressing a completed book immediately after the bookblock has been cased in until all the glue has dried. This this application, the press includes a pair of edged press boards, plus a pair of "tins" (actually non-staining aluminum).
Nipping press 6" (150 mm) by 4-3/4" (120 mm) by about 7" (175 mm).
$150, plus $15 shipping and handling.
A finishing press is used for various operations on the spine of a bookblock (gluing-up, applying crash and headbands), or on the spine of a bound book (applying a label or tooling).
Finishing press 7-1/8" (180 mm) by 6-1/2" (165 mm) by 1-5/8" (40 mm).
$100, plus $15 shipping and handling.
Note: You may also want a press base (see below)
to hold up this press when it is in use.