So I've been really stoked about getting into DIY bookbinding. I am working on putting together my binding jig, and I worked out getting my signatures printed it out how I want them. my biggest concern is getting the paper folded. I'm HORRIBLE at making a straight clean fold. I also don't want to spend a small fortune in buying a machine to do it. From what I'm reading, the lower priced machines aren't that great in consistency or speed. So if it's going to take me a while either way, I want it to be something that's either a) extremely cheap and/or b) homemade.
One idea I've had is a simple board with a backstop on one side and a hinged straight edge (was thinking thin metal ruler), that can be clamped at the other end to hold it down, on the other side. Slide the paper in till it hits the backstop, then fold the straight edge down, lock in place (locking the paper in place as well), and simply fold the free end over. Then unlock straight edge and remove folded paper.
With that I know I would get a good straight, even fold. My problem comes in low volume and long time to fold. I'm trying to come up with something that I can rig up that will speed that up more. Something where I can just slide the paper in, pull the lever and it will do the clamping and folding, then release the lever to unlock the paper. Any ideas or know of any sites where I could find something like that?
This site has been exactly what I've been needing. I've gotten tons of ebooks and lengthy reports that
I've bought or have been sent. I can print cheaply enough, but have held back because I didn't want to lug around thick folders full of paper or 3 ring binders. Now I can just print, fold, bind and voila! my own book/booklet to read at my leisure whenever, where ever! Thank you so much for this site!!!