Finishing off the Text Block and Assembling the Cover
Crash or Muslin
Lined cover boards
Apply PVA glue to the flattened spine of your text block.
Line up crash (or you can use muslin) and glue to the spine of the text block.
Tipping in the endsheets...
The endsheets shown here are already folded in half.
Using the straight edge of a waste paper (the green paper here) apply PVA glue to the exposed edge of the folded endsheet.
Always brush OUT, off the waste paper and onto your surface to be glued.
This prevents glue from being swept underneath the waste paper edge and onto paper you don't want glue on.
Lift off waste paper.
Flip over the end sheet (glue side down)
Repeat process for the second endsheet.
Both endsheets are tipped in and you are ready for the next step...
Applying the Liner to the Cover Boards
Fold in the head and foot so it measures the same height as your text block.
Glue down the folded flaps
Mark with a pencil the glue lines - where your cover boards end and your liner/spine sticks out.
Place wax paper over the crash, you don't want glue on any of the text block yet.
Now brush PVA glue on the liner, adhere the cover boards. Weight and dry.
At some point here you want to trim your endsheets to match your signatures. A metal edged ruler/straight edge and a good blade are highly recommended.
Next: Decorating the Cover