Today I would like to share pictures of the two wonderful Lying Presses, that my amazing husband made for me. A lot of my books so far have not featured glued bindings and covers so until recently, I had not needed these kinds of press. Until I bought some bookcloth and tried my hand at case binding that was.
I had the MAD idea of making case bound books as Christmas gifts! In case you ever find yourself also thinking this is a good idea…my advice would be to start MUCH earlier than late November! This made drying times much longer as it is now damp and cold in the UK. Make them in the summer when the glue will dry faster (if you live in the UK that is).
The first press is 28cm long and the larger one is 40 cm long. When I am using one of them I put it across the other pair like this;
This makes up for the fact that I don’t have a tub for them. It keeps the work up off the desk. I really couldn’t justify £80 for a commercially made press, for the amount of use they will get. Making them yourself, does also mean you have full control over the size of the press.
I’m so lucky to have a wonderful husband that supports my hobby and who will put such lovely tools together for me.
Thank you to my wonderful husband for taking time out of your hectic schedule, to make these for me. I love them and I love you too. :)
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon