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Aug 10, 2018

How To: Rebind a Vintage Paperback Book

diy book binding

I love reading. It's a passion and a pastime, a comfort when I'm stressed out, and a total compulsion—ask my wife and she'll confirm that if there's written material anywhere in my vicinity, I'll scan it. I read books from the bookstore and the library, I read articles on my phone, I print out PDFs of friends' screenplays for annotated reviews.

I also really enjoy buying vintage books, especially while traveling. My trade of choice is artisan printing, particularly in letterpress, so I love examining the craft that goes into these old books.

Most books come to me in decent condition, but every once in a while I'll come across one in a Charlie Brown Christmas tree state. Today I finally sat down to work on this 70-year-old German paperback, and I'd like to share my DIY book binding process with you.

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Apr 16, 2018

Make This: Brazed Aluminum Shop Bookends

Sponsored by Bernzomatic: #FindYourFire

 

We're in the world of paperless resources, so having a collection of actual books is a bit of a forgotten passion. But there's something special about a few key reference manuals, inspirational resources, and good ol' fashioned nostalgia that I just love. Keeping them close at hand but neatly organized can be a bit of a challenge in the home shop. That's where a set of simple bookends can come in handy.   


I wanted to make a set of bookends that stood out but felt at home in the shop. That's why this simple, clean design is such a great fit. A set of squares set me back about $15

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Nov 02, 2017

7 Things You Absolutely Must Do When Restoring a Classic Car

Editor's note: From time to time, we like to feature the voices of ManMade readers on the site. We love hearing what you're up to, what you're making, and how you stay creative. When ManMade reader Scott Huntington wrote in share his love of classic cars and the work that goes into restoring them, I asked him to share his experience. 

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Oct 20, 2016

Idea to Steal: Use Firewood as Decor

created at: 01/13/2014

Simple idea, tons of texture...

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Oct 21, 2013

DIY Idea: Stacks of Books as Home Decor

DIY Idea: Books as Decor

Attention bookworms:  your reading habits are about to pay off as some low-cost, bold DIY home decor. 

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Aug 23, 2013

DIY Idea: Make Leather Cabinet Pulls

Leather and brass pulls by CAMP [http://www.campprovisions.com/product/leather-brass-pulls]

Want to upgrade your cabinets? We got a super easy idea for you that requires only a couple materials.

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Sep 10, 2010

10-Minute Project: Framed Moustache Art

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/09/2010

I'm all for quick and easy projects, so when I visited my friend Derek in Portland last week, I couldn't help but notice some of the new art hanging in his bathroom. These framed moustaches remind me of Victorian hair art, a strange and wonderful fad during the mid-1800's when human hair was used to create jewelry and other mementos. 

 

created at: 09/09/2010

Derek has followed suit and used human hair moustaches for this project, which I think creates a really weird and awesome look. Often used for theatrical productions, they're not all that expensive; you can find a good selection at your local costume shop or online.

Using

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Sep 07, 2010

Going Back to Flynn's Arcade: Tron Sock Pattern for Superfan Superknitters

By Polly Conway, Guest Blogger

created at: 09/07/2010

Even though the release of the Tron sequel is months away, I can feel the mania beginning already! Knitter Chris Wass has taken it to the next level with this pattern for a beautifully detailed pair of socks.

Making these would be a grand gesture for the Tron freak in your life, as they're a bit on the tricky side. But you've got until December to whip these babies up in time for the return of still-rockin' Jeff Bridges as our beloved Flynn. If you're unfamiliar with this 80's video game/sci-fi classic, here's a little taste:

 

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