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What do y ou do with all of your technical publications such as 73 Amateur Radio Today? Do you stack the publications on a shell] stuff them into a boxf or throw them away? Are you aware of the valuable information that has been imparted on the pages of each issue placed into your hands?

Hams, above most others, communicate technical information via schematic diagrams. Schematic diagrams carry the concept of a project design and techniques for achieving a useful piece of equipment. Unless the various issues are cataloged and stored where they can be found, the valuable information is essential!v lost forever

Not everyone can afford to have a huge library room available to them. I suffered from attempting to store the various publications on a shelf, and soon ran into a dilemma of disappearing storage space- To solve the problem at my house, I started binding the publications into annual volumes and then placing them in an organized fashion onto the same shelves. To save space with each annual volume, it was necessary to remove and save selected parts oui of cach issue before rebiriding it into a volume- Each volume is marked with the magazine title and the publication year so that it will be easily identified,

Although the process steps for binding publications is simple and without surprises, it lakes longer to describe the process than it actually takes to implement all of the steps. As a result, the bookbinding process has been broken up into three parts, I've included a number of pictures and diagrams in an attempt to make the techniques clear without anyone having to guess. In addition, a listing of the process steps is provided in the sidebar Although this procedure works well, please understand that the approach T\e outlined here is only one of many ways to accomplish the so you are encouraged to experiment to find a technique that works for you. The important thing to remember is that \aluable information must be saved.

Perhaps I he biggest inhibitor in any "new" process is the tool inventory required to make the process work smoothly. The tools that I selected for my use were drav\ n from what i had on hand for doing woodworking projects. Perhaps ihe only two "critical" items are the wood rasp for trimming the stem and the padding compound used for gluing the pages ol the new volume. The wood rasps that I use have very sharp teeth that cut bound paper easily without tearing. I've used other types of vvood shaper tools with some success, but really prefer ihe rasp.

Material and tools

Materials used in the bookbinding process are basically three items: kite siring, padding compound (pad cement). and manila folders. Except for the padding compound, the other two are very common. Photo A shows ihe tools and padding compound used in my process.

A nonwaxed kite string is used to

Photo A, Needed toots and pad cement, 73 Amateur Radio Today ■ March 2Q01 31
Photo B. Clamping fixture, clamps, and weights.

provide mechanical strength to support the glued stem. To "test" the string for suitability. lav a short piece in water If water is absorbed into the string, then it is suitable for this process-

I've tried several types of glue to hold the "new" volume together, but prefer the use of padding compound, also known as pad cement. The compound dries as a clear, flexible, and tough binder that adheres to the paper pages. I've used "white slue" for zhi-

ing the book stem with success. But

Photo C, Twelve issues stacked in month order — January on top am! December on the drawback showed up a few years later when the u hite glue became hard and would crack when the book was opened up fully. Otherwise, it certainly did the job. Padding compound/cement is available at most bookbinding operations and at suppliers ol bookbinding materials. I've found that one quart of compound will last me several years.

After the "new" volume has been glued, a new cover is placed around it. The material that I vc been using sue-cess full \ for cover material is called

•Hr lnde\ Bristol. Most people recognize the material a> a "maniia file folder."1 The typical and preferred si/e is K-l/2 \ 11 inches with a "straight cut" (no notches or tabs). The advantage of the new cover is that it adds very little to the total volume, but dresses up the new volume and provides additional strength to the glued stem. Straight-cut file folders work well for the majority of volumes thai do not exceed about one inch in thickness. If the new volume exceeds one inch, then a sheet of material larger than a file folder may be required. Large sheets of Index

Bristol in various si/es can be obtained through most stationery stores that provide customized ordering. The typical size sheet that Fve found useful is approximate!) 26 x 32 inches. Each >heet can he cut down to cover three larse/ thick volumes.

Tools used in this suggested bookbinding process arc assembled from "what's available'1 in the woodshop. The wood rasp is perhaps the most critical tool of all because it is "kev" for trimming the binding stem of the volume. Wood rasps are available in most hardware stores.

Here is a listing of the tools and aids

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