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This is the final post for my first attempt at trying to restore a book for the first time.  If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can find part 1 and part 2 here.  I have finished my restoration by creating a new cover for the text block.

Making the cover

I used the Cover & Spine Calculator I had created, to work out the size of the front and back boards, and not forgetting the spine.

I joined the spine, and the boards together by using brown paper.  I glued the spine down on one side of the paper and then the boards glued on the other side of the brown paper.

Once the cover dried I tried it out for size, to make sure everything was fitting correctly.  I was pretty happy with how it looked and was covering the text block nicely!

Covering the book cover

When it came to covering the cover I needed to choose the right colour.  I didn’t have anything that would match the exact colour of the original cover, so I chose something as close to it which was red.

I cut this down to size and glued the cover down to the material, including the edges.  I realised after it was too late (as always) that I had glued the cover upside down!  The spine should have been facing upwards, not the other way around – but it wasn’t the end of the world for me!

Once the cover had dried and been pressed overnight I tried the cover again with the text block, and again was happy how it looked.

Sticking it all together

Once I had everything lined up and ready to go, I glued the end papers down to the cover, adding some paper to blot the moisture and a sheet of plastic to act as a barrier between the front and back cover and the text block.  Then clamped it between some boards over night.

The next morning

The next morning I removed the clamps and had a look at the finished book and it turned out better than I expected, and can’t believe this was a book that was literally dropping to bits.  Considering it was something I had never done before I am really happy with myself!

I had kept the spine from the original book which had the title in gold, as well as a pattern.  I wondered if I might be able to glue this to the spine of the new cover because I felt it was too nice to throw away.

So I cut it down to neaten the edges because they were ragged and torn.  Once this was done I simply glued it down onto the spine.

I was pleased with how this worked out, because I wasn’t sure if this would work or not.  What do you think?

Overall, I’m really happy with the result of this book restoration.  I must admit I’ve picked up some more books from car boots to have more practice at restoring books, so watch out for more posts like this!

Thanks for reading, and hope to see you again!

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