Fix a broken book?
August 15, 2005 7:04 AM Subscribe
How do I fix the binding on a cheap, glued together, book?
posted by Mitheral to writing & language (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The book I need to fix is an automotive repair manual that sat on the package shelf of a car for a couple years. The UV has both faded the cover and turned the glue holding the pages together into something resembling hard toffee. Subsequent opening of the book has caused the pages to separate into a dozen mini books.
Is there a way to reglue this book or should I just cut off the hardened glue and bind it some other way. If the latter what is the best way to both separate the pages and then bind them together again? I was thinking of just clamping the book between a couple pieces of wood and running the bound edge thru my bandsaw. Then 3-hole punching it and putting the pages in a binder. Better approaches?
 Keeping in mind the book is only $35 brand new.