A Bit of a Trick

October 16, 2008

Some boards are more problematic in this way than others, but cleaning the slot out in the end is really important for inserting the rebacking material evenly, and I had a few rather brittle boards I didn’t want to bang on the table to knock the sawdust out. It’s been working rather well for me, however, to disconnect the tubing that leads to the vacuum and run it along the slot before taking the book out of the platen. The hose is wider than the slot, so doing this while the board is clamped offers some surface area on either side to give better suction than holding the board in the air.

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