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The Blank Bible Chronicles, Part 2

Last time, I showed you how to remove the cover from your Bible so that it is ready to be taken to a printer and cut. Let me first answer an obvious question.

“What if I use a paperback Bible instead of a hardcover?” Well, in his instructions, Tony Reinke says you do not even have to remove the cover from a paperback Bible. Just take the Bible with you to the printer and then follow the steps illustrated and explained below. Again, we are using The Tony Reinke Method in constructing this blank Bible.

Okay, you should now have your Bible de-covered (if you have a hardcover). Next you need to measure 1/8″ from the binding edge and make a mark. That’s one-eighth (an eighth) of an inch. If you go any further than that you run the risk of ruining the Bible and having to start the entire project over. This is where I made the goof that ended up ruining the first Bible:

My goof - 1/4
See it LARGE

As you can see, I made my mark at 1/4″. That’s one-quarter (a quarter) of an inch. Yes, I know, the place on the tape measure is actually 1-1/4″, but if you measure with the 1 as your zero mark, it is actually 1/4″. But to get back to the point, make sure you mark your Bible 1/8″ from the binding edge. For those of you who can’t read tape measures, start at the 1 and then count the little lines in between the numbers. Count to the 4th line and then stop, marking your bible above the 4th line on the tape. If you get to the line in the picture, you have gone too far, count 4 lines back until you are halfway between the 1 and my mark in the picture.

The reason for not taking more than 1/8″ off is so that you have plenty of room in the margin for the spiral binding holes to be punched. Any more than that and you run the risk of the holes punching through the words on the binding edge! That was the main problem with my first attempt. I’ll show you how I ruined it for good in the next post.

Now, you are ready to take your Bible to be cut. To have the Bible cut, I went to Kinko’s on Bardstown Road. The assistant manager (also named Tony, incidentally) helped me through the entire project. On the way to Kinko’s, stop at Office Depot or Staples or somewhere like that and pick up a couple of reams of acid-free paper. A “ream” of paper is a pack of 500 sheets. Get the lightest paper you can buy as a ream, which is 20 lbs. Brightness doesn’t matter that much. I bought a 3-ream box of 20 lb., 110-brightness paper for $15 at Office Depot. I won’t ever buy those $6 or $7 packs of printer paper again, I’m buying the box from now on, it’s cheaper. Also, if you want your own covers, you will need to get a vinyl cover while you are at Office Depot or wherever. Kinko’s has some, and they are nice, if you want to use theirs.

Once you have your paper and Bible, and have arrived at Kinko’s, have the clerk cut the Bible first. This will allow you to take an accurate measurement of the dimensions of the Bible so that the blank pages can be cut to size. Explain to them that you want 1/8″ cut off of the binding edge, and make sure they know to clamp the Bible down as tightly as they can so that the machine does not stair-step cut the binding, which will result in a ruined Bible for you.

When the clerk brings back your cut Bible, inspect it to make sure the cut is clean, and then measure your “brick.” My successful Bible came out to 8″ x 5-3/4″ (that’s eight inches long by five and three-quarters of an inch wide). Again, if you can’t read rulers or tape measures, have the clerk measure it for you. You are now ready to have the paper cut to size.

I suggest you give the clerk 2 reams of paper minimum. That way you have extra blanks for stuffing or future use. If you use a Bible similar to the one I used in my second attempt, you will actually get 2 exact sized blanks to one sheet of paper and won’t need the extra ream in order to have plenty of extra blanks. But if you have extra blanks cut, you will have plenty of blanks for stuffing the Bible, and you will be able to replace any Bible pages that get ruined in subsequent steps or pulled out of your blank Bible in the future. More on that in the next post.

Once the paper is cut, double-check to make sure it is sized properly. You may have blank pages a little wider than the Bible pages. That’s ok, if you want — I left my blanks slightly wider than my Bible pages. Otherwise have the clerk take off more until the blank fits exactly. I’ll tell you how to deal with slightly wider blanks in the next post.

Do not go ahead and have the holes punched in either the Bible or the blank pages!  This will potentially throw you off completely and result in a ruined Bible, ruined blanks, or both — meaning you’ll have to start over!

I couldn’t give you any pictures of the cutting process for obvious reasons; most businesses won’t allow you to photograph their technology or their work while it is being performed. I decided not to run the risk of being told “no” and left the camera in the bag at this point.

In the next post, I will show you the “stuffing” process; that is, putting the blank pages into the Bible!

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