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The Blank Bible Chronicles, Part 3

Last time, I discussed the cutting process. To recap, take your de-covered Bible and a couple of reams of acid-free paper to Kinko’s. Have them cut 1/8″ (one-eighth of an inch) off of the binding edge of your Bible. This removes all the remaining glue. Measure your cut Bible and have them cut blank pages from your clean paper to the exact size of your Bible pages. You might have those blanks come back a little bit wider than your Bible pages; I will leave it up to you if you want to leave the pages wider or if you want to send them back to have more taken off until it is exact. I promised to tell you how to deal with wider pages in this post.

Okay, you have your cut Bible and blanks. Now you are ready to stuff your Bible with blanks. As a reminder, I use The Tony Reinke Method all throughout this project. If you haven’t read his instructions yet, go read them a couple of times and then come back here.

How to Stuff Your Blank Bible
What you want to do is set yourself up with an “assembly line” so as to make stuffing easy. I used Tony’s setup, which should look like this:

What  your stuffing stacks should look like.

As you can see, on the far right is the cut Bible. At the top is the stack of blank pages. In the middle is the stack with blanks “stuffed” between the Bible pages. On the far left is a “neat” stack of stuffed pages. The procedure is pretty simple. First lay down a blank page at the bottom of your stack. Then take a Bible page and flip it over onto the blank. That’s right, flip it onto the blank as if you were turning the pages of your Bible:

Flip a page of text...

Then you will take another blank from your stack and place it on top of the Bible page:

...grab a blank......and lay the blank on top.

Yes, it really is that easy. A couple of points I’d like to make that I noticed when I got to the binding part:

  • When you come to the end of a book of the Bible, pay attention to where the next book starts.
  • If the next book of the Bible starts on the back of the page you’ve just flipped, put one blank on top.
  • If the next book of the Bible starts on the next page after the one you’ve just flipped, put two blanks on top.

Doing it this way will make the binding part a little easier, because you will need to divide the stuffed Bible into volumes, and it is easier to separate it at a natural division; that is, you will want to separate your volumes with a blank and the first page of a Bible book as the first two pages of a volume. You will need a clean break between books of the Bible. To understand what I mean, open a Bible you have near you. The first page of the book of Genesis is on the right-hand side. Now look at the stuffing stack picture above. You see where Deuteronomy is? It is on the left-hand side of the Bible. If you were to flip that page over, you would find the end of the book of Numbers. Obviously, you can’t end a volume like that; the volume would have to begin with a clean break between books. So every time you have a clean break between books, put two blank pages. Otherwise you will have to get extra blanks, punch holes in them, and insert them at the proper place. And that will just waste time on your part.

As you stuff, every few pages you will need to transfer your middle stack to a “neat” stack on the far left (see the stuffing stacks picture). The binding edge of your Bible pages should be on the right in both the middle stack and the far left stack. Take your middle stack after about 15 or so pages and tap the edges against the table several times to straighten up the stack and bring the pages together flush. This will ensure that the holes are punched evenly and correctly. I’ll get a picture for you after I wake up this afternoon.

This is also where you can take care of blanks that are a little wider. The problem is that if you tap the edges on the table normally, the binding edge of the Bible pages will not align flush with the edge of the blanks. If you look at your handful of pages from the top or bottom edge, you will see this easily. I found a quick fix for that. You will still tap the edges on the table. However, you will not hold on to the pages closely as you normally would, but allow them to drop onto the table under their own weight between your fingers. You could even add a little downward force as they drop to give a little extra “oomph.” This will force the Bible pages down until they are flush with your blanks. If you look at the edge again you will see that they are flush at the binding edge.

As you transfer from your middle stack to your “neat” stack, make sure that you leave the pages as they were in the middle stack, that is, flipped over. Do NOT flip them back up as if they were back in your far right pile! This will ruin your stack completely and you will have to sort through the stack to put your pages in the proper order. Remember, the binding edge in your far left pile should be on the right.

Continue doing this all the way through until you are done. My wife assisted by doing the New Testament and then the Psalms through the Minor Prophets.

My wonderful wife assisting by blanking the New Testament.

Once you are done, praise Jesus a few times and breathe a big sigh of relief. Shake off the cramps too!

Praise Jesus, that's over!Excellent!

You will be left with a nice stack nearly 4 1/2″ high; I think mine was 4 1/4″. Dang.

A 4 1/2" high stack.  Dang.
See it LARGE

If you’ve made it this far, breathe easy — the end is in sight! Make sure that any covers you want have also been cut by this point. All that is left is to have the holes punched and then to spiral bind your blank Bible. That will be addressed in the next episode of The Blank Bible Chronicles!

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