Yes, I know what your thinking ” WOOOO  HOOOOO!!! those awesome bloggers are back, but where have they been?” Well, things have been crazy busy with work and blah, blah, blah. That’s not what you want to hear, but it’s what your going to get. What you want to hear is another epic write up about something amazing. Well you’re in luck. And here WE GO!

Bootleg Tape around a drill bit. DOES NOT WORK
Bootleg Tape around a drill bit. DOES NOT WORK

In part 1 of this I was up to the part where I was about to drill the holes in order to sew up the binding and my boot leg “electrical tape around the drill bit didn’t work”. So I had to actually buy a bit that fit. I also had to make a better clapping tool.


So my next step was drill the holes with my new clamp device.


After I drilled the holes I sewed the spine using industrial strength white thread, bees wax and a huge upholstery needle.


After the Text Block was sewn. I only had to follow Jason Patz’s amazing instructions. After following his instructions, I completed the book and it looked like this.

NOT TOO BAD for the first Book
NOT TOO BAD for the first Book

It only had two big mistakes 1) Cover barely overlaps text block, 2) holes where drilled too far from the spine, which lead to no margin.


Can't read the words in the crack
Can’t read the words in the crack

So that is the first book repair that I attempted. I’m already in the process of recovering my Vintage King James with a great piece of rawhide leather. Well I hope that you enjoyed this project and if you have any comments I would be excited to hear them. Thanks again and don’t worry you will here from us again.

Summer is fast approaching and that means get outside and enjoy mother nature’s beauty and as always happy adventuring.

DIY Thick book / Bible repair Part 1


Hello everybody, have you ever had a Bible or thick book that had a bad binding or the cover was in need of some SERIOUS repair. Well I recently bought a 1891 Oxford University KJV Holy Bible and wanted to give it a much needed face lift to restore it to its glory days. Since I didn’t want to mess up Oxford I purchased a 1970’s Gideon Bible to be a guinea pig. We got the Gideon and a fake leather purse (aka pleather) from our favorite secondhand joint: the Goodwill Clearance Center. We paid somewhere around $1.50 for the lot.


I quickly made plans (Awesome hand drawn plans pictured above) and got to work on disassembling the Gideon and gathering my supplies.


Here is a list of what I used:

thick book (damaged)

pleather purse

PVA glue



400 grain acid free paper

2 Irwin 6″ C-clamps

2  Keter adjustable clamps

Awesome Keter workbench

18″ homemade ruler

1/8″ bit (modified, but didn’t work)

Wax paper


I did some Inter-web researching and stumbled onto two two great book repair instructions. First is Jason Patz’s his is a great step by step and he has an amazing site and youtube page. The second was an awesome Instructables post from Framistan that is great for repairing (drilling and stitching) the binding, which needs to be done on the Oxford, which will also be done to the Gideon for practice.


I first gutted and skinned the pleather beast and recorded the old cover to use as a template for the new and improved pleather one.


I used 400 grade paper (its kinda thick) and added an inch all the way around for folding later.


I used PVA glue to secure the inside of the cover to the pleather outside. This was the first time I got to use my new Keter workbench (which i will do a review of later). I had some old metal warning signs laying around which i used to press and hold the cover together and let it sit overnight. Also to be noted I used wax paper to keep the glue from sticking to anything else.


While this dried overnight, I got the spine ready for drilling and sewing.


I ended up using different boards than the ones in this picture, but at least you can see my awesome homemade ruler and my epic Dewalt.


You have to make sure that the spine is totally flat before you drill and stitch otherwise the spine will be curved.


This Bible has old glue and an intact stitching so I really didn’t need to drill and restitch the binding, but the Oxford does need to be restitched. This is why I got the Gideon to practice on.


My drill wouldn’t close down on the 1/8 drill bit that I had so I tried to “okie-rig” the bit with electrical tape. Needless to say IT DID NOT WORK.

Well this takes us to the point where I have to leave you and borrow a drill or bit from a guy at work.

Hope that you enjoyed this edition of Hammocks and Hideaways next time I will be drilling and stitching the binding and we will check on the pleather cover.

How did you like this DIY? Have you repaired a book? Be it PVA glue, stitches or duct tape, let us know how it worked.  And as always happy adventuring.