The DIY book binding process can be a fun project for kids and adults alike, but having the proper tools for the job will make the project a lot simpler, easier, and more fun. It is best to assemble the tools necessary for the DIY book binding process before getting started to ensure the process can be completed from start to finish with no interruptions. It is also possible to buy jigs for bookbinding, but if the person doing the project has some carpentry skills, he or she can make a jig from scratch using scrap wood and some hardware.
The jig is an important tool for DIY book binding because it will clamp the pages in place for gluing and will prevent shifting of pages and the cover as the glue sets. The size of the jig will ultimately depend on the size of the book being bound, so it is best to consider this before starting the project. If the person doing the binding will be making several books, the jig will help him or her maintain uniformity during the DIY book binding process, thereby ensuring all books look and feel the same.
Make sure to choose the proper materials for the DIY book binding process. The glue used to secure the pages to the cover should be a flexible glue that will not crack when the pages are turned; the cover of the book should be a thick paper or board that will help protect the internal pages from damage. Linen paper or other thick papers make attractive covers; it is possible to buy papers specifically designed for book binding as well. Such paper will generally cost more, but they will help make the book look its best and will help preserve the finished book for the long term.
Clear out an adequate work space for the DIY book binding project and make sure this work surface is well lit, dry, and protected from moisture and other potentially damaging materials. This will help reduce the risk of damage to the book as it is being bound. As the glue dries on the binding of the book, it will be necessary to leave the jig-bound book in a place where people will not accidentally strike it, spill things on it, or otherwise disturb it, so think carefully about the workspace ahead of time to ensure the project will go smoothly and unmolested.