This Is Not A Published Edition! You Won’t Believe This Book Is The Result Of DIY. It’s Gorgeous!

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A redditor narcoleptic_insomnia, said she’s always wanted a copy of the Dao De Jing with the Chinese text and translation of each character. And instead of finding or buying such a book, she decided to make one herself!
This is so awesome, and the final product looks stunning! The fact that it’s Dao De Jing makes it even better. The whole book looks like artwork. Good job!
Scroll down for some details! 🙂

1. Editing the book.

Even though the majority of the book was copy-and-pasted this was probably the most time consuming part of the process.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

2. The layout of the text was done.

And printed it on 24 lbs.ivory parchment paper. She used plain white computer paper on her first (and only other) bookbinding attempt and it works great, but the parchment definitely has a nicer look and feel.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

3. Then fold all of the pages into signatures.

She chose to use five page signatures.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

4. The next step is to stitch them all together.

These marks will guide you in the stitching process.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

5. Poking holes in all the signatures…

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

6. Sewing together the signatures

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

7. All of the signatures are stitched together!

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

8. The way the stitching looks are enjoyable

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

9. The next step is to add a few coats of glue to the spine of the textblock.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

10. This is what it looks like after the glue has dried.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

11. Aside from the finished product, the book may looks the best in this point in the process.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

12. The top of the textblock isn’t very flush because she trimmed down the pages a little before folding them into signatures.

It won’t be perfect but we can fix it a little with some sandpaper.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

13. The side of the textblock looks like this because of the way the signatures are put together.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

14. The side looks a little more even after a bit of sanding.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

15. The top looks much better now.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

16. the bottom of the textblock was sanded a little, too.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

17. She cannibalized an old math textbook.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

18. Here are all of the parts that needed from the old book.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

19. Trimming down the cover to the proper size.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

20. Need to add the cover pages and add the decorative tabs.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

21. The next step is to finish the case binding.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

22. For the cover she used some scrap fabric together with Heatnbond and some tissue paper to make book cloth.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

23. The book cloth is finished!

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing


24. Here is a close up of the pattern on the fabric.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

25. Then trim the book cloth and mark where exactly the casing will sit.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

26. The hard casing is finished once the casing is glued into place.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

27. Here is a close up on one of the corners.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

28. With the hard casing finished the only thing left to do is glue in the textblock.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

29. The last step is to glue the textblock into position and let it dry.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

30.It’s now officially a book!

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

31. A view of the top.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

32. The inside front cover.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

33. The title page.

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

34. Gorgeous!

A redditor made a book, Dao De Jing

Source: Reddit

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