Bookbinding plough



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Description Wooden plough. Two pieces of wood joined together by central wooden screw. Plough has metal groove in which the blade would sit.

Accession Number: SH.2009.357

The plough is used for trimming the edges of books. The guillotine has largely superseded this method on account of the greater output, speed and accuracy of the cut. It only used for fine bindings, or for amateur use where the trade is treated as a handicraft, it is still employed.

The plough is used in a press and they are both usually put on a stand. The plough consists of two uprights connected by a wooden screw. The whole is capable of moving backwards and forwards along two slides, which are attached to the press. The right-hand portions are also capable of small incremental motions to the left, by slowly turning the handle of the screw. The plough knife is fixed to the base by means of a bolt, whereby it can be removed easily for sharpening or regrinding. When the knife is properly adjusted the knife should travel level with top of the press.

Edinburgh City of Print is a joint project between City of Edinburgh Museums and the Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE). The project aims to catalogue and make accessible the wealth of printing collections held by City of Edinburgh Museums. For more information about the project please visit www.edinburghcityofprint.org
Date 13 August 2009(2009-08-13), 09:10
Source The Plough
Author Edinburgh City of Print


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