Dog chewed boards

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  1. Suggestions on filling the losses of dog-chewed covers. Using new boards is not an option.
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Asked on October 26, 2019 5:38 pm
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Yes indeed. You will use the techniques found in the corner repair course but then you will add in fillers. I should really make a video on this. Can you include a photo? 

Peel back the original covering material. Use paste to get the chewed board maleable again. Split open the layers of the board to do this like in the corner repair course. Get it back into shape as much as possible while it is damp. Keep the dampness away from the coveing material. 

When it is back in shape split open the board and insert a bit of stiff cardboard. Like cereal box board. Archival Bristol board would be awesome but if it isn't handy then cereal box type board will do. Tear the stiff board so there is a long bevel aka skarf edge. Insert that into the dog-chewed board. You can do one or two like this and fill in-between them with blotter paper or other filler material that you can tear and squish into shape. Even cotton balls pulled apart could work. Apply all these materials using a white archival glue. Get all this new filler  into the approximate shape and then let it dry completely while under pressure to make it the same thickness as the board. You can trim the sides to shape after it is dry. Remember to keep the original cover material away from all this mess for now. Folded out of the way or use waxed paper to keep it separate. The moisture tends to destroy the texture and color. 

Use an exacto knife with a straight edge to trim the edges. Then you can cover the exposed part with Japanese tissue colored as needed and then replace the original material with whichever adhesive makes more sense. Typically pva for leather and a mix of paste and pva for cloth.

Any surface shininess can be addressed after that is dry. Rubbing with wax paper or using SC6000. 

I hope this helps until I can make a video course on it. Your book might be a good candidate for that. :)

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    Thank you, Sophia! That should be quite doable.  I actually have 3 dog-chewed books I am doing for a friend.  Needless to say, there is much more work than just the dog-chewed areas.

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