I originally wanted a GF to help with bookbinding, primarily in cutting book board. Not only have I not figured out the right settings for that, I’ve done almost no bookbinding at all! But last week while at a class I realized that I wanted a stitching cradle for some projects I’m partway through… and she had a laser-cut cradle. Duh. ** The purpose of the cradle is to hold signatures in place for punching holes for stitching.
I attempted to do this in Fusion 360 and didn’t have the skills (yet) or patience to pull it off, so I just did it in AD. By some miracle, it all fit together on the first try. I used 3mm Baltic Birch and it’s a snug fit once assembled. It should come apart for flat storage, but it’s meant to be fairly sturdy. I do think it would be better in 6mm, but that’s a project for another day. Maybe with some decorative elements added…
** I would suggest that, once assembled, you glue a piece of bookcloth (or other sturdy fabric) over the gap at the bottom. This has the dual purpose of stabilizing the boards when punching and keeping smaller signatures from slipping through the crack.
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This zip has the PDF (for easy cutting), the AD, and the SVG files. The SVG export from AD wasn’t working well for me, so double check before cutting: book cradle.zip (29.8 KB)