—Karen Zukor, a conservationist, on Adhesives
—Hedi Kyle, with a trove of book structures and boxes, Preservation Enclosures & Architectural Book Environments
In Hedi Kyle's handout I found a reference to creating "tongues" when covering a box. A student in my studio years ago attempted to show me these, at the time calling them "legs," but I was teaching a different technique. Tongues or legs, whatever they are called, they are a good alternative to what I have been doing and teaching. A small detail, but they can make wrapping a box a little easier, eliminating the bunched-up material that can form inside the box if you don't make a series of strategic cuts. Here's what it looks like in photo form. Complete, detailed instructions (minus the legs) can be found on pages 226-228 in Making Handmade Books.
Wrap the sides, as usual.
Cut triangles at the corners at the base.
Glue down the flaps/turn ins.
At the corners, using a knife against a ruler,
cut two slits (tongues/legs), one on either side of the corner.
This will allow the large flaps to fit perfectly inside.
Glue down the tongues/legs at all four corners.
Apply glue to the flaps, one at a time,
and smooth down with a bone folder,
first making sure the top edge is flat.
I cut my book cloth extra wide, but you may need a rectangle
of book cloth to cover any exposed board inside.
I also glued a rectangle of black book cloth on the underside.