‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’ Delayed at Bindery

ADB_mockup_loOur printer informed us this morning that “The Anarchist’s Design Book” has been delayed (again) at the Michigan bindery. The book was supposed to ship last week. Now it looks like the first 1,000 copies will ship to our warehouse on March 8 and the remainder will ship about March 11.

The delay is a result of us staining the edges of the book’s pages black. To do this, we had to send the books to a bindery we’ve not used before. Our usual bindery is reliable….

What does this mean?

First off, we’re sorry for the delay.

We plan to have books for sale and for pickup at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event and the book-release party on March 11-12 (even if we have to drive to the bindery with a truck). On March 15 (the first day I can get to our Indianapolis warehouse), I’ll personally sign the first 1,000 copies and then our warehouse will mail out all the pre-publication orders.

Apologies again for the delay. I hope you find the book was worth the wait.

— Christopher Schwarz

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19 Responses to ‘The Anarchist’s Design Book’ Delayed at Bindery

  1. diondubbeld says:

    I already have my digital copy so I’m good! No worries, crap happens!

  2. I’m sure it’s well worth the wait. Thanks so much for all that you do!

  3. lblack2x4 says:

    Any update on the prints from the plates?

  4. jpassacantando says:

    Come on Chris, tell us the real story: someone threw a sabot into the printing press!

  5. Sorry for the delay. One of things I enjoy about LAP is reading about these issues. No, not schadenfreude, but because I’ve spent the past 20 years in the printing industry (consumer packaging) and I appreciate the detail y’all disclose in something some people take for granted.

    I also display the results, proudly, to anyone that will listen.

    Now that I’ve said something I think is nice, I ask for a basic post of how you’re cutting and attaching that trim – especially coping those inside corners on the ceiling. Mrs. and I are closing on a old house soon, and I’ll be spending the summer doing the same…

    • Looks like I’ll arrive just perfect (for the book launch). Be sure to speak up if you need a hand with anything during the week, although not until the 10th/11th. Would be my pleasure.

      • Sorry… This was supposed to be a general post, and not an answer to you Stephen. Although I’d also be happy to lend you a hand if at the right place at the right time.

    • For a room with right angles it is quite simple. Almost. If you only have 4 sides. then start on the short wall(s). if you have outside corners – start with those. Make them fit, and cut square to length to butt up against the wall at the other end. It is easiest to trace around the room, both in terms of moving ladder/scaffolding, and also because you only cope one end at a time. when it fits – cut to length.

      It needs to be strong a sixteenth or so, to keep pressure on the face of the opposite trim piece, to keep the joint from opening up, when regular and seasonal shrinkage sets in. on a right angled (or close to) corner, it is not too difficult. Start by cutting your piece at a 45° angle, and then you have the exact profile to cut, provided the 2 pieces match.

      Run the edge of a pencil on the face of the board exactly on the cut. this will highlight where you need to end, and if you might have gone too far. now remove all material from the line towards the back of the board to where it is at the most at a right angle to the face. usually it makes things easier to fit, if you go slightly further on the back. only a tad.

      All of this is done in combination of all of your favorite tools. saws, files, rasps, chisels angle grinder and what not. just make sure that pencil line on the end of the face is dead on. You can choose to leave a piece mitered at the bottom for appearances, but do not take it up too far, as it will create a gap. If not sooner, then for sure later. Cut to length – as earlier mentioned – a bit strong. Now the coping will wedge itself into the face of the opposite board, and follow the shrinkage.

      The reason for coping the long boards rather than the short, is that they are easier to get in, even though they are a bit long, and also they will not warp visibly upon swelling in moist seasons.

      If you use very wide material that curves across the face, then the 45° mitrecut you start out with, might only give you an indication of where you are going. You will then have to trace the face of the opposite board on to your cope either using a piece of paper, a needle profile gauge or something similar. either that, or fit as you go, as long as you have enough room and length to keep going down the board. It can be tricky if you need to fit it on a wall with an inside corner on each end, which obviously happens quite often. Only practice, patience and experience will help here.

  6. Jim Maher says:


    Been waiting what seems like years for “Furniture of Necessity” and I thought it was almost here.

    I sure do hope the new bindery doesn’t have quality problems to match their scheduling difficulties.

    And I would prefer that those of us who “pre-ordered” get the first copies.

  7. daveinohio says:

    That’s what happens when your bindery is in That State Up North.

  8. Kevin Schroeder says:

    …no problem – Always worth the wait!

  9. Chris and John,
    It is worth the wait, Id rather have it done right versus on a schedule. I understand that you need some for the open house… wish I could be there but making Maple Syrup comes first, so if mine is delayed for the greater good, Im ok with that too.

  10. Y’all do enough to make things right. I just glad we have someone who gives a $#!♤. Thanks

  11. AdamO says:

    So, I am just curious if those books got sent out yet?I noticed it was the 8th. I’m not in any big hurry anyways, I am in PNG. Just hoping it will possibly be waiting for me when I get home!

    • The books left the factory on Tuesday and are in transit to the warehouse. They should go out next week – I’ll post an update as soon as we get some confirmation from the trucking company.

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