This top quality punching cradle and pricking jig makes the perfect tool for punching (sometimes referred to as pricking) the book pages (also called signatures).
The perfect size for most projects this jig can accept folded A3 sheets to make up to A4 size books.
A great tool to make sure all the holes on each section of pages / signature align perfectly. When sewing the signatures into a text block the holes will line up perfectly.
Optional End Stop and Awl
Now with an optional end stop. In response to customers requests we have added an optional adjustable end stop. The stop simply screws in place with a couple of screws. With a sliding distance of 15mm, this matches the pitch or gap in the pricking jig, so the holes you make are fully adjustable from 0 to 15mm from the edge of the signature.
The main advantage of this end stop is accurate repeatability where the holes on your signature are so they should line up perfectly.
We also make an Awl in conjunction with a local talented wood turner. This is an optional item in the drop down box. More details can be found here.
Easy to use
This tool is very easy to use. Simply place your folded paper sheets into the jig. place the pricking jig on top and hold firm.
The pricking jig will hold the paper firm ready for you to punch. Simply choose the holes that match your book size and punch the holes using an awl.
Each subsequent signature of paper will need to be placed in the jig in the same position. All your holes will line up perfectly.
These punching cradles and pricking jigs are made from birch plywood throughout. After a lot of experimentation we have found this to be far superior to MDF as used in poor quality jigs.
Supplied to you ready to use no assembly required. Simply unpack and start making books.
Our computer controlled machinery does the manufacturing. We then sand smooth and hand finish with two coats of sprayed top quality varnish.
The result is a lovely finish. Designed and made to give years of service. A tool to feel justifiably proud of.
Ideal Sized Punching Cradle and Pricking Jig
Perfectly sized to accommodate all your projects up to A4 ( folded A3) sized books.
Approximate size: 330mm (13 inch) long x 230mm (9 inch) wide x 105mm (4 inch) tall. Each punching hole is 15mm apart total spacing is 270mm (10 and 5/8 inch).
End stop mounting info
If you are one of our customers who have already bought one of our pricking jigs you can purchase an end stop only. Follow this link for separate listing.
Your jig will not have the slots that are now on the sides of this version. However we have made a downloadable template for you. This template is simply printed full size folded in half and placed in the jig as you would a signature. Then simply drill two holes in the marked locations.
Here is the link to the template.
Made in Britain
All made by us here in Britain with the very latest machinery and hand finished by skilled craftspeople.