Book Board Cutting

Custom board cutting is done mostly on an electric guillotine cutter. The parents sheets are 26" x 38" (Standard Board) or 30" x 40" (Davey Board). 

Because of the consistency in thickness and dimensions of our board, cutting charges are standard and based primarily on the number of parent sheets required to fulfill the cutting request. Please see below for how we estimate our board cutting charges.

We must back-cut all board pieces (essentially we cut each side twice) to assure the boards are cut square. Although we attempt to be very accurate, to at least 1/32", because measurements are calibrated by using a hand operated gauge, there may be a slight variance of up to 1/32”.  For this reason it is suggested that you do not use our board cutting service for cutting pieces that require a precise measurement of up to 1/16".  

A standard set-up charge of $10 applies to all board-cutting services, however, this fee is waived on  orders over $50.

The minimum charge for board cutting services is $20.   To get the most out of our services, we encourage you to consider placing orders that will maximize at least one full sheet of book board. Many people who use our services are doing a series of books or are teaching classes.

Our custom cutting quotes do not include shipping. Those charges are determined separately by weight and zip code. Cutting Services are generally not eligible for UPS Expedited Shipping. Please contact us if this is a requirement and we will try to meet your needs, however you should plan on about one week of turnaround time from when we receive the order.

Determining Cutting Charges.

1. Determine the size of the piece you want us to cut and round up by 1/2” or to the nearest 1/2" for each dimensions. For example 5 3/8" x 7" becomes 6" x 7 1/2". The extra 1/2" is allowed so that we can back-cut each piece on the guillotine, which assures each piece is square.

Please Note: The measurement you submit should be the EXACT measurement you want us to cut.  DO NOT use a rounded up measurement when you submit your measurements for a quote.

2. Determine the grain direction of the board to be cut. It will run either long or short. Most often the grain runs long. If you are doing a book that is vertical, the grain run should the same direction as the spine and is the longer direction. If the book is horizontal, such as a guest book or a landscape oriented photo album, the grain direction of the spine will run long, however, the cover boards will often run short. (In our example, we will say that the 7" length is grain long.)

3. The size of the parent sheet of .090 Standard Book Board that we will cut your order from is 26" x 38" with grain running long or along the 38" length. Our Davey Board is 30" x 40", also with grain running long. 

4.  To calculate how many pieces can be obtained from a full sheet, divide (using our example measurement)  the short direction (6") into the 26" width. This will equal 4. Next, divide the long direction (7 1/2") length into 38" length. This will equal 5. This means we can get 20 pieces out of a single parent sheet. (4 x 5) = 20.

5. Cutting either small pieces (generally under 3 or 4" )and/or many different sizes can add to the cost of cutting.

6. Cutting set up charge of $10 is waived on all cutting orders over $50.

7. The following are the costs per sheet for the various types of board we use: 

.060 Standard Board:
      - $8 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $7.50 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets 

 .090 Standard Book Board: 
      - $9 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $8.50 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets  

.080 Standard Black Board:  

      - $9.50 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $9 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets  

.030 Conservation Board:   

      - $9 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $8.50 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets  

.060 Conservation Board:   
      - $16 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $15 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets    

.080 Davey Board:
      - $13 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets
      - $12 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets  

.098 Davey Board:
      - $15 per sheet for up to the use of 10 parent sheets  
      - $14 per sheet for over 10 parent sheets 

Additional Small Pieces Fees. After calculating the number of pieces we can cut from the parent sheet, there is an additional charge (to the entire order) for the following quantities that are determined per sheet: 

20 to 29 - $10; 30 to 39 - $20; 40 to 49 - $30; 50 to 59 - $40; 60 to 69 - $50; 70 to 79 - $60; Over 80 - TBD

In addition, we may contact you regarding limitations on what is feasible for us to cut, including box pieces, pieces that are too small for our cutter, or other unusual requests.  

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