So Steve made me a book press (he's teaching me woodworking so I can make my own stuff :) ).
I needed one so I could make pocket journals in the perfect bound method (how paperbacks are made).
Drew up a quick drawing, because I can't describe anything in person :D.
Here is what Steve came up with!
Looks good, doesn't it? Instead of using nails or screws to hold it together, he glued the straightening rails. Only hardware needed was 2 carriage bolts and 2 wing nuts for the pressing part.
I've had this book press for a few weeks now, and looking around yesterday i found one kind of similar to one here:
http://www.diybookbinding.com/diy-book-binding-equipment-binding-jig-for-perfect-bound-books/ well, that's pretty similar! There's a full tutorial on how to use it there too.
And here's the finished product!
This one's mine, the first one of any of the journals always is. I'll be making more later.