Saturday, September 05, 2009

my stapler

Since there were questions about it:

Long Reach (20 sheet capacity, standard staples) stapler by Sparco

I don't have a bunch of experience with these things, but I'm pretty sure this particular model is only 12 bucks for a reason. It feels cheaply made in my hand and the rubber feet slide off pretty easily. Still, I've had a lot of fun with it.


  1. Hm. I've been stapling together my booklets with a standard stapler that has a base that opens really wide. I put a couple of staples into the crease of the booklet using on old rubber mat (okay, an old keyboard mat) to catch the staples and then I bend them by hand with a knife.

    Getting a big stapler is probably faster. Still, I'm a cheapskate...

    (What I really want to do is find some time to do some real hardcover bindings on my books as discussed over on this thread on Dragonsfoot. I saw some folks at Origins who had bound their own copies of Swords and Wizardry and they just looked sweet.)

  2. I use a Bostitch long arm Stapler that I, too, got from Staples. It's a great stapler that has seen me through Scrollworks, Iridia and many zines in between.

    Staples even sells "premium staples" that do a great job of punching through multiple sheets of paper.


  3. I've got the Swingline 12" stapler from Staples... though it only came in black, not red, I'm sorry to say...

  4. Anonymous1:24 PM

    And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

  5. Jeff, what do you use for imposition?


  6. I've been longing for one of those long staplers since they're perfect for stapling together mini-comics...

  7. Bill: I print as booklet in Adobe to a PDF file.

  8. When I was putting together my OD&D booklets, I found the 3 core books easy to staple with a normal stapler (held down on a styrofoam sheet), but as I got to the supplements, the pages got to thick to staple through. I risked damaging the booklets when the staples bend and shred out. I found that a small hand-held (hobby) drill with the thinnest drill bit make a nice clean hole (I pull out a single staple to gauge the spot to drill out the next hole), so I can place the staples in manually.

    Another tool that is good to get when making booklets, is a guillotine paper cutter/trimmer board - to bad they can be rather expensive.

  9. Not that I've had to do much of this (a grand total of 2 printouts of Encounter Critical), but when I do, I have the big advantage that my mother founded the local neighbourhood house, and basically runs the office there. I can use their guillotine and long-reach stapler any time I like.

  10. CrusssDaddy4:43 PM

    looks like Tenser's Wand of Binding...