After much searching I have finally found three different books from which to make a three way duplicate book! Same dimensions, roughly the same page count, no titles or runners on the top of the pages. Even the text and subject matters are somewhat interchangeable.
Now for the hard part. Taking the darn things apart and gluing together the gaffed versions.
I realize it might seem (and probably IS obvious) how to proceed with X-Acto knife in hand, but I'm wondering if anybody out there has any tips for safely separating pages from covers, keeping the pages in a nice riffle-able "packet", re-gluing, etc. I'm worried that the duplicates will somehow look suspicious next to the real book. Or that I'll end up with rubber cement all over everything, or that rubber cement isn't even the best thing to use!
Tips of any kind on this topic are much appreciated, including handling or routining ideas or recommendations. For instance, does anyone have an opinion about keeping or NOT keeping the title page(s)in the duplicates? Or is there a clever way keep the correct title page in each book and have it still "merge" with the rest of the gaff pages.