drying rack

I am looking for a paper drying rack. Any one out there in the briar press cosmos that can help I would appreciate it.

Log in to reply   11 replies so far

A next door neighbor of mine had a half dozen of these just a while back that went to the salvage yard when she moved because no one wanted them. If you are a printmaker these would come in handy. But I’ve only seen these in two letterpress shops in my some 36 years at the wheel and, quite frankly, wondered why they were there taking up valuable space.


My drying rack doubled as a type case rack, i just pulled out a case and layed my stuff on it then pull out another one. Dick G.

I bought a storage rack from the hardware store and then placed 2 x 1 in the openings running vertically. When I print large posters I’ll take the wood slates out and lay the posters flat. Works for everything I print.


image: carnival_rack.jpg


for small stuff (notecard sized) i use those wire cd racks you can find at goodwill. i’ve got enough to dry about 350 cards, which is all i really want to do in one day on my treadle operated press. for bigger things, my husband made me a drying rack out of large cookie drying sheets from a restaurant supply store.


Where are you located? I have a rack that I would part with that is 56” tall with 6 shelves 20 X 28 inches about 8 inches apart. It is not old and made of tubular metal with casters. Rolls easily.


I have a boat-load of Showcard drying racks. They are 8” wide by 26” long and sit on a bench top. They are made to hold stock that will stand upright by itself. I’ll post some in the classifieds or e-mail me if you can’t wait.

In this video an ingenious and simple design is employed for drying printed sheets. It hangs from the ceiling and begins to be highlighted in the video at about 2:18…




We used to have something like that at school (and that was a long time ago!).

Someone I know made a drying rack from wooden clothes pegs. A hole was drilled in each of the end bits and was then threaded onto a bit of string with knots in it at intervals. A more DIY version of the rack above.

I’m having a hard time visualizing the wooden clothes peg arrangement exactly, but it sounds interesting. I think I understand it.
The times I’ve felt that I’ve needed a drying rack, I’ve done what Dick G. does….use a type stand by pulling the cases out.

I have several versions of drying racks in my shop at home, but the clothes pin set-up is what I will talk about here.

At the Printers’ Hall museum/shop in Mt. Pleasant I have built a nice system using clothes pins. I use the spring-loaded clamping-type clothes pins. No need to drill any holes because there is a hole through the spring mechanism. I use eye-screws in the walls and string a strong, thin wire between them. I string a lot of clothes pins onto the wire before stretching the wire tight (using a small turnbuckle to adjust tightness).

This works just great to reach up and clip each sheet to a clothespin. The only drawback to this is that the sheets are parallel to the wire, but I have several lines running across the area and have plenty of room.

If one needed a more compact set-up, then the clothes pins would have to be drilled so that they could be closer together with little distance between each of the sheets (which would face each other). The pins would be perpendicular to the wire.

Hope this makes sense.


Or you could just slip sheet the press sheets with clean blank sheets of paper.