How to protect hardwood floor under C&P 8x12

I just bought the C&P OS 8x12 from Staten Island listed in the classifieds and I will be putting it in a room with hardwood floors. What should I put under the press to protect the floor? I have another 8x12 in my basement studio, but it’s on concrete, so I never had to deal with this kind of floor protection. Any advice is much appreciated. Thanks!

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I use 1/4” cork under a wood pad.

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Yes its bolted to the floor but you can add the undrt a 1x6 rail to protect the floor and it helps absorb the press movement.

Thanks for the tip! I was wondering if I should put a whole wood plank or something like that beneath it. It’s already on some wood rails, but they’re old and beat up, so I’m going to cut and stain some new ones. I’ll look into adding the cork onto the bottoms before attaching them. I’ll definitely have to put something down to catch the oil that will inevitably drip, though. Maybe I can make due with some interlocking foam cut to fit the space.

You may go to your local hvac or sheet-metal person and have them build a custom pan to put on the floor and sit your press onto that. They could put a 3/8” ridge around it to give strength and contain any loose oil? I would omit the X in the center of the sheet. Just lay it down and add the press. all that said, you may want something between the sheet metal and the floor for the floor protection.

Thanks! I found one post (the only one I could find anywhere that had anything to do with this) on Ladies of Letterpress that recommended something along those lines. I’ll look around for someone in the area that can cut something like that.

I was also thinking of just putting a hard rubber or cork mat beneath a plywood (or similar) board. Or maybe build some kind of platform with a few 2x10s. Do you think that would work?

I just wanted to follow up on this. I ended up using two 2’ x 4’ 3/4” sanded plywood boards (to make a 4’ x 4’ area) on top of four 2’ interlocking foam tiles from Costco. I routed the edges of the plywood so they’re round, and then stained it a nice black cherry. The press was put on it this morning and looks great (though it’s not fully reassembled yet).

Howdy Moe, please post a picture if possible.

Tony