The Small Press is FINISHED!

Well boys and girls…. the small press is done, and has successfully printed it’s first real job: the first color of a QSL card. With the grippers, it holds register quite nicely.

Below are a few pics showing the completed gripper assembly, and the press set up for the run. Looking at them, I can see a few flaws in the design and workmanship… but hey, it’s a press not a priceless work of art. ( I am going to polish a few of the parts better, though…. if I ever get around to it!)

Like always, I’ve already started designing an “improved version”. Perfection in home-built printing presses is a very elusive thing. ;)

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Its BEAUTIFUL! Well done!

One question, and this is not a criticism since you have done a fantastic job: is there a side guide to go along with the grippers?

Miniature Vandercook? Actually it looks great and most things worth while are elusive.

(One would assume with such a small space, it could be just as functional to quoin-adjust the form for side movement as work with a paper side guide. Just my impression.)

All…. thanks for the good words. I like the “miniature vandercook” idea…. maybe I’ll call it the VanderBaby or something like that.

About the Side Guide: not a bad idea. It would be simple to make. For the QSL Card, I used the old “Winking Cat Press Standard Method” for side to side registration: a Sharpie Marker line on the gripper bar. For a small piece of card stock, it did just fine.

Looks great. Are you still thinking about selling these,or plans for these? Did you come up with either a parts list or a price?

Nicely done!

Steve…. I did calculate the cost to produce, and it appears that they could easily be sold in the $500 range and make a nice profit. However, it doesn’t look like there is enough interest to justify producing them.

Material costs are ~$100 if you make the eccentrics yourself, and ~$200 if you buy Chinese-made eccentrics.

I sill may draw up a set of plans, but since the press requires a lathe and milling machine to build, it falls outside the realm of most home-made press builders.

Billy - thanks for the thumbs up! When are we going to see your next press build?