Printing for one

I’m looking for an off-the-shelf solution to print inside 3.5 x 5 inch cards for one and done thank you notes of three to four sentences.

I have horrible handwriting and don’t like typewriters, but want something that feels homemade and makes an impression. I may graduate to photopolymer plates on 5x7 paper.

I currently use a product called RIBtype and enjoy setting type, but don’t enjoy the rubber characters.

Is a book press my best option? Without a chase, how do I keep everything together? I’m not handy. I would hope to keep it under $150.

Thank you.

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A “book press” is not the right tool for printing, and the reasons are too many to list here. Ideally, you might want a small sign press with a gripper, but like all small presses, they are kind of costly and can be hard to find. If you can find a local private press, they might agree to teach you how to use a small floor platen, and possibly rent time on one of theirs. There is no easy answer to this.

I feel better about not easily finding an answer to this. Thank you.

You might look at . He makes a couple of small wooden presses.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

I had seen his video on the hydraulic jack press. I didn’t know about the other products. To my unexperienced eyes, it may work for what I need.

Anything I should avoid or any best practices if I go the book press route?


Sounds like you’re up for some do it yourself fun. Why not look up a local Briarpress member and see if they will teach you to print on their own press. You never know at some point you might actually want to get involved and buy a real press. Let us all know where you are located and maybe someone will chime in.

This is how it begins huh? You all are sneaky. I’m not handy and I can’t afford the space or cash to turn this into a thing.

This group has been an amazing resource though. I see local classes and am reluctant because I have so many questions and I know I can’t dominate a group with my off-topic questions when a bunch people are trying to make Valentine’s Day cards or something.

Rib Tip, where are you located? You may find someone nearby who’s OK with one-on-one practice.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Rib Tip- your local library probably has books about linoleum block printing. Many of those books have directions for building a printing setup that might fit your needs. Also you might attend a Waysgoose or other letterpress event. You can learn lots at those events.