Spider chase?

I’ve recently become aware of the spider chase* and tracked down some images of them in a book. It’s a really neat idea.

How common were these? Are they worth having?

A lot of our work in the fall is smaller things like calling cards (on an 8x12 or 10x15) so they’d be easier to handle and use less furniture.

If they would be useful, I’d consider making a pattern and casting a few (iron; I have access to a small foundry). Or maybe fabricating some from bar stock.


*it’s a chase with a smaller-than-press-bed-sized frame and “legs” going out to the corners

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if you’re going to go thru the effort to actually cast more chases, i think just doing a full sized open chase would be more useful.
I use scrap die board from die-cutting die maker to cut larger furniture pieces, thus, fewer furniture pieces used that way instead.
i have welded, then machined flat, and square, more chases out of bar stock. cheaper than new ones. i even had die-cut die maker, make me 2 chases out of die-board itself. very light-weight and usable.

If you have a need I have one of these chases in stock that I’d be willing to sell. The internal dimensions of the chase are 4” x 6”. If I include the wings in the measurements they stretch out about 13”. From highest point of wing to lowest point of bottom extension is about 10”. Call me for more pics or further details.
Larry Lionetti 516-633-5107

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Also known as a card chase intended for printing small card size jobs. Some press manufacturers offered more than one card chase, each had a different size lock up area. Sold as as an extra to the usual rectangular chase. No point in wasting time making one, just lock up a small chase as an inner chase in the middle of a normal size one for your press Some pics here https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157634367524425