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Letterpress Print Shop – Setting up

Working in the Letterpress Print Shop

So as you know I have been working on getting things rolling in the letterpress print shop. I’m going to keep this short, but I have been busy… well… not that busy… I mean busy… but not too busy…

My first set-up

As you may or may not know I have acquired and have again running a Chandler and Price 10×15 Old Style press. It is in excellent shape and running as far as I can tell really well with no known or visible problems. I am now, after 6 months finally ready to ink up.

Getting closer

Friday, December 18th, 2015. I’m a little behind in my updates so here we go.

The new rails are in place under the press and the press has been located to its final resting spot in the garage. I built a sub floor and placed in front of the press. I wanted a better angle to work from and the sub floor raises me up just enough to comfortable stand at the feed table and work the press.

I have begun the re-oiling process. I have been cleaning out the oil holes and initially squirting in some WD40 to start to get things lubed up. I have not powered the press up yet so I have been slowly rotating the press by hand each time I squirt in the WD40. This has so far made quite a difference. The press is starting to move a lot more freely than it had been, I can spin it up pretty good and it will spin a few times now on its own, it was definitely not doing this prior.

My Press is Home!

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015. Yesterday despite the weather, we were able to successfully move the Chandler and Price 10×15 press from the church where it was found to its new home. I was extremely stressed over the whole ordeal for fear that something would break but it was a whole lot easier to do than I predicted. Everything went better than expected and the press made it home with no problems.