Month: April 2015

18 Point Mould in Pieces Again

With my test casting using the American display mould set up for 18 points I found that the feet of the type were wider (pointwise) than the heads of the type. This was probably due to dirt being caught between

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Yesterday’s dumb move

In my last post I mentioned problems with flash and squirts around the seal between the matrix and the display mould. I have since added a comment alluding to the probable cause of this problem: Forgetting to reinstall the link

Posted in Font Casting, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Making a US Display Mould Spacer—Finishing and Testing

I became so involved in finishing the 18 point display mould spacer that I never took any pictures of the process. Using a flat file, three diamond sharpening “stones” and a wood block coated with polishing compound, I finished the

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Making a US Display Mould Spacer—Roughing

I’ve started making an 18-point spacer for one of my US Monotype display moulds per the drawing in my last post. The material I started with was ⅜×¾″ hot-rolled steel because I had a piece handy. The bar was about

Posted in Composition Caster, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster