Category: Printing presses

Rubber feet for the Challenge Proof Press

Proof presses are subjected to a lot of sideways forces when used, caused by the carriage hitting its stops at either end of its stroke. These can be reduced by slowing down near the end of the stroke, but there

Posted in Challenge MA15 Proof Press, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin

Putting a back on the Challenge Proof Press

When I got this press earlier this year, I printed off a nice copy of the instructions. Challenge Machinery still exists, and their web site is quite useful in that they seem to be trying their best to have manuals

Posted in Challenge MA15 Proof Press, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin

Last week’s time suck

Last week was March Break, and Audrey and Lily flew to Calgary to visit Granny. I took the opportunity to do a few home improvement projects (replacing a bathroom sink, putting up a knife holder in the kitchen, and installing

Posted in C&P Old Style 7×11, Grimsby Wayzgoose, Kevin, Printing, Type Casting, Type Setting

A New (to us) Press

Last Friday we picked up our newest press, a Challenge MA15 Proof Press S/N 5338. This model was a copy of the popular Vandercook SP15 press, which Challenge eventually had to stop selling because of issues of patent infringement. We

Posted in Challenge MA15 Proof Press, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance

Cleaning the Thompson Ink Fountain Completed

After getting all the parts cleaned on the ink fountain for my Thompson press, I painted the cover and the main casting. I was going to use semi-gloss black, but the flat black I tried seemed to have enough of

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Thompson British Platen Press

Cleaning the Thompson ink fountain (Part 2)

After spending a few hours across several evenings, I have the ink fountain from our Thompson press cleaned off and fully disassembled. It took several treatments with the paint stripper to get everything clean. There was no way to distinguish

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Thompson British Platen Press

Thompson Press in motion

This post is a bit of a cheat; I currently can’t upload still photos (WordPress is not generating the reduced-size versions of the images), so I’m basing today’s post on a video. After getting my Thompson press in January, we

Posted in Kevin, Printing, Thompson British Platen Press

Cleaning the Thompson ink fountain

Most of the dirt on our Thompson platen press is a mix of dust, lint, and oil which can be removed with a soft brush and a vacuum cleaner. However, the ink fountain suffers from years of encrustation of dried

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Thompson British Platen Press

The big monster printing press

This press is our latest acquisition. It actually came from what are now the premises of KwartzLab, the former home of Pandora Press. This machine is a Thompson-British Automatic Platen Press, weighing in at about 1525kg (3360lbs). It fills the

Posted in Printing, Thompson British Platen Press

Our workhorse printing press

The press we do most of our work with is a Chandler and Price 7×11 Old Style. This is a hand-fed treadle-driven letterpress. When we got the press it was set up for motor drive, had an ink fountain, but

Posted in C&P Old Style 7×11, Printing

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