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arptiger
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9050616

Here is the old letter press I got back in working order. Every one needs a hobby .I play with it in my spare thime. I make wooden post cards and print different things on them. They are the same size as a regular postcard and can be sent in the mail.
arptiger
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2012
5:30 PM

Post #9050629

Well I guess the pic didn't take. lets try again

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2012
6:31 PM

Post #9050712

That looks really great. Why is the flywheel required to be so large?

I have a book press. and I make handmade books, mostly with Japanese sewn bindings rather than in "books" but I'm still a beginner... and age 72.
arptiger
Tyler, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
6:30 AM

Post #9051184

The flywheel has to be that large because that is what drives the press as well as stops it. Look closley at the lower left corner and you can see a moter that drives the wheel and also at the lower side of the wheel is a foot pedal that pressed against the wheel to stop it.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2012
7:42 AM

Post #9051286

Thanks. Ever since I was a child, I've wanted to know how things work. Took apart many things in my mother's kitchen and my grandfather's workshop. All the other little girls preferred their dolls.
schickenlady
Sherrie In, NH
(Zone 5a)

March 25, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9056094

dont forget the typeset has to be laid out backwards and sometimes upside down! Did hot stamping for a while and it was a pain to learn.

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