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Re: Nipping presses and equipment

I made a cheap bookpress for pressing boards when I rebacked leather books-
I welded 2 inch square tubing into a rectangle 2 by 3 feet aprox. with 2 braces
from corners to middle.  Then got a hydralick car bottle jack from an auto store
about 15 dollars, along with some metal plates and 2by4s-and weld some
flat iorn on the bottom of press so it will stand up.put plates on 2by4 then
,then metal plates then jack, and it works great.
a metal fabrication shop could make it fairly cheap.

At 12:12 PM 2/17/96 EST, Rommel John Miller wrote:
>Dear Friends of the Book-Arts:
>        NEWS FLASH!  For all of you looking for a nipping press, lying
>press, finishing press, and even standing presses and screw-tight
>pressing boards, may I humbly recommend the following book:
>        BANISTER, Manly.  _The Craft of Bookbinding_  Reprint of orig.
>                publication by: DOVER Books.  ISBN 0-486-27852-2.
>                Price:  $7.95 (!)
>Thanks to Karen Crisalli and the Bookbinder's Warehouse for ordering it for
>me and my oh my is it the book I've been longing for!  Why?  Decent
>are provided for the "poor-person" who can't quite yet afford the
>constructed hardware.  Of course wood isn't cheap, especially fine hardwoods
>as needed, but Banister gives clear instructions on the building of presses
>from hardware store plumbing pipe (METAL that is, NOT PVC!) and other
>materials, some welding and metal boring will have to be done as well as
>a table saw or mitre saw for the wood-work, but if anyone watches Norm
>Abrahms on "Yankee Workshop" (on PBS) and likes the way Norm does things
>than yes, you too, with practice, will be able to build your own equipment.
>Who knows, maybe the satisfaction of DIY will inspire you to tap the creative
>spirit within you wearning to be free!  I HIGHLY recommend this book for
>the beginner with limited resources, afterall, maybe one of your friends
>who has the wood-working equipment would be willing to help.  I'm thinking
>of asking a local wood-worker and craftsperson how much he'd charge to cut
>the wood to Manly's specs, I would assemble it (screws, pipes, plates, etc.)
>myself.  Its worth looking into and it will give hope to anyone who finds
>the price of quailty hardware to be out-of-reach at the present.
>I mean, thumbs up to Banister who has given us a book that talks extensively
>about the hardware rather than just showing us pictures with a brief
>description!  Kudos to Dover for keeping this book in publication, and kudos
>to all who agree that DIY is a great avenue for those incapable of otherwise
>affording the hardware.  Good Luck to all who try, and most of all, may
>doing so enrich your life, it has mine.
>Rommel John Miller
>Ocean City, MD

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