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Re: Standing presses
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Standing presses
- From: Betty Storz <storz@MCN.ORG>
- Date: Wed, 4 Aug 1999 10:24:25 -0700
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When I began assembling my studio I asked Eleanore Ramsey one day about
standing presses, since she has a real, old-time, tall, solid wooden one.
I knew that these usually go for $several thousand, even used.
She told me that a binder friend of hers, looking for a solution, bought a
12 ton hydraulic press, the kind used for machine-shops for pressing
bearings, from Harbor Freight for about $99, and found that it worked
admirably for her purposes.
I ordered one, and they deliver anything over $50.
It was made in China, came in a box and "required assembly," a bit of a
challenge since some of the holes were too small for bolts, etc., and all
bolts were metric. I drilled out the holes and bought replacements for the
missing bolts and put together on a 2x4 rig with castors, then put an 18" x
24" x 2" platform bolted to the I-beams below the inverted hydraulic jack
that forms the press part. It works very well for me. I use it especially
after mending a book's sections and before sewing, to compress the thing,
with pressing boards. The press comes with a pair of cast-iron blocks
about 6" square and 1" thick to go under the jack and on top of the
If anyone is interested in locating Harbor Freight, which is mostly, I
think, a southern Calif. importer, drop me a line at <email@example.com>.
Hope this is helpful.
At 12:13 PM 8/4/99 -0400, you wrote:
>While standing presses may not be necessary with modern adhesives (we do use
>both paste and PVA) we have found that long term pressing (24 - 48 hours)in
>a standing press, even when using PVA, consistently produces a "nicer" or
>"sharper" looking book than short term pressing in something like a nipping
>press. In addition they open cleaner and we have fewer problems with uneven
>This is regardless of the binding being pressed. Whether it be single or
>multiple signature, grooved or not, etc.
>Loud Creek Books & Bindery
>P.O. Box 8120
>Bangor, ME 04402-8120
Betty Storz firstname.lastname@example.org