"The Press" was made entirely by hand, and constructed expressly for printmaking. The print gallery shows examples of its ability.
The Press in the studio
Of course, the reader is going to ask. Why in the world did you do that?
Simple. Having a desire to produce monotype and monoprint images, a press was necessary for the kind of print we wanted to make. Commercially built presses of adquate capacity (as to size of print) are extremely heavy, and even used ones are very expensive. Mainly, the transportation and setup are a nightmare for a lone artist, just out of the question. So, setting out to acquire a press naturally lead to the only way to get it: build it from scratch.
Right side, from the front
So it was. It is constructed of at least 28 meters of 12 guage steel strut, which weighs well over 60 kg. It is held together with dozens of 1/2 inch screws and nuts, steel brackets, 2 mm wire rope, pulleys, and set screw. All of the major hardware is grade 8, some is stainless steel. Size of the press (excluding the stand) is approximately width:45 cm x height:28 cm x depth:30 cm.
Upward view from the front
Pressure is provided by a "10 ton" hydraulic jack generating about 6 to 7 tons in routine use. The lower platen is vertically mobile, directionally stabilized by cross-parallel tensioned wire guided by 4 steel pulleys on the back and right sides. The spindle of the jack pushes the lower platen up, along with the printing paper, plate, blankets, etc. against the upper platen. For the largest plate it can handle, the press can apply at least an estimated 40 lbs/square inch.
No doubt this is the first, and probably last, time you'll see something like this. Just don't say it can't be done.