Platen Adjustment on a Golding Jobber

I just purchased a Golding Jobber #6 and the platen isn’t even close to making contact with the type. Can anyone give instruction and send a link for where to look to find instructions for this press? Obviously, I’m a newbie with a platen press. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Greatest tool ever!

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Did you happen to purchase the Jobber off of Ebay from Pennsylvania. My wife and I went to look at one recently and the seller had sold it to a woman from Florida.

If that is the case, I believe that the throw off arm was not functioning correctly and could be stuck in non-impression I’m not very familiar with the Jobber, but I know John Folstrom at perennial designs will be a big help.

John is the go to guy for goldings, if he can’t help you no one can, good luck Dick G.

Just to make sure we’re talking the same game here:

The platen should never come in contact with type locked in the press. Packing should be built up on the platen to force paper in contact with type.

If it’s the “not even close” part you’re worried about and not the “contacting type” part then you may be on the right track. Undercuts on platens that I’ve seen range from 0.1” to 0.40”. I keep mine as large as possible to accommodate die cutting jackets, creasing matrix for excessively thick stock etc.


@mmm222 Yes! I’m the woman in Florida. Small world, huh? With grease, a rubber mallet and loads of lubricating oil the throw arm is loosening up. That was indeed the problem.

@inkspot & dickg I’ve been emailing John - he’s great! I have several items on order from him including his nifty little tool!

I’m amazed after years of non-use and rust how easily this press is coming back to life. It’s a beautiful thing!

Thanks everyone for your fast responses and advice!

Here are some pictures of a copy that I had made of ‘John’s nifty little tool’. I had it made to standard European type height plus 1 mm extra. It allows me to set the platen straight against the bed, without any packing in place. Once set, I put 1 mm packing in place and I’m ready to print. Four strong printer’s magnets hold them in place. Having two rods allows me to set four corners in one go.

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