2nd generation printer
now and then ran a snapper
but mostly worked around
big sheet fed offset presses
about 20 years ago quit printing
last job ran a Shinohara 65 II P
for few years thought of setting up
a little snapper
never thought my hands
would not be ink stained
this new world of plastic
plates is quite interesting
funny how much i know
don’t know about letterpress work
looking on line at a few presses
have moved a few offset presses
first rule will it fit through the door
doors in to shop are 35 inches wide
does anybody know where
i can find outside dimensions
for old and new style
8X12 and 10X15 CP snapper
figure a little 19 inch hand lever cutter
and a CP snapper would be a nice start
been playing with a little Craftsman
table top press
but gee its kinda small
don’t want to get interested
in machines that will not fit through the door
can tell by posting
never set type
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Somewhere on this site i think there is info you want, you could try the Excelsior Press web site. C&P’s are my favorite presses, Goldings are narrower and seem to have a smaller footprint. If you are near a museum youcould visit and most likely get dimensions of lots of presses. Don’t know where you are located, if you are in New England i’d be glad to show you how to set type, i’ve been letterpress printing for years, my favorite thing is type setting, i have some foundry type, a couple of ludlows and am setting up a linotype.
I just bought a C&P 8X12 New Style and had to move it into my shed. It was 36” wide. My doors were also 35”. I now am the proud owner of a shed with a double-door. Heh. The Sawz-all is my friend!
The other method that you can use is to take the main gear-wheel off the right side and the flywheel off the left and then pull out the shaft that connects them. This will make the press small enough to fit through a standard door, as well as making it much lighter for the move.
In my case I was more worried about either damaging the press dismantling it or not getting things back together again correctly coupled with not having some experience woodworking and framing. Having a pair of matching spare exterior doors lying around and a very handy friend also helped a lot.
Justin Miller’s Bound Staff Press, at
has a lovely old C&P catalog which gives not only dimensions but also the space through which the press will pass, for various degrees of stripping. Also weights.
Thanks All for the info
dickg thanks for the offer
am in Detroit
spending lots of time
reading and re reading Ralph Polk’s
The Practice of Printing
door frames are metal
think could pull door and frame
would make opening a 6 inches wider
might be easier to break down press
have broke down and moved more than one
offset sheet fed press
will keep looking around
put deposit on 19 inch lever paper cutter
once have the paper cutter
figure am 1/4 way to having a small shop
having strange yearnings for a Golding Pearl
A smaller size golding pearl would maybe be the way to go. That press would certainly fit through a 35” door with little to no effort or disassembly.
I have a C&P 10X15 Model N, and I have put it through a 38” doorway; I believe we even had a bit of room. It was slimmer front to back than side to side, and I believe had we removed a flywheel or some other part if could have fit through an EVEN SMALLER doorway than our 38” opening.
Tomorrow when I’m at the shop I’ll close it up and measure out for you.
Good luck in your search.
So my C&P could sqeeze through a 35.5” door with the feedboard removed, as I measured it with a tapemeasure. Probably wouldn’t want to try it, but “COULD”.
helimited, your studdering again.