Fast Furniture

I’ve been in contact with a fellow in New Jersey who sells press equipment. I asked him if he had any fast furniture. He said, “I’ve been working around presses since I was 5 and I never heard that term.” Is there another name for fast furniture that he might be more familiar with?

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Expandable furniture—M&W as well as Challenge made it. Sometimes on eBay. These were either screw type or 2 part with interlocking notches.


The Challenge expanding furniture is really nice. It has become somewhat expensive on eBay, but is worth watching out for!


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I have been in letterpress for over 50 years and never heard of expandable furniture, learn something new every day.

I did see some stuff like this last week for the first time, never had seen it before, but guessed what it was. Don’t know if anybody still uses it though.

The other brand of high-speed furniture is Huffman, and it is made of light-weight magnesium. Some of the Challenge version is made of a heavier alloy.

I’ve got a few sets of the Challenge expanding furniture but this Morgans & Wilcox set is also very useful and you can use them without a quoin on flat bed presses. The biggest one expands to about 50 pica.

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I’ve got a couple of these that I’ve used with my C&P without a problem. They lock up just fine and make a tight forme. Now, both have good, clean teeth on the screw and latch. That seems to make a big difference. I intend to keep them that way as long as I can by not sliding the screw through the latch without depressing the levers. I think broken teeth are probably one of the reasons these are often somewhat weak.

Michael Hurley
Titivilus Press
Memphis, TN

Hi, we have a lot of it, was collecting it but now have many cases of it. Have lots of high speed quions as well. Have a fair amount of German quions as well

Norman Hicks
Hicks Brothers Printing Equipment, LLC

Morgans & Wilcox. I don’t use mine often, but they are very handy when I do need them.

Without any literature in front of me, I do believe that it is almost impossible to over-tighten them. Any time I got a little overzealous while tightening them they would reach a point where they would simply release their tension and I would have to start again. My theory was that this was on purpose so that people would not keep cranking and break chases.

Perhaps someone else can chime in on this.