Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Nolan Proof press
- In a message dated 4/9/2003 9:02:42 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Does your pressDavid,
> have a roller about three inches in diameter with two steel rods that serve
> as handles to pull it across? That is the kind mine is, but the gripper
> speak of makes it sound as if the paper would attach to a large roller as
> a cylinder press.
> Incidentally, I was interested to learn that some of these were called
> I got mine to print signs from wood type.
First of all, yes, my press sounds like yours. It is a Nolan "Super Proofer".
Second, here's a link to *exactly* the same press ive seen in operation with
a gripper -- like I described in my last post:
This is a small sign press, with a bed approx. 8x12. Look at the black knob &
lever on the far left side. That lever arm simply articulates (opens) the
spring loaded gripper fingers (there are 4 you can see). The whole gripper
assembly there is not type high, so the roller (on the far side of the image)
backs up and basically sets ready directly above the gripper. You open the
gripper, align your sheet (to the back of the gripper and along the edge of
the bed wall, or whatever suits you), and then make the impression. This also
allows consistent placement of the sheets as well.
Yes, slurring would occur without tympan and frisket. This is certainly the
lowest of low tech for making quality impressions. But this thing does do the
gripping job well, and since it's slightly under type high, it doesnt
interfere with anything else. Because it's such a small press, you can even
hold the paper and guide it down while you make the impression, minimizing
any slurring. But I digress...
Ive seen tympan & frisket setups for larger proof presses, and will likely
get there eventually. Like Greg Shattemburg's setup:
But for now, I'm just concerned with holding the paper tightly, since making
an impression on a 13x26 proofer is much different than gripping a small
And yes, I understand that they were called sign presses since many were sold
to retail stores, department stores, etc. with a simple set of precast blocks
("sale", "this rack", "today only") and a set of metal type for making
prices, etc. If you look at the image, the teeth along the sides of the bed
and the bars crossing were part of a simple grid locking system so novices
could easily setup for making the simplest of displays...
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- To prevent most slurring on the Nolan, I use type-high bearers outside the
print area on both sides of the type -- so the roller pinches the paper on
the bearers before it rolls over the type. I use 18 point brass rule. They
may leave an indentation in the paper, but they prevent the roller from
bouncing up and down between lines of type (my roller is set somewhat
loosely, so I can vary the paper weight and the packing which is several
sheets added on top of the paper).
I have seen a press like this adapted with a tympan and frisket for holding
the paper in registration -- a simple hinged frame attached to a strip of
furniture that is locked into one end of the press with a quoin. Seems to me
a little cumbersome to open and close, with the roller in the way, but it
ought to function about like a Washington press tympan, holding registration
Best wishes, Tom
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