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Re: [PPLetterpress] Blatchford patent base

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  • Lamsland
    I don t have or know about the Blatchford base, but we have and still use the Sterling Honeycomb base. Matthew LAMMY Lamoureux Full Metal Press - Operis
    Message 1 of 10 , Jul 7, 2008
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      I don't have or know about the Blatchford base, but we have and still
      use the Sterling Honeycomb base.


      Matthew "LAMMY" Lamoureux
      Full Metal Press - Operis servo a specialis nundinae

      On Jul 4, 2008, at 4:16 PM, lisaxdavidson wrote:

      >
      > Hi, everyone,
      >
      > In my price-reconnoitering about Sterling honeycomb base, I came
      > across something called
      > Blatchford patent base, which is a similar design with holes and
      > hooks. Has anyone had
      > experience with this stuff, or even know how perfectly flat it is,
      > or how thick it is?
      >
      > Thanks much,
      >
      > Lisa
      >
      >
      >



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    • John G. Henry
      I use both Sterling and Blatchford bases on my presses. I have chases set up with the Sterling for my cylinder press and the Blatchford for my platen press. I
      Message 2 of 10 , Jul 7, 2008
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        I use both Sterling and Blatchford bases on my presses. I have chases
        set up with the Sterling for my cylinder press and the Blatchford for
        my platen press. I find no fault with either system.

        Take care in cleaning the bases (if you purchase used) and do not use
        any caustic cleaners (lye, paint stripper, etc.) as the magnesium base
        will be eaten away. That comment not from experience, but from knowing
        the physical makeup of aluminum and magnesium.

        I use a very stiff plastic as a base for mounting my polymer plates,
        and have good success with no show-through of the latch holes in the
        base. I have used steel as a mounting plate material in the past as
        well, but have switched to the plastic as it is easier to cut and bevel
        and works well for me. Experiment with materials you find available at
        your local home center. Polycarbonate window glazing is certainly a
        good material, and is available in the proper caliper to mount the
        plates I use.

        If you do choose to use a plastic inter-base to mount the photopolymer
        plates, make certain you do not tighten the hooks so tight that they
        cause the plate to warp when locked up.

        Of course, the bases are wonderful for mounting 11pt. engravings and
        embossing dies.
      • Lisa Davidson
        Thanks, John, that s extremely helpful. Lisa ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
        Message 3 of 10 , Jul 7, 2008
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          Thanks, John, that's extremely helpful.
          Lisa

          On Jul 7, 2008, at 8:29 AM, John G. Henry wrote:

          > I use both Sterling and Blatchford bases on my presses. I have chases
          > set up with the Sterling for my cylinder press and the Blatchford for
          > my platen press. I find no fault with either system.
          >
          > Take care in cleaning the bases (if you purchase used) and do not use
          > any caustic cleaners (lye, paint stripper, etc.) as the magnesium base
          > will be eaten away. That comment not from experience, but from knowing
          > the physical makeup of aluminum and magnesium.
          >
          > I use a very stiff plastic as a base for mounting my polymer plates,
          > and have good success with no show-through of the latch holes in the
          > base. I have used steel as a mounting plate material in the past as
          > well, but have switched to the plastic as it is easier to cut and
          > bevel
          > and works well for me. Experiment with materials you find available at
          > your local home center. Polycarbonate window glazing is certainly a
          > good material, and is available in the proper caliper to mount the
          > plates I use.
          >
          > If you do choose to use a plastic inter-base to mount the photopolymer
          > plates, make certain you do not tighten the hooks so tight that they
          > cause the plate to warp when locked up.
          >
          > Of course, the bases are wonderful for mounting 11pt. engravings and
          > embossing dies.
          >
          >
          >



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