Adventures in letterpress in Guelph, Ontario

Fire, oil & sweat

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Propane torch

In order to get the press out of the driveway and into the shop, I had to go at the key holding the flywheel assembly in place with a blow torch. I also tried using penetrating oil but that had negligible effects. I thought it might require a special tool, but after five or ten minutes with the propane torch I just pulled and pulled on it with a hammer and it popped right out.

Then, after gathering the neighborhood punks and layabouts, we carefully removed the flywheel and the shaft/axle that it was attached to and rolled it across the street on pipes. All in all a pretty smooth operation, and now the press is sitting comfortably in its new home.

Letterpress in shop


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