I just traded up for a new type cabinet! Unfortunately, the cabinet came with a terrible smell: a mix of shop, mustiness and mothballs pretty much sums it up. Since getting this beauty refinished didn’t seem to put a dent in the odor, I’ve been trying a bunch of home remedies since bringing her home.
Leveling the platen on a Golding Pearl is slightly different from other platen presses. I used the method described by Rich in this post on Briar Press. You will note that on a Pearl, the center bolt is what holds the platen in place, and the four corner bolts are for adjusting the pressure in each of the four corners. It took a bit of fiddling with, but I’m finally pulling an even impression from all four corners. We’re rolling!
Every letterpress is different, so moving your particular press may vary. However, there are a few things I learned during this process that I wanted to share. To start, I belong to a great yahoo!group for owners of Pearl letterpresses. One of the members posted a how-to that I recommend for anyone moving a Pearl press. Here’s how I did it.
So I’ve been rather quiet the past few months. Mostly because I have been working all of the time, but also because not much progress has been made on the press. We moved to our new place, and just as I was starting to unpack my studio, we discovered mold in our basement. It has taken me the past few months to finally clean everything up to the point that I can begin assembling the press again without fear of mold.
So stay tuned for posts on how to move a letterpress, how to remove mold from your letterpress equipment, how to neutralize rusting on your press and more…