Multiple Height Press

A press with interchangeable legs for varying heights

Finishing presses often need to be fairly tall to support books well at the spine. These days it is difficult to find suitable wood that is wide enough to make tall presses. Tall presses are also more likely to have problems with jaws that cup, giving uneven pressure on the sides of the text block. This press, with interchangeable legs for different heights, may solve most of the problems and possibly introduce some new benefits. The press is nice and beefy up near the spine and with the cut-in bevels the screws can be set near the top so the pressure is applied where it is most needed. The legs are very sturdy and can be screwed tightly into their sockets. The press is very stable; especially when the legs are more widely spread as when a book is clamped between the jaws.

This is the press in its lowest form, 3-1/2″ tall with no legs attached.

Here the press has short legs and is 5-5/8″ tall.

Here the press is 7-5/8″ tall. Even longer legs could be made to lift the press higher.

With two legs the press can tilt.

Detail showing tapped leg sockets.

This 12″ model last sold for $325.00. These presses can also be made larger, with 14″ or 16″ between screws.

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