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THE ADANA 8x5 PRINTING PRESS

8th August 2022

Like many when they first start printing with a letterpress printer I've opted for the Adana 8x5 press. It's a small tabletop vertical platen press that produces great print and has parts that are widely available. The availability of parts turned out to be a good thing very quickly because when I got it home I found it was missing a roller.

Not only are parts widely available but Adana still supply them so I purchased two perfectly made new rollers to get the press up and running. The old roller was also in good condition so I kept it as a spare just in case I ever do something stupid and take a gouge out of one. As it had been stood in a garage for a while it also needed a little lubrication of all moving parts. I know that feeling myself! A few adjustments to ensure the bed was level and all was going well.

Rather than bolt the press down I set it up on a Black and Decker workmate, a stable yet portable device that can easily support the weight and clap it in place. My fonts are all sorted into cases, and I have some nails in the beam above to dry my prints. So that's me a little bit better set up and the garage is starting to look a bit less like a prison cell and a bit more like a printing workshop.



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