A journal about the finding, reconditioning and placing in service of a large C&P letterpress with the aim of producing my fine art prints from engravings.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Is this a problem I'm asking anyone who has an opinion - don't hold back.
The main gear and the drive pinion are out of alignment by about 1/4 inch (on the left side). By the corrosion on the main shaft it looks like the pinion did at one time sit about 1/4 inch to the left, which would bring all of the gear-teeth surfaces into full contact. Is that something I should correct? Looks to me like the pinion is shrunk onto the shaft as I don't see any pin or screw holding it.
I'm interested in the letterpress process for printing my artwork. Turns out my original training from many decades ago is particularly suited to the task at hand, and yet halfway through 2009 I knew nothing about letterpress nor the machines.