Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25

Thread: Old book press

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default Old book press

    I have bought myself a book press to use in the shed and am in the process of cleaning the rust off and giving it a coat of paint. I found a number on it and would like to know if this is a date or some sort of cast batch number ?

    Rick


    45340123_747348138952028_1625629556574519296_n.jpg

    20190128_172326.jpg


    20190128_172341.jpg

  2. # ADS
    Google Adsense Advertisement
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Advertising world
    Age
    2010
    Posts
    Many





     
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,001

    Default

    Iím definitely no expert on book presses. but that certainly looks like it could be a date mark.
    Iím surprised tho there are no other marks of sorts.

    Cheers Matt.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Just found this page from google and it looks identical to mine and it was dated the same

    https://insta-stalker.com/post/Bp5XOMdBe8c/

    Rick



    43067437_2228343070768901_4672064012304638449_n.jpg

    44303232_2242754629269422_2937772669370363348_n.jpg
    Last edited by warrick; 29th Jan 2019 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Photos added as requested by Fuzzie

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Rockhampton
    Posts
    362

    Default

    Correct me if I am wrong but I thought Hex nuts were something that came in well into the 1900's I am thinking that the coincidence of finding two presses with the same date a bit much and am more thinking that this is a casting number. I have found this a common practice on old machinery. I know nothing of these old presses...even though I would love to own one myself....

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaza58 View Post
    Correct me if I am wrong but I thought Hex nuts were something that came in well into the 1900's I am thinking that the coincidence of finding two presses with the same date a bit much and am more thinking that this is a casting number. I have found this a common practice on old machinery. I know nothing of these old presses...even though I would love to own one myself....
    Didn't think about the hex nut thing so I did some googling and you are correct they didn't have mass production or standard thread types till after 1860 therefore it must be a mold number. I still would love to know how old it really is

    Rick

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Little River
    Age
    73
    Posts
    838

    Default

    Unlikly to be a casting number as, even though they are the same, they are located in two entirely different places.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Tallahassee FL USA
    Age
    77
    Posts
    4,651

    Default

    They also seem too crisp to be in the castings. And cast-in marks are usually raised, not incised, because sand is too crumbly to stand away from the cavity in the mold under the flow of molten metal.

    Cheers,
    Joe
    Of course truth is stranger than fiction.
    Fiction has to make sense. - Mark Twain

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by joe greiner View Post
    They also seem too crisp to be in the castings. And cast-in marks are usually raised, not incised, because sand is too crumbly to stand away from the cavity in the mold under the flow of molten metal.

    Cheers,
    Joe

    Makes sense, there was also some marks that resemble slotted head screws other than that there was no other marks.

    Rick

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    South Australia
    Posts
    3,302

    Default

    Hex nuts and bolts could well be later replacements also the the "dates" are not the same

    This looks very similar https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/suff...-co/1202154134

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default

    It's all finished now, ready to be used in the workshop

    Rick


    20190130_144756.jpg

    20190130_144729.jpg

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,001

    Default

    Well docent that look the business now.
    Well done on the restoration job looks a million bucks.

    Cheers Matt.

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Glen Forrest, Western Australia
    Age
    57
    Posts
    376

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    Well docent that look the business now.
    Well done on the restoration job looks a million bucks.

    Cheers Matt.
    Thanks Matt
    All I have to do is find a project for it

    Rick

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    821

    Default

    Looks great. remember not to pick it up by the handles.....

  15. #14
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Northern Beaches, Sydney
    Age
    63
    Posts
    316

    Default

    Nice restoration. I've seen a few of these for sale over the years and always thought that they looked really cool. They also looked like they'd be really handy.
    Stewie

  16. #15
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Millmerran,QLD
    Age
    69
    Posts
    7,323

    Default

    Warrick

    I want one: Trouble is I don't know what I want it for. Whilst I realise it'e original purpose was in book binding, I could see application in a work shop for small gluing operations. Then there would be glue all over the place so maybe not!

    Excellent restoration. It has come up so well.

    Regards
    Paul
    Bushmiller;

    "Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts, absolutely!"

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Geared drill press vs belt driven press
    By Albert in forum GENERAL & SMALL MACHINERY
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 17th Oct 2016, 12:10 PM
  2. book box
    By weisyboy in forum BOX MAKING
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10th Jul 2008, 09:50 PM
  3. Book sale at Tauntons Press
    By maverick in forum WOODWORK - GENERAL
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 1st Dec 2006, 09:16 AM
  4. Book Review - Pocket Hole Drilling Jig Project Book
    By Dean in forum WOODWORK - GENERAL
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18th Jul 2004, 01:42 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •