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This site is home to a project that began forty-four years ago.(The Whole Story) The site its self was put on the Internet fifteen years ago with a mission  to provide information and plans to Intaglio printmakers wishing to build their own Etching Press. Since its inception hundreds of printmakers have realized that dream! You should take a look at the Showcase to view some examples of what is being done with the plans.

 

The plans provide all the details needed to build three different types of presses, with two different types of drives, a hand operated chain drive or a hand operated gear drive. They can be easily customized both functionally & esthetically to reflect your individual needs.

 

If you have any questions and I'm sure you will, I ask that you check the FAQ section before contacting me, the answer might be posted there as well as some answers to questions you might not have thought of. So enough talk feel free to explore the site and I hope to meet you on the road to Pressdom!

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I recently made a new site layout in an attempt to make the site more user friendly and easier to find in search engines. If you have any problems navigating the new site I would appreciate your comments so that any issues can be fixed. I have provided a feedback form for this purpose and would welcome your input ...................

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New 2017 Plan Set

Presenting A New Approach To Building Your New Press With Three New Etching Press Plan Sets

After many months of planning they are here! This new plan set is designed to take some of the effort away from your press construct. read more......

About Bench

Small Bench Press

Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates

About Medium

Medium Etching Press

Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down

About Large

Large Etching Press

Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down

 

Pre 2016 Original Plan Set

These are the original plans that most of the press builds in the show case were fashioned with. Although they do not include some of the added features of the new designs as you can see, you can still build a fine press from these plans. read more......

Original Bench Press

Small Direct Drive Bench Press

Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates

Original Steel Press

Steel Side Rail Press

Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down

Original Wood Press

Wood Side Rail Press

Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down

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The Latest press added to the Showecase hall of fame - by Mark Savoia

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The showcase features presses built by real printmakers and will no doubt inspire you with what is possible with a little effort on your part!

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New Designs

2017 Presenting A New Approach To Building Your New Press

After many months of pondering they are here! This new plan set is designed to take some of the effort away from your press construct.

read more......

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Get A Set Of Plans!

The showcase features presses built by real printmakers and will no doubt inspire you with what is possible with a little effort on your part!

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Testimonial

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"Well, the project has been successfully completed. I decided to construct two presses, as another family member needed one also.

We now look forward to many printings with these robust units."

 

Thanks,

- Ric, Sydney, Australia.

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"Thank you very much. It was many years ago that I got the plans from you and built the press, and I am impressed by your attention so far down the road. I really appreciate your help on this. And very much appreciate your plans to begin with. I would otherwise never been able to afford an intaglio press this size. Thank you".

 

- David Bichell