Here's something most printers with a small tight space has to deal with: how to get the press past the door and halls.
The shaft you see up there marked in orange makes the press 38" wide. Everything else was 36". I talked about this with my brother, father and boyfriend... and the first two wanted to saw off part of it right away (geez, it's like talking to surgeons!). So I went online and did some reading at Briar Press. Mostly people posted questions just like mine "how the heck do I get a press through this?", but among the answers I gathered that I needed to take the shaft off. I talked this over with Adam and he was game... but how?
The shaft had this gear protector on it, and inside of it there was this crazy tight pin (from now on CTP). I got so dirty trying to take this whole thing out that I didn't get a chance to even touch my camera. But we took the protection out, and after a long conversation with the brilliant and savior John Barrett from Letterpress Things we figured out how to take it out. I promise to give you more details on it, I'll try to recreate how to take it out, so from now on, people can just see how easy it actually is (I say easy, but Adam was the one actually hammering things and loosing things up).
After some lubricant, a wedged chisel, a hammer, and two guys to pull the shaft off... tada!!
Once we took the shaft off the press was small enough to go through every hall and door.
And finally Bertha is home!