Hi there friends. The amount of work coming up in the next few weeks is incredible. I will be working full time at Garnet Hill, finishing up details in the website, working on a few design projects and getting ready for the Open House next month. Unfortunately, it is only me so I have to prioritize. Believe me when I say I wish I could just post about everything every day... but that's not how it goes.
No crying, please! it will only be a couple of weeks. In the meantime you can find me in Pinterest and Twitter @Inkprintpress. See you in a few weeks!
A few days ago I mentioned in this post I had found some awesome looking white board by the side of the dumpster at Adam's condo. Someone just left it there... I mean, I HOPE someone left it there! If not, I might go to jail for stealing a white board!
So we brought it to the studio to make part of our wrap around working bench. And by our I mean, it's as much Adam's bench as it is mine, since he pretty much built it entirely (Oh, what would I do without his muscles!... ok ok, he can think too, which it's a plus).
Anyways, we got to work on it and, though the wood was really dry and it was a pain to put screws through it, it came out pretty well!
The only challenge we encountered is that the floor isn't even, so the right front corner of the table was about 1" lower than the rest. We had two options: shove a 1" piece of wood at the end of the leg, or lower the leg 1", which we could do, since there is a wood border around the table. Anyways, with the wood being so dry, the screws not wanting to go in, the drill bid being the wrong size, we said: screw it!
Today, while Adam was at work my dad and I went over, fixed up the leg and did the rest of the table.
Now I have a working bench! Can't wait to set up the rest!
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Happy awesome Tuesday everyone! how was your weekend? Anything fun?
We were up in Franconia, NH celebrating Adam's birthday. We had a pretty good scare because Kitty (real name Snox) got out of the house into the wild and hadn't come back for 2 days. We gave him up for lost :-( But on the third day he decided to grace us with his presence! Kitty meow is back home safe! Tired as heck... but safe!
Meanwhile on the shop... cleaning up Bertha a bit - that girl had decades of grime on her!
On tap for this week:
Rough draft of my business plan - arg!!!! this is driving me CRAZY!
Set up benches at the studio
Move in all my stuff into the studio
Meeting with a client regarding their logo identity
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.
So, little old me, trying to make everything perfect... screwed up big time. I decided to put a protective coat on the studio floor so it wouldn't get scratched easily and the footprints wouldn't show up right away on the floor.
Home Depot told me I didn't need anything, but I talked with several other people and they agreed it would probably be the best. My friend Kirsten Reynolds recommended Benwood, from Benjamin Moore, which indicates "A premium quality product that combines the attributes of polyurethane and acrylic to produce a clear, durable, non-yellowing finish. Finished surface provides high resistance to abrasion and protection against alcohol, water, and most household chemicals and stains." But I couldn't find a Benjamin Moore close to here, and it was so expensive... I decided to go with Polyurethane from Home Depot... which turned my floor yellow!
After the Polyurethane
Do you ever have those moments where you are hitting your head against the wall and wishing you could go back in time and change that ONE moment. You can pinpoint exactly the place, the time and what you were doing. WHERE ARE THE TIME TRAVELING MACHINES?!
Adam says it doesn't look too bad. He says that once I fill the space with equipment and stuff you won't even be able to see it. But, darn it!, it was sooo pretty before!! What do you say? Does it look horrible?
::insert comments about how it still looks good. Cause otherwise I might just sit and cry::