I know this is a real newbie question but please bear with me.
I'm just starting out and having trouble finding a vacuum hand press in the UK, and even though I have the money to buy a good used one I keep missing out on auctions on ebay etc.
I'm now contemplating building my own vacuum press, but I was wondering if anyone here has built a press big enough to comfortably print A2 (420mm x 594mm), and, if so, is this really the way to go when starting out. There is something charming about the handmade, but I'm not sure if my skills are up to it.
I have Andy Mac's great book and plans for a press but just unsure as to whether it is a good route.
Any advice would be appreciated.