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    Default Wood Blocks Process Thread

    Unfortunately workshops and posters don't always pay the rent so I take on commercial jobs to make up the difference.

    This time, it was printing a logo on some wood blocks. The blocks were about 2 1/2 inches square (or at least were supposed to be - more on that later) so I had to create a bit of a jig to deal with them.

    My original plan was to gang print multiple blocks at one time to speed things up. What I came up with was an L-square that I clamped to the press, and I set the hingeclamp bar on top of a couple of scrap blocks, then clamped those down.




    I then used a bungie cord to hold all the blocks in place.




    This system actually worked okay, except that I discovered that the blocks weren't actually square, so the uneven edges and sizing meant I couldn't get the squeegee to touch the surface of each block.

    Also, I found to my dismay that the bungie cord system was less than ideal when my test group of blocks jumped up on me right into the screen.



    After that I just used a bit of spray tack from the t-shirt press to prevent them from moving and that worked fine.

    Because of the irregularities, I ended up having to print each block one at a time. There was 750 total, double sided, and because of the transparency of the ink I pretty much did two pulls per side, so all told I did over 3000 pulls on this job. The sharp edges also wore down the screens even with tape to protect them, so I burned a new screen every day.

    Took me three 8 hour days, but I spent most of the first day dicking around with the press and dealing with the various problems.



    All told I only messed up 5 blocks out of the 750. A new record low for me!

    Finally, all boxed up and ready for pickup. This job paid the rent for 2 months. Phew!

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    wow, nice job. I don't think I have the patience for something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fantasygoat View Post




    I then used a bungie cord to hold all the blocks in place.


    WOW! What a chore!

    What is that press? I think that may be what I'm looking for

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    I picked it up from the same shop I bought my drying racks from. It dates to the mid 60's at least, not sure the manufacturer. It's actually kind of crap. I get better results from hand pulling on the other press.
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    OK then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerdo View Post
    WOW! What a chore!

    What is that press? I think that may be what I'm looking for
    AWT make them, Lawson, we (TMI) make them. (clamshell one arm)

    or try our jaguar spring lift, we have a 2x3 foot model sitting in a crate in INdy looking for a home. it is super sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andymac View Post
    AWT make them, Lawson, we (TMI) make them. (clamshell one arm)

    or try our jaguar spring lift, we have a 2x3 foot model sitting in a crate in INdy looking for a home. it is super sweet.
    What would the print area be on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerdo View Post
    What would the print area be on that?
    I just asked an extremely stupid question didn't I?

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    FG, that's funny we used to do a lot of parts printing, wood, plastic etc ,and everyone always figures you can gang loose parts up and print in a grid like you tried.

    And every time it fucks up.

    Best to do them one at a time, something like that you should be able to print on a hand set up at 300 per hour.

    On our little semi auto Hanky 500-600 hr.

    I like printing wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cerdo View Post
    What would the print area be on that?
    on what? our 2x3 is 24"x36" vacuum
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