Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Adana 8x5 Printing Press


Adana 8x5 Printing Press, originally uploaded by spoonergregory.

We have a press! Hooray! Its an old Adana Eight-Five (this refers to the size of the printing area - 8x5ins) currently missing its rollers and in need of a little TLC.

We're planning to use it to have a go at letterpress, which we've fancied for some time. We've already got a few fonts, most of which are now spread out across the dining room table while we sort them out. It'll also be used to print our engravings hopefully. We might have a go at that later this week if we feel brave enough.

The next job is to redo the packing on the platen. The manual says 10 sheets of newsprint ought to do it...

7 comments:

Liz said...

I would love to try one of these but havent a clue about them. good luck!

Ian said...

hi nive personal sit u have, i've just got a Adana 8x5 Printing press myself but havent a clue about setting the thing up. Do you know how i cld get my hands on a manual.
thanks ian

Sarah and Jon said...

Hi Ian,

Have you tried Ebay? There are always a few copies on there for a reasonable price.

Once you get going they are very easy to set up - good luck!

Sarah and Jon.

Lyndyn said...

Happily, many manuals for the various presses can be found at Briar Press:

http://www.briarpress.org/14558

Anonymous said...

I have two Adana's for sell,one of which has hardly been use

Christine said...

I make wedding stationery and am considering an Adana 8 x 5 to have a go at some letterpress style invitations, there a few for sale on ebay. Not sure where to start though, just researching and came across your site! Thanks for sharing.

Sarah and Jon said...

Hi Christine, letterpress wedding invitations would be so lovely! Good luck with it if you do get one!