I took a printmaking class and, after the experience, I just knew that I had to have a printing press of my own. After much research, I decided that a platen press would work for me at home, and I started my shopping. The press I wanted was beautiful but it was expensive and the cost of shipping would double the price, so I made one.
From a photograph in a catalog that I can no longer locate, I drafted plans to build. If I can find my original sketches, I will post them.
I did not know about instructables at the time and failed to photograph the process so much of this instructable is based on photos of the finished project, explanations and diagrams. And while I rarely use my press, the reward of drafting plans and executing them give me great satisfaction and pride.