there are many tutorials on the web instructing home-based screenprinting techniques, but most fail to mention the two most important tips for creating quality, affordable prints at home. The first is the importance of how taught or tight the mesh must be, the second involves something called the "snap". This instructable shows how to make adjustable screens to ensure the tightest of screens, and then explains the "snap"

Step 1: go shopping!

This is what is required for this tutorial:
1 pine strip (1.8m long) and 22mm x 22mm.
4 x bolts (70mm x 6mm) with their accompaning nuts.
a drill (with 6mm bit).
staple gun.
wood glue.
mesh ( i've sourced mine from screenprinting suppliers and is a 55 mesh count)
<p>hey, i mainly want to know about the wood. i'd like to be able to salvage dumped wood.. do you know if any type is better or worse and for what reasons?</p><p>thanks!</p>
<p>I'm not following how this stretches the mesh. The picture on Step 5 illustrates my point; as you &quot;back off&quot; the nuts, you are not (it seems to me) &quot;pulling&quot; the mesh against the far side of the frame, you are in fact pulling against the closest stapled (&amp; glued) &quot;side&quot; frame, which is only a few mm's away, leaving the rest of the mesh only as tight as it was when you stapled (&amp; glued) it. </p><p>I would appreciate any clarification (if my confusion makes any sense).</p><p>Also, I would think anyone having problems with the wood strips rotating as they turn the nuts, could just use a &quot;backup&quot; wrench on the bolt head (if the bolt can't turn, the wood strips should have no tendency to rotate)</p><p>Thanks for your article! Sharing ideas is always a great idea!</p>
I Agree with you... thats exactly what it does as seen in the pic... pull the nearest staple... u should staple after youve tightened
<p>hi... just wondering what materail is the mesh screen.... im almost done making this just need to confirm the mesh material..</p>
<p>This is a fantastic idea, and a great instructable.</p><p>What book did you get that last image illustrating the snap?</p><p>I'd also love to see your silkscreen carousel ideas...</p>
Hi what is the glue you use to glue the bolts into the wood? normal wood glue? or multi purpose? i made the screen using this system only i used a glue called TEC7 but the woodstrips turn as i tighten the mesh.
I think you can use epoxy.
&quot;2 x 45mm pieces and 2 x 35mm pieces&quot;? That's a tiny screen. I think you meant centimeters.
I've been making my own screens for a long time but the bolt setup is very clever!
Dude, that is F%$I% Genius. Great idea.
this is a great idea ive screen printing for some time and i always pay to have my mesh glues to the frame this will save me lots of cash! :D
&nbsp;Whoa whoa whoa.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> I like the idea of a gap between the substrate and the screen, but how do you support it? Blocks of wood?&nbsp;<br />
<p>i find that if you glue 5mm nuts to the 4 corners of your screen, this gives you a nice even snap. the reason its not included in the instructable is because i've now gone a step further and i am fitting my screen to a hinge system so you can lift the screen and, if need be, place it back if the print is not perfect. this hinge system stands 5mm higher than the board it is built on. make sense? it works on the same principle as a screenprinters carousel, good luck</p>
We use a hinge system at my school. Except instead of making the hinges&nbsp;permanent, we use a nail to slide in and out of the two pieces of the hinge. That way we can change the screens with much ease
&nbsp;Yeah. You might want to add that piece in there somewhere. Anyhow, I saw a 4 color carousel on eBay for $300. I don't know how cheap that is relatively, but if you want a carousel, eBay is your place.
You should see in built it your self, if you have the time and desired ( goole the video on how to built a silk press machine), but if dont have the time buy it.<br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5zbnV6OUj4" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5zbnV6OUj4</a>
this is an excellent&nbsp; idea!&nbsp; great job!<br />
This is great info for those who already have some silkscreen know how.<br /> <br /> Your fish is nice at the intro!<br /> Thanks for posting this!<br />

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