This site is home to a project that began forty-six years ago.(The Whole Story) The site its self was put on the Internet seventeen years ago with a mission to provide information and plans to Intaglio printmakers wishing to build their own Etching Press. Since its inception many hundreds of printmakers have realized that dream! You should take a look at the Showcase to view some examples of what some very creative printmakers have done.
There are two different plan sets available. The all new 2016 plan set and the original pre 2016 plan set. The following is a comparison of the features available in the two plan sets.
|Feature List||The Original Plan Set||New 2017 Plan Set|
|Easy To Follow Illustrated Step By Step Plans|
|Internet Links To Parts & Materials|
|Customize Size To Your Needs|
|Metric / Imperial Measurements|
|Full Size Printable Templates Large Format Printer|
|Download Extra Content *|
|Download Free Updates **|
|Full Size Printable Templates Tiled 8.5 by 11 in paper|
|CNC Cut Files For Press Frame|
|New Lighter Weight Frame Construction|
* For large format printer ** Large format printer & Tiled pages for letter size paper
I have been reworking my original plan set to incorporate many of the features printmakers have repeatably asked for. Lighter weight to save their backs & floor joists. As a result I have made them more portable. I have also added CNC cut files so the press frame parts can be cut using this widely used technology. Full size templates can now be printed on a letter size desktop printer then assembled with tape to make full size templates. There is also a one page set that can be printed on a large format printer if you have access to one. The plans have also reorganized into sections that should make them easier to follow.
Below on the read more.... Button links you will find additional information on each plan set
Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates. $25. a set
Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down $35. a set
Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down $40. a set
A Set of all three Etching Press Plans in the series $80. a set
These are the original three plan sets that most of the presses in the showcase were built from. They don't include CNC cut files and the lighter weight press frame but as you can see it is possible to build a fine press from these plans!
Below on the read more.... links you will find additional information on each plan set
Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates $15. a set
Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down $25. a set
Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down $25. a set
A Set of all three Etching Press Plans in the series $60. a set
See what some printmakers have done with the plans. It's inspiring!