About Build A Press.com

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.

Compare The Two Different Plan Sets

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

 

About The New 2017 Plan Set

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

 

Small Bench Press

Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates. $25. a set

Medium Etching Press

Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down $35. a set

Large Etching Press

Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down $40. a set

Complete Set 3 Plans

A Set of all three Etching Press Plans in the series $80. a set

 

About The Original Plan 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

 

Small Direct Drive Bench Press

Ideal if you have limited space or print small plates $15. a set

Steel Side Rail Press

Great for printing mid range plates. Size can be scaled up or down $25. a set

Wood Side Rail Press

Should handle anything you throw at it. Size can be scaled up or down $25. a set

Complete Set 3 Plans

A Set of all three Etching Press Plans in the series $60. a set

Assorted Information On The Project.......

 

Visit The Showcase......

See what some printmakers have done with the plans. It's inspiring!

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Why The Plans Came To Be......

If you like to read long rambling commentary this article explains why I created the plans. If you want to get right to building a press skip it!

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Testimonial

Thanks Doug for this wealth of information. Just received the DVD and ...WOW! I will for sure send you photos once I have a press built. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

- Jason Blair

thanks for making you knowledge available!

- Larry