I believe I threw my platen out of wack this last weekend by messing with my screws since I was having a serious inking problem. I’ve redone my rails to build them up again to the correct height, taken all my platen bolts to hardly touch the platen and will try an additive in case it is the ink. However, I am positive I need to re-level the platen and the person I used to borrow the furniture and type to do this has sold everything off. I use a Box Car Base and photopolymer plates 100% of the time, so didn’t want to purchase a bunch of type and furniture. Would any of you have any other ideas for leveling or be able to sell the appropriate amount to me?
If you haven’t solved this already, you might check to make sure that the base hasn’t worked up from uneven quoin tightening, causing the inking to be heavier on the side that’s higher up in the chase. Do you have a level surface for locking up?
I do have a level surface, and checked that when I was all inked up. I know there is a thing as “over-tightening” as well… I tried a few things to no avail. I will be leveling this weekend. Thanks so much 🙂
you’re so quick Camille! yes- that website is really helpful.just remember, not all type is equal. some of that old stuff could be worn down creating the unlevel look when adjusting. also remember, when adjusting- just a hair of adjustment could be all that is needed! these old machines are tricky, but that’s what makes them fun!
Bit of an old thread but simple question, when leveling the platen by adjusting the screws, if I have an un-packed platen, should you aim for good deep impression or just a ‘kiss’ and rely on the platen packing to gain a deep impression after its leveled? – have been debating with father!