In need of some side guide parts & info…

I finally have found a side guide for the last of the seven Vandercooks here at The Arm, but it appears to be missing some pieces. I am not very familiar with this style of side guide so can anyone tell me (or show me) what it is that I am missing? I think this comes from a 219, but I will be using it on a Universal III.

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Daniel Morris
The Arm Letterpress
Brooklyn, NY

7 thoughts on “In need of some side guide parts & info…

  1. Fritz Klinke - July 31, 2007

    Caught this a little late–the BS-141 is a fairly simple part and I just pulled the blueprint for it, dated 1927. I’ll probably have our machine shop make up some of these as this part comes up missing.

  2. Paul Moxon, Moderator - July 26, 2007

    Mable: you can add links to photos on your site, Flickr page, etc. Complete url, beginning with http:// is needed. You may also email pics to me and I can post.

  3. lalapress - July 26, 2007

    Sorry, my goof. Didn’t realize I could not attach photos when replying to a post. If you forward me your email address, I can email pics directly to you. -Mable (

  4. lalapress - July 26, 2007

    Hi Daniel, Here are some photos of the 219 side guide if you still need them for reference. It looks like you are just missing the bottom metal plate which shouldn’t be too difficult to fabricate. Good luck! -Mable

  5. The Arm NYC - July 25, 2007

    Thanks for adding the image. It takes the mystery out of it. I should be able to make a piece like that…

    Daniel Morris
    The Arm Letterpress
    Brooklyn, NY

  6. The Arm NYC - July 25, 2007

    I feel like there is more to it than just a nut. There must be some kind of plate or casting or something that engages the threads of the clamp down bolt and accepts the pin beside it to keep it from rotating.
    Thanks for the link to Gerald’s Flickr. Maybe I can get him to take a photo of what is under the feed board.

    Daniel Morris
    The Arm Letterpress
    Brooklyn, NY

  7. Paul Moxon, Moderator - July 25, 2007

    I think all you need is a washer and nut to clamp it to the underside of the feed table. See this “schematic”:

    Gerald Lange has a good photo of this part on his “flickr”:

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