As the new owner of a Model 17, I have a question, maybe two, regarding dead bars and Handy Bars. But first let me say how grateful I am to Fritz Klinke who has been incredibly helpful with providing historical and operational details about my press; to Daniel Morris; and also to all of you who both ask questions and post.
Now the work starts:
1. My press was built in 1926 and has an open bed on both ends with an ink plate at the “bottom” end. There are two holes for steel dowel pins at the other end against which the dead bar registers.
a. In writings and postings about form lockup on the bed of Vandercook presses there is usually only a mention of three “sides” being used: the two bed sides and a Handy Bar or the more modern dead bar which is adjustable along the length of the bed with the two pins on its end engaging notches in the bed walls along the beds’ length. Is this lack of mentioning a fourth side because on most modern presses there is already a closed end that is the fourth side of the lockup “chase”?
b. On my press with the dead bar being limited to one location at the end does this therefore imply the need for a Handy Bar or other make-shift form of cross-bar to act as the forth side?
2. My press did not come with either the pins for the dead bar or the dead bar. The pins are a standard size and I’ve purchased replacements. The dead bar will be easy to make and the length and height are obvious but the width seems to me to be critical because this will not only determine the usable length of the bed but may impact (literally as well as figuratively) the movement of the cylinder. Does anyone have an original dead bar and can let me know the width? Or the width of a non-original they are using that works?
Any other comments related to these issues would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.