Vandercook 219 front “table”

I’m looking for the front “table” part of a Vanderdcook 219 and I thought someone on these boards might have that part or know where to look for it. The press I am receiving is missing the cast iron supports and the “table” that sit at the far right of the press at the end of the bed. My guess is that they were removed during the last time the press was moved in 1965 and have been lost some time in the last 55 years.

As you can see in the first picture attached this press is missing it. The second picture is of the part on a press I found online. Please let me know if you have these parts or know where I can locate them to purchase or perhaps to make castings etc.


– Josh Bryant

5 thoughts on “Vandercook 219 front “table”

  1. Hold Fast - October 16, 2020

    So it turns out that all parts are accounted for. In fact all that is missing is one spring from one of the gripper paper guides. Everything somehow showed up on moving day. Thanks everyone for giving some thought to this. I actually have a sheet metal guy locally who is going to recreate the board in the front which is plywood sandwiched between two pieces of carbon steel sheets with rounded corners and the holes for the stops etc. the original has some serious pits and dings as a college printshop press would likely get over 55 years of use.

    I’m currently restoring and giving her a little makeover and will be printing before you know it!

    ~ josh

  2. Eric Holub - October 9, 2020

    If you want to take measurements, there’s a complete 219NS at the San Francisco Center for the Book. I suspect the recent thread “Vandercook 219 Trip Lever Assembly” may be about that press. It is an Adjustable Bed model, but the brackets should be the same.

  3. The Arm NYC - October 8, 2020

    Did those missing parts turn up when you moved the press? I have the end stops in my spares, but not the rest of it unfortunately.


  4. Hold Fast - October 7, 2020

    Thanks Paul. Having had a 219 previously my experience is that the press will work just fine without these but from a restoration point of view I’d like to try having them fabricated if possible. If NA doesn’t have the drawings do you think it would be worth contacting other 219 owners to see if they could lend the supports for casting? What would you advise for a refabrication?

  5. Paul Moxon, Moderator - October 7, 2020

    It is highly unlikely that you will find these parts. I could not find a part number in the manual. With this number NA Graphics, which has the drawings could, in theory, have it fabricated. This would be expensive and take months.
    A swifter course of action would be to build something from scratch. You just need to get the height 0.050 below the press bed to accommodate galleys and holes on the underside to bolt to the cabinet. The supports could be made of wood. The top was sheet metal.

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