How to build a one color screenprinting press?

Hey everyone! Ive gotten a couple requests for the plans I used for my screen-printing press, so Ive decided to do a full post detailing my process. How to build a one-color screenprinting press? Here are their plans for a one-color print

My one-color press

Hey everyone!  I’ve gotten a couple requests for the plans I used for my screen printing press, so I’ve decided to do a full post detailing my process. How to build a one-color screenprinting press? Here are their plans for a one-color screen printing press:

The alterations I made to the plan involve a curved top for the shirt board (approximately 5 inches added on to piece B).  This just makes it easier to center the shirt collar while printing.  If you don’t have the right power-tools to do this don’t worry about it, it’s not necessary.  I used a band saw to make the curve and a router for the edges.  Depending on what grade of plywood you use, you may or may not want to use the router, it might cause blowout on cheaper plywood.  I had some extra oak high-grade, so I didn’t have any problems.  After you assemble all your pieces with regular wood glue, coat the whole thing with some wipe-on polyurethane to protect the wood from warping, ect.
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How to build a one-color screenprinting press

When you finish the wood assembly, you just need to screw on the hinge-clamps.  You can order these from screenprinting specialty stores.  My favorite source for screenprinting supplies is Victory Factory.  Another thing you’ll want to do is get some re-posisionable spray adhesive.  If you do a quick spray onto the shirtboard, the shirt will not stick to your screen if you lift the screen up.  This makes it really easy to re-print if it doesn’t work the first time!!  The spray will wear out after around 20 shirts or so, so don’t worry about ruining your nice new screen printing press or shirts.

hinge-clamps.

That’s pretty much all there is to it!  You can also duplicate these plans if you want to make a more elaborate four-color screen printing press system.  If you have any questions let me know!  I’d love to hear your results.  Happy printing!

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