Making a 4 Color Screen Printing Press

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Project by Humus Workshop posted 06-08-2016 11:35 PM 21432 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this machine for a friend based on plans from, anyway if you note some differences with the plans, it is because after a time working on it we have made some changes in the dimensions of the parts and some reinforcements to improve the printings on other materials such as wood, for example.

This is a really versatile machine to make a lot of screen printing projects with great results, it can works with different materials as papers, fabrics, leather, wood and other porous materials.

For more details you can watch the how-to video on my YouTube channel, and by the way don’t forget to hit the like button and subscribe if you have enjoyed, all those good things are a huge bonus for the channel and keeps me doing these projects. So thanks if you already did it.

Hardware list

1 Lazy Susan Turntable of 6” x 6” x 3/4”

6 Screws of 2.5” to 3”

8 Lag eye screws of 1/4” x 3/4”

4 Lag eye screws of 3/16” x 1 3/8”

8 Springs of 5/8” x 3 3/4”

8 Hook & Eye Turnbuckles of 3/16” x 4”

4 Hinges of 3 1/2” wide

8 Metal C clamps of 2” x 1”

16 Wood screws of 2” x 1/8”

For any questions feel free to leave them on the comments below, on a message or email me.

-- Think, make and share.

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 11:38 PM

Awesome work,I really like the look printing press,its very well put together!!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#2 posted 06-09-2016 12:45 AM

This looks great! The makerspace I belong to is thinking about having a screenprinting setup, so I’ll show this to the folks in charge. Thanks for sharing this with us!

-- Currently turning lumber into sawdust at The Foundry,

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#3 posted 06-09-2016 03:59 AM

This is really cool. I made one of these years ago and printed a lot of four colour shirts on it. It was all kinds of fun. This one really brings back some good memories. It is very similar. I used screen hinges (see photo) mounted directly on the rotating centre piece but otherwise very similar.
How are you making your screens? I used mostly the photo emulsion methods but did some hand cut films as well. Of course this was 1980’s technology, pre-computer so I imagine there have been many advances.
Again, very cool. Thanks!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 06-09-2016 05:37 AM

Very challenging project, I saw video of ’’I LIKE TO MAKE STUFF’’ -he made simillar thing. Y ou made pretty cool version too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-09-2016 01:04 PM

Loved the video. Definitely would like to try making one of these. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 01:35 PM

This is a great piece of shop built equipment. Nice work and thanks for the video.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Humus Workshop

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#7 posted 06-10-2016 02:24 AM

Hello everyone! Thank you very much for your kind words, I really appreciate it.

-- Think, make and share.

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#8 posted 06-10-2016 03:54 PM

Very cool! , I made a four color press a while back, but I ended up giving it away. .. I still have my single color press tho…

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