Published on December 5th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Printing press made from a chest of drawers

Materials: Ikea Kullen chest, wood, steel pipe

Description: I used a small chest of drawers to build a printing press.

Essentially it works like this. A printing press works by pushing a sheet of paper onto an engraved printing plate, so that the ink sticks to the paper. The engraved printing plate is attached to the inside back of the chest, and the paper is attached to the back of one of the drawers. You close the drawer until it hits the back of the chest, and it prints.

Of course, good quality printing requires a lot more force than the cabinet can withstand on its own, so I heavily reinforced the cabinet with wood, and added a steel pipe frame for better pressing leverage.

There is a full description, with lots of pictures, on my website.

~ Charles Duan

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6 Responses to Printing press made from a chest of drawers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Resistance movements under recurring tyrranies should immortalize this design for putting out underground newspapers and pamphlets. You deserve some kind of “freedom of the press” medal for this design. Why don’t you submit it to various “survivalist” websites? This design is good for society and civilization. Good on you !

  2. Jayne says:

    truly awesome. go you. and Dr Nakamats.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Now THAT is a hack!!

  4. Faith says:

    Best hack this year!

  5. Rafael says:

    Great!!!!! Nice job!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Gutenberg would be like “Dayum!” Nice job!

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