Padding Press


I'll start with the finished picture of the padding press.  There are other pictures below of the finished press, before, and during. 

Here is a below picture.  This press was purchased off Ebay in the spring of 2014

So...what is a Padding Press or Tableting Press.  The picture below is from a Golding catalog showing how it's used to make tablets.  You place all your paper to be padded into the press, tighten it up, and then flip it up and out of the press area.  Once flipped over the bottom side can easily have padding compound applied to it and let dried before removing the paper from the press.  Padding the end of paper like this was used for making tablets or part of a book binding process. 

The restoration process started with tearing it apart and sand blasting each piece.  Each piece was primed and then painted.  Many of these items from this time period came with fancy pin striping on them, so what follows is a few pin striping pictures. 

The first step is the longest and hardest step - laying out what you want to do.  I first had to dream up some sort of pinstripe.  Remember back to some Golding press I've seen I decided on a stripe similar to what is on the piece of paper.  This was about the fourth try at something that would look nice, and would fit.  Once I have the design I then made measurements on the piece and marked them with pieces of tape which helps when striping the item.

Here's after a couple stripes have been laid down on the piece.  You can see my tape is NOT used to make the stripe, it's used for measurements.  It's also used to run my stripe onto.  This lets you make a nice end to the stripe.  When I remove the tape I have a nice clean end to work from for my next stripe.


Here I've finished with my main part of the stripe and from here out the stripe is done by looks alone, no more measurements. 


It sort of like connecting the dots....once the first couple stripes are down you have to follow the angles and design.  It's key at first to get the idea of where your later stripes will end up.  You don't want to start and then later find out your first ones were to long and now your stripes won't fit on the piece. 

Now the fun...the gold pin striping is done.  Need to add a little color to really make this piece sharp.  The right shade of red is key to give it that period look.  I filled in the arrow points with this red by taping that area off and air brushing them.  This could also be done by free hand painting the same area red. 


Hand crank side - also note I ran a simple gold stripe on the two lower brace piece, just followed the edge of the piece.

Close up