The letterpress is on its way to functionality! The hope was to have it ready this weekend, when my partner in crafty-crime will be here to help decipher the mystery, but we are not certain some vital parts will arrive in time. Disappointing. But exciting to finally be on the verge of learning how all this works!
Tools of the trade: The lovely man at Ace Hardware recommended the SOS pads, and let me tell you, those things are like magic at getting off the rust. And of course the trusty WD40 (which I always accidentally call DW40 and therefore completely lose face with the Ace Hardware man I'm sure) was put to good use. I think I used the entire can.
Not quite entirely clean, but a good two hours scrubbing and oiling I would say, and the parts that are supposed to move seem to move, and the hinges and springs are well lubricated, and the platen is as shiny as my arms and those fantastic SOS pads could handle in one sitting.
She's a beaut, yessiree! I just can't wait to ink up and make the first print!