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Our Ink Roller Box

Ian Johnson

Keeping your ink rollers round and true is one of the essential responsibilities of a letterpress printer.  These soft rubbery things are incredibly precisely cast, and are soooo easily dented or distorted.  Leaving them on an ink disk or plate for even an hour can damage them irreversibly, so it’s of utmost importance to have a safe home to store them in, rather than on the press.  


We couldn’t find anything online that was just right (or affordable) to keep our rollers in.  There are roller boxes here and there online, but we needed one that could store six 8x12 C&P rollers at the same time and there was nothing available.


So I made one.


Six rollers at a time!

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I’m pretty proud of it.  While I don’t have any woodworking skills or a shop to speak of, it came out pretty well.  I designed it all in Sketchup, and built it in the garage.  Actually, I still need to cleanup all that sawdust…  please don’t tell Mina:).


The design uses two levels which each hold three rollers at a time, and keeps them suspended above the bottom and separated from each other.  Therefore as George Bluth says, we have… “No touching!”  The nifty part of the design is that both sets of shelves are removable from the box itself (while holding rollers), so you can remove each set independently while never having to set a roller out on a surface.  Maximum functionality!  


I’ve had a few requests to make these for sale, but as I said, I sort of have no idea what I’m doing.  I wish I was efficient enough to be able to produce these commercially, but I definitely am not.  This took me over three days of solid work to produce.  However, if you would like to build one yourself I’ll happily provide the Skectchup plans.  Just shoot me an email!  ian -at-



getting greasy, nbd

removable trays

roller tray detail

roller tray detail

without the top tray