Posted by: gisspar | August 24, 2009

DIY Screenprinting table

I have a very nice aluminum frame screen that’s been sitting in a box for the last few years. Mostly for a lack of a smooth surface to use it on. Until now.

I had previously built (with some help) a large shelving unit to hold a couple of printers and other  supplies. The base of that unit is roughly 24 in wide, 32 in deep and 30 in high. Just not big enough to hold the screen without the squeegee running off one end. But an excellent size to serve as a base for a new, larger tabletop. So here it is, 3 x 4 ft of screenprinting surface.

The structure of the table

The structure of the table

The center rectangle slides over the top of the table base. It’s offset a bit so that the inner bit (sitting directly over the base) would also be the main screen area. So the image would be printed on a completely solid and warp-free area. I’m not so tall so the offset makes it a easier to reach across the table.

With the screen

With the screen

And the finished table top on the base. Plenty of room for the paper and the cups of ink. Not a bad bit of work for $40, some masonite and some pine. Any project that involves every clamp I own is a good one. (Yes, I know the squeegee is a bit small—I haven’t tracked down my larger one yet. But that’s alright since the ink hasn’t shipped.)

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