Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Typewriter Picnic

James, Ash & Kevin
James, Ash & Kevin

Typewriter Picnic
Typecast via Voss 50

James Copeland
James Copeland writing his script for Asbestos Falls

Kevin TypingKevin typing his journal

The ribbon cover is fitted and functional, and the carriage return lever doesn't hit it, though the clearance is close. I also had to router out a bit of wood from underneath, in order for some of the middle type slugs to not hit the frame as they return to their rest position.


I designed the shape of the opening on a whim, then drafted it onto thin cardboard as a template, before transferring to the 1/8" thick craft wood panel.


It'll take plenty of sanding, primer, more sanding, more primer, before the final coats of semi-gloss black. While there are other ways to fashion a makeshift ribbon cover, this method I enjoy.

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Blogger Bill M said...

Sounds like you had a good time.
Nice work on the ribbon cover.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

ergh, I miss typewriter gatherings.. ):
Great work on that Voss ribbon cover - looks good! (:

11:08 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Years ago I built a "executive" chair, using 4 panels of plywood for the back. I leaned them on bricks to get the initial shape, them fiber glassed both sides of each joint. What a strong joint. For your finish, you might cover with black dyed fiberglass. It will have that deep gloss, as well as add strength. You can finish it with rubbing compound for the perfect shine.

For the panorama photo of your typecast, consider a ticket order wheel like they use in restaurants,with a string around the shaft to power it. A little fan on a shaft could control the speed, and a weight for the power.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Mary E said...

That ribbon cover!! Wow - I want to try that. There are so many excellent typewriters out there without their tops.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Greg Short said...

I love the new ribbon cover! I daresay you should go for the wood panel look. A good stain and gloss coat and it will be the talk of the Typosphere.

I loved your video with James. What a fascinating character.

9:41 AM  

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