Engineering Drawings of Hand Molds

(Also Photographs & Related Material)

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Parts Symboling Scheme

An attempt to establish a rational parts symboling scheme which will be useful across a range of plain and lever hand molds in the three major styles of construction.

I wrote this up as a LibreOffice / Apache OpenOffice document, so as to make it easier to print a shop copy. The icon at left links to a PDF version. Here's the original document: hand-mold-parts-symboling-scheme.odt

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HMA: A 19th Century Lever Hand Mold

Photographs, measured drawings (not engineering drawings), and 3-D digital models of a 19th century lever hand mold. Pica body. Probably of American origin. "Composite" style of construction.

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HMB: A Newly Drawn Plain Hand Mold

A newly drawn, but "generic" and of traditional construction, non-lever hand mold. For use with a traditional hand mold style of matrix. Depth of Drive: 0.050. American/English nick position. 24 point body. "Composite" style of construction.

Note: While they could be built (I hope), the purpose of HMB and HMC (below) is to provide digital models comparing Plain and Lever Hand Molds.

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HMC: A Newly Drawn Lever Hand Mold

A lever mold based on HMA. For use with a traditional hand mold style of matrix. Depth of Drive: 0.050. American/English nick position. 24 point body. "Composite" style of construction.

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HMD: Lanston Flat Mats

The HMA Plan Hand Mold adapted for use with Lanston Monotype display matrices (Type-&-Rule Caster matrices, though the corner-cuts are not required). Depth of Drive: 0.050 American/English nick position. 24 point body. "Composite" style of construction.

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