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1895 German Book Press "Alexanderwerk" - Restoration

  • Published on Dec 20, 2021 veröffentlicht
  • In this video I'm going to restore a very rusty, broken and completely stuck antique german book press. After a bit of research I was able to find out that this book press was made by Alexanderwerk in 1895.
    The disassembly was quite tough. All the threads have been very rusty and only got loose with a lot of heat and penetrating oil. The feet and top plate had rivet connections. Removing the heads of the rivet wasn't enough to get them loose, I had to drill them completely out.
    I've soaked all the threaded parts in rust remover and sandblasted the remaining parts to get rid of all the rust. The holes of the feet and top plate have not been very accurate at all, for that reason I decided to close them all with welding and remake them all. I also milled and filed all five feet clean, parallel and to the same height. I've polished all the parts that won't get painted and nickel plated them for rust protection. I applied bluing liquid on all the other parts, maily to have rust protection where the paint doesn't cover the parts such as the upper side of the feet. Then I painted the riveted pieces with primer and black coat. To make a nice antique look I decided to add some gold decoration to the top plate and the yoke, which turned out absolutely amazing in my opinion.
    Reassembling was really easy, especially compared to the disassembly. I really like how this book press has turned out. The very glossy black paint with the golden details looks absolutely amazing and it fits perfectly with the polished and nickel plated parts. The brushed brass handle balls are the cherry on top.
    I hope you like my work and the video.
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Comments • 9 490

  • A. R.
    A. R. Year ago +1159

    Someone in the future will wonder how an 1890's book press was machined with such precise tooling.

    • William findspennies
      William findspennies Month ago

      UFO technology

    • Whisper
      Whisper 2 months ago

      “Man those Germans were so advanced.”

    • TubeHeiress
      TubeHeiress 3 months ago

      Sir, your skills are impressive. Love watching your videos.

    • Creepy Eevee
      Creepy Eevee 5 months ago

      To this day we still ask ourselves that question on how they made some of this stuff

    • Simon Langley
      Simon Langley 5 months ago +3

      @Marios M I could see this if it were in working order but just worn to begin with, but it wasn't. It was a worthless piece of junk when he started.
      All my chisels and planes I bought second hand cheaply and restored. None of them looks new but they had all worked so they just needed cleaning up. The signs of wear from the previous owner(s) are part of their story. That's different to something that was either going to be fully restored or just thrown away, like this press would have been.

  • sinister76
    sinister76 10 months ago +239

    I have binge watched for about 2 hours now! Is there anything you can't do?!? Everything you restore is absolutely superb!!!

    • Andrew Calvert
      Andrew Calvert 3 months ago

      @PistolPete343 yeah a johngillis replied to me with the same response, my reply to him is above but his comment has gone, thanks anyway 👍

    • PistolPete343
      PistolPete343 3 months ago

      @Andrew Calvert He actually uses some of the tools he's restored in the past in videos afterward.

    • Andrew Calvert
      Andrew Calvert 3 months ago

      @John Gillis oh ok no worries, not really watched that many, but thanks for the heads up😉

    • Andrew Calvert
      Andrew Calvert 3 months ago

      @my mechanicswhat do you do with your projects, do you keep them, do you sell them, do you give them away, or maybe raffle them, I hope you keep them for your own pleasure and collection of your amazing projects
      I to would keep them so I hope your answer is the same as mine
      Your work is a joy to watch ;)

    • J. M.inion
      J. M.inion 6 months ago +7

      I raise your 2 with almost 3 hours xD just discovered this channel and I'm equally amazed!

  • Diane Ruiz
    Diane Ruiz 7 months ago +152

    The printers of 1890s would be brought to tears if they saw the beauty in this. This piece belongs in a museum. You are absolutely amazing!

    • Seona Elizabeth Coster
      Seona Elizabeth Coster 4 months ago +2

      @my mechanics I'm not a bookbinder, 1890s edition or otherwise, though it does interest me hugely. That said, if kill for a bookpress this beautifully restored, ready and able to be used as intended

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  7 months ago +10

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!🙌🏻👍🏻🙌🏻

  • Koto Gray
    Koto Gray 3 months ago +60

    You certainly deserve all the success of this channel. You work very hard to bring us this amazing content and I appreciate it very much

    • nigel Holland
      nigel Holland Month ago +1

      What a brilliant job you are certainly skilled amazing.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  3 months ago +4

      Thank you so much for your support :-) much appreciated

  • Ron.V
    Ron.V 3 months ago +12

    I was thinking, "This person has all the skill of an experienced German machinist", then I saw the lettering on the toolbox. I should have known. Your skills show centuries worth of experience brought down to the modern age. Thanks for showing the rest of the world how it's done.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  3 months ago

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much

  • happyslacks
    happyslacks 11 months ago +100

    I have been a book binder for thirty-plus years and have never seen a more beautiful press. I would give a limb to have this in my studio!

    • J Muller
      J Muller 10 months ago +2

      I have one here in Berlin. where do you live? I can check on shipping costs. It weighs about 70 pounds though. Obviously not in the same condition as the one in the video after restoration. But a lot better than at the beginning.

    • Don Jones
      Don Jones 10 months ago +6

      I've seen a few of these around, still in use and well cared for. It always struck me that the makers would go out of business because their product wouldn't wear out. Just looked on line - book presses are still made, but are super ugly. And they look like they'll need replacement in less than a decade, not a century.

    • giggleherz
      giggleherz 10 months ago +6

      I have one in my shop collecting dust, I always thought it was for bank notes. It's not made in Germany and the whole thing is cast iron including the nuts and bolts. Problem with these is the weight makes shipping cost crazy.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 months ago +11

      Oh thank you so much, really appreciated!

  • TJ Thorne
    TJ Thorne Year ago +4248

    A few under-appreciated things about this man:
    • No matter stuck the nut or bolt. You never hear him struggling/grunting.
    • Hands are kept clean and perfectly manicured. Not a single speck of dirt under his nails.
    • The amount of work he puts not just into the piece he’s restoring, but also the filming and editing of the video, replying to near every comment and question, and taking care of his people on Patreon.
    • How he is able to keep all the parts organized and remember where they go even after removing them from the exploded view in order to wash them.
    What a guy.

    • Kemsi
      Kemsi 5 months ago

      @my mechanics ззззжхх😊хххзз😅

    • richard ebbole
      richard ebbole 5 months ago

      too fine to believe

    • Grimalkin Felidae
      Grimalkin Felidae 5 months ago

      @my mechanics We love you our faceless restoration god 💖❤️‍🔥

    • El NEGRO
      El NEGRO 7 months ago


    • bensilicate
      bensilicate 7 months ago

      No, because of the macro zoom he own now

  • Geoff Powell
    Geoff Powell 29 days ago +1

    Just outstanding. This is perhaps one of your best restorations. Your patience, attention to detail and skill have me mesmerised every time. Thanks for making the world a better place.

  • watrgrl2
    watrgrl2 11 months ago +52

    Wow! I bet that book press didn’t look that amazing when it was new! What a fantastic job you did on it even restoring the gold painted details like the original had. I googled the brand and found one exactly like what you restored. Amazing what they wanted for it too $1289 in Belgium but over 1600 just to get it into the US. That will now be a treasure for someone to own and use for another 100 years.

  • Paul Lieberuks
    Paul Lieberuks 11 months ago +17

    Wie immer, absolute Perfektion !!!
    Nicht nur die Arbeit an sich, oder das Ergebnis, sondern das Ganze…
    Und das fängt damit an, dass alle Gefäße immer super sauber sind und nicht der Schmadder der letzten Restaurationen noch an den Rändern hängt…
    Für mich ist und bleibt dieser Kanal das Maß aller Dinge für Restaurationen !!!
    Mach bitte weiter so 👍🏼

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 months ago +2

      Herzlichen Dank für den schönen Kommentar!

  • Pandemiesepeter
    Pandemiesepeter 10 months ago +15

    Ich hab schon sehr viele Restaurierungskanäle angeschaut aber nur bei dir Entspann ich mich, wahrscheinlich liegt es an deiner detaillierten ruhigen Art in der du alles zeigst. Bitte mach weiter so. Danke

    • So Typ
      So Typ 24 days ago

      @my mechanics Komme aus dem Metallbau und finde deine Videos recht gut. Hab auch das eine oder andere daraus gelernt. Dankesehr.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago +5

      Vielen herzlichen Dank für deine Worte, das freut mich sehr. Ich bleibe dran ;-)

  • janusz rekin
    janusz rekin 3 months ago +78

    I am writing in broken English from Poland -- I am 59 years old, all my life I have been making nice things out of wood, steel, glass or stone but seeing what you are doing I find that I don't know how to do anything, just GREAT HAPPINESS!!!!!! You are the master of the world!!!!! I admire the determination as well as the skill, once again CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    • peter konitzer
      peter konitzer Month ago

      The difference is the TOOLS .His shop tools are in thousands of dollars ( many 5 digits ) .Stick to wood my friend ( pozdrawiam z Toronto ) .

    • Sounds of Nature
      Sounds of Nature 2 months ago +2

      Koledzy mają rację Twój angielski jest dobry i zrozumiały. Pozdrawiam z Niemiec

    • Busrayne
      Busrayne 2 months ago +1

      @Gabriel Teixeira Sad; but true.

    • Gabriel Teixeira
      Gabriel Teixeira 2 months ago +5

      Your English is better than most people who have lived in the US their entire lives :-)

    • Patrick Crowther
      Patrick Crowther 3 months ago +6

      Your English is very good.

  • caravaggio31
    caravaggio31 Year ago +1901

    Lets put it clear: "my mechanics" is not just a restorator, he's an artist.

    • Beverly Ledbetter
      Beverly Ledbetter 4 months ago

      What about the handle?? Shine that up too, man!😁

    • Andy Traverse
      Andy Traverse 7 months ago

      @It ain’t rocket science but totally devaluing the antique in the process

    • Andy Traverse
      Andy Traverse 7 months ago

      This is just basic engineering craftsman machining/fitting/repair, not really the work of an artist. I suppose it might look impressive to someone who's never got their hands dirty making something.

    • Ron 4578
      Ron 4578 7 months ago +1

      After watching this restoration, I MOST DEFINITELY AGREE TO THAT!!! 😊

    • head moja
      head moja 8 months ago +1

      I agree

  • Mahmud Saidych
    Mahmud Saidych 10 months ago +6

    Такая работа вызывает только восхищение. 👍👍👍

  • Vezonn
    Vezonn 3 months ago +44

    Can we also talk about how AWESOME that black/gold finish looks?

  • Paula Emme Higa
    Paula Emme Higa 2 months ago +3

    OMG the final result was just amazing. I love your channel for a long time, but this video just blew my mind 🤯. Specially being a bookbinder myself, the amount of work and love you put on this... Just amazing! The way all the parts move... I could only wish my bookpress was this beautiful! 🤩Congrats for another brilliant work 👏👏👏!!!

  • Connor
    Connor 9 months ago +31

    I just love how he was like “casting is very uneven” meanwhile I said to myself” dude it was made in 1894/5 they did what they could 😂. Amazing restoration!!

  • PH
    PH 3 months ago +6

    Absolutely incredible restoration! Really, that press is in “better than new” condition.

  • itwouldntsurpriseme
    itwouldntsurpriseme Year ago +414

    I showed this channel to my father a couple years ago, and we absolutely loved to watch it together. He passed away a little over a year ago, and watching now reminds me of him in the best way possible. Great job on the book press!

    • _justpuro_
      _justpuro_ 6 months ago +2

      He may be watching with you in spirit

    • Jennifer Bauters
      Jennifer Bauters 6 months ago +6

      So sorry about your loss but glad you have good memories to remember!
      I wanted to show this to my dad too, but he passed before I could. So relieved to know someone else had the same idea!

    • Matthew Windisch
      Matthew Windisch 11 months ago +1


    • Bl00ster
      Bl00ster Year ago +3

      I'm so sorry about your father. May his memory be a blessing.

    • Brooke Hanner
      Brooke Hanner Year ago +10

      so sorry fro your loss. I am glad you have something that can make you guys feel close!

  • Ольга Остапенко

    Шикарная работа какая красота получилась. Получила столько удовольствия от просмотра этого видео. Браво мастеру.

  • Toby Gates
    Toby Gates 8 days ago +1

    i cant believe how intricate and new he made it, even down to the light dents, impressed beyond belief

  • Bruce Freedman
    Bruce Freedman 9 months ago +5

    This is absolutely without a doubt the best restoration you have done here in my opinion. The black with the gold stripes is simply awesome, and makes all those nice chrome parts really stand out.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  9 months ago

      So glad to hear that, thank you very much 😁

  • Jan Winterhagen
    Jan Winterhagen 3 months ago +30

    I grew up a few hundred metres from the Alexanderwerk factory in Remscheid, Germany where this was made. Amazing restoration effort :)

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl Month ago

    I am amazed that I can get so excited about a nut or bolt turning, finally. You did a fantastic job on this book press and I’m sure the owner is more than excited to receive a working press as I was to see years of stuck parts and rust disappear! Great job!!

  • Árni Viðar Björgvinsson

    I absolutely love how this turned out. The gold striping was *definitely* the way to go here! Such a warm and simple detail that ties the whole thing together.

    • Mohammad Saabneh
      Mohammad Saabneh 9 months ago

      @Tolga Sezgin قلبي

    • Árni Viðar Björgvinsson
      Árni Viðar Björgvinsson 9 months ago +1

      ​@Connor DOH! Sorry about that!

    • Connor
      Connor 9 months ago +1

      Like yes it was very clean but seeing how this was the top comment and I saw it literally as soon as the video started… thanks for the spoiler 😂

    • Andrew Wilson
      Andrew Wilson 10 months ago

      It is so beautiful, I could cry.

    • Alexei
      Alexei 10 months ago

      Expected the balls to be polished as well

  • Eliabe & Nyck Johann Jazz

    Estou encantado com suas restaurações. Trabalho espetacular!!

  • Anthony Peters
    Anthony Peters 7 months ago +2

    The level of detail is astounding, a true master of the craft. I have been binge watching these restoration videos for the past few nights after work.

  • jose torres
    jose torres 13 days ago

    ví pela segunda vez. Que perfeição!!!

  • Malcolm Lansdown
    Malcolm Lansdown 4 months ago +1

    One of the most satisfying restorations you’ve done! Awesome channel and well done on growing it to where it is today.

  • R&R Skits
    R&R Skits 5 months ago +11

    I really appreciate the green filter you put on while you are welding!

  • joseph
    joseph Year ago +439

    I wish the original creator of this press could see how well this was restored. True craftsmanship. Great job 👏

    • Shawn Cole
      Shawn Cole Year ago

      @CB Gardner your definition of hatchet job is very wrong. If I did this in my garage without the skills and tools needed and it was half assed then that would be a hatchet job. This man has a superior skillset and proper understanding of what needs to be done. He clearly uses as much of the original as possible. The finished product and how it is labeled is a matter of opinion and how it will be used. Hatchet job, unskilled, wrong, or anything similar ....well these are all just the wrong words being used by someone who doesn't understand

    • Sailormatlac
      Sailormatlac Year ago +2

      @Ermias75 Ermis I agree. And My Mechanics isn't about "authentic restoration" but rather "what if" these objects have been manufactured to higher standard. Since he's clear with his intentions and goals, I can perfectly accept this type of restoration. He's doing a much better job than many others on YT and at the end of the day, he generally restore the mechanical functions and take care replicating traditional techniques like riveting, Which is interesting. BTW, I love old objects dents, patina and other such imperfections. But as pure entertainment and technical demonstration, MM does a fascinating job even if I find myself often not agreeing with his methods.

    • Christopher Bedford
      Christopher Bedford Year ago

      @ceset I actually forgot about the "humourless" characterisation 😆 but as soon as you mentioned it I recalled the comedian Henning Wehn who brings it up in some of his sets. He moved to the UK because "the Brits have more more of sense of humour" - yeah, OK. Actually just a different sense of humour. I'm a big fan of English humour but the Brits just won't leave the war alone and I'm not sure that's about humour or something else...

    • ceset
      ceset Year ago

      @Christopher Bedford guess I played into the stereotype of humorless Germans then hahaha.
      Ive really met people who think this way about Germany and Germans seriously, hence my reaction
      Austria is pretty different!

  • envitech02
    envitech02 5 months ago +3

    What a beautiful work of art!! I like the way it was restored, especially the gold border trim on the plate and spreader bar. What an awesome labour of love!!

  • Mike Dunklee
    Mike Dunklee 3 months ago +1

    Once again I'm blown away by your perfection! Amazing work as usual!

  • Frau Farbisina
    Frau Farbisina Month ago +1

    I was about to skip the welding but you thought about that and put a filter. I appreciate it. You're the first one I've seen do that. Thank you for taking it to the next level :)

  • Natan Caetano
    Natan Caetano 11 months ago +2

    Man, the work that you do is simply unparalleled. There's NO other channel doing it as pristinely as you.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  9 months ago

      Nice to hear that, thank you very much 😁

  • susie pattinson
    susie pattinson 2 months ago

    What a joy to see these beautiful old devices restored with such care and precision. They are works of art.

  • hi
    hi Year ago +485

    i like how he makes the screen darker when he welds so it doesnt hurt our eyes, quite subtle but not many people do it. i appreciate it and the work put into something that we all like to see, yet never even thought about before seeing such a well done restoration

    • Porter Wake
      Porter Wake Year ago +1

      It can trigger migraines as well.

    • Alexis Zapata
      Alexis Zapata Year ago

      There’s no screen device that can hurt your eyes but okay

    • ceset
      ceset Year ago

      @Gul Muhammad that can happen too, but not in the way it is in the video, and if you have automatic exposure set instead :)

  • john pedersen
    john pedersen 9 months ago +2

    I have been after a bookpress for so long, they are hard to come by and in a rusty state they can still fetch $1300 AU.
    This would be one of the best bookpress restorations i have seen on YT.
    That is bloody beautiful mate.

  • Burnt Bills
    Burnt Bills 4 months ago +2

    I admire your work you are an amazing restorer. I hope to see more amazing works in the future! :)

  • NeedsMoreBirds
    NeedsMoreBirds Year ago +3

    It's always a delight to see you using tools that you've previously restored on camera! I love your restoration videos.

  • lazur2012
    lazur2012 5 months ago +1

    The restoration is top-notch as always, but the machine is also really cool itself.

  • Philip Spiro
    Philip Spiro 11 months ago +4

    I don’t usually comment on videos but watching this one, and his others, is like meditation to me. His attention to detail is wonderful and, like others, I appreciate the fact there’s no music. Just the sounds of art happening. He gives OCD a good name! Makes me want to go out and spend a lot of money on metal working tools.

  • joint831
    joint831 Year ago +20

    25 минут кайфа и, как обычно, оттягивание просмотра для того чтобы насладиться в самое подходящее время дня

  • Ron 4578
    Ron 4578 7 months ago +7

    I'd say that you MOST DEFINITELY outdid yourself with this job!!!
    You had me completely fooled with those two large, square plates! It looked at first, as though you were gonna leave them just as they were, after you repaired and "blued" them, and I thought: "No! Don't leave them like that!!" 😊
    Then, when you started applying the filler; I smiled to myself, & breathed a BIG sigh of relief!! 😊
    I should've known, after watching many of your previous videos, that you weren't gonna leave those pieces that way, and you surely did not disappoint!!! Beautiful work, with the paint job, and the striping!! 😊
    Best Wishes & Here's to many more outstanding restorations, like this one!!
    Abilene, Texas; USA

  • Mark Binder
    Mark Binder 2 months ago

    I’ve probably said this before, but I mean it this time…. This is my favorite restoration. Amazing craftsmanship!

  • Роман Власов
    Роман Власов 3 months ago +8

    Вы возвращаете к жизни такие уникальные вещи! Спасибо от всех, кто понимает зачем это нужно! Браво!!!

  • Dopravní Poradce
    Dopravní Poradce 3 months ago +2

    This is so calming, relaxing, soothing... it made my day better. You are so great! The finished press is so beautiful!

  • Serg Serg
    Serg Serg 14 days ago +1

    Идеальное восстановление! Приятно смотреть на работу профи котоый знает как и что делает.

  • Kimberly Meira
    Kimberly Meira Year ago +229

    This is hands down the best restoration channel on Clip-Share period. Truly amazing ✨

    • Irate Puffin
      Irate Puffin Year ago +3

      @Oddities & Whatnot once you’ve watched how meticulous this man is and see the attention to detail and how he doesn’t skimp on anything, it’s hard to watch the other channels. I find myself thinking “my mechanics would’ve not skipped that detail.” Lol

    • Oddities & Whatnot
      Oddities & Whatnot Year ago +3

      Yes, there's a few others out there but I cant bring myself to watch any of them. Ive been watching this one for a long time and I enjoy the familiarity of this channel. Some people only ever drive one make of car because they are happy and nothing else interests them even if other cars are better value or are more economical or trendy.

  • brianpatten
    brianpatten 10 months ago

    I cannot tell you how satisfying it was to see how great a job you did with this. From details like drilling out the old rivets to seeing the whole finished product, you rocked this. Thanks so much for your hard work, and for sharing your passion!

  • Caio Mitjans
    Caio Mitjans 3 months ago +1

    nossa voce sempre me surpreende! nunca imaginei que iria deixar essa peça desta tal maneira... parabens pelo serviço! está me lembrando muito um programa que dava no HISTORY CHANEL , MESTRE DA RESTAURAÇÃO.

  • Chanderpreet 50 Singh
    Chanderpreet 50 Singh 7 months ago +3

    I bet he’s always excited when it’s time to wash them and make them rust free. ‘Cause i love watching these videos.
    And Thank you for dimming the video during welding.

  • Christine Joy
    Christine Joy 10 months ago +10

    I was a bookbinder before I got married 40yrs ago. I would love to own a press like this.. it’s functional and a work of art.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago +2

      Very cool. I often see them on fleamarkets ;-)

  • Miranda B
    Miranda B 6 months ago +2

    Of all your videos that I've been catching up on over the last few days this one is my favourite and have just finished watching it for the 3rd time.
    I think it's because I find it easier to follow when there are fewer tiny pieces that you need to work on.
    I'm in complete awe of what you repair and make from scratch on your lathe, but that's also where I get lost in terms of where that small piece fits into the completed restoration.
    So so soothing to watch. Very happy that I came across your channel. 💜

  • Vickie Bligh
    Vickie Bligh Year ago +171

    MM, once again I am in awe of your phenomenal abilities. You took this damaged book press and created a work of art. It looked so simple and easy, yet it turned out to be so complicated. It was sad, tired, and past its usefulness. Now look at it. Magnificent & beautiful. Thanks for giving us such a wonderful time with your skills of machining, restoring, storytelling, and filming. The happiness I get from watching your videos should be bottled and spread all over the world. Thank you for being here my friend.
    The rest of this may be TLDR, I don’t care, it needs to be said. I have been a follower of My Mechanics for over a year & a half. I am in awe of his skills and abilities. I know next to nothing on how to use most of the tools he has in his shop, yet I can easily follow each and every step he takes. Sometimes I can anticipate what is coming next. This young man is half my age, yet I would willingly stand for hours next to him in his shop watching and learning from him in real time.
    For the past several weeks I’ve been reading comments on MM’s videos. Lots & lots of comments. For the vast majority of you, I am in 100% agreement. Somehow, you’ve found the words to describe the happiness, excitement, and satisfaction his restorations bestow and of course the pure joy of “I Make A New One”. He has talents and abilities someone decades older would crave yet has the humility & respect for others that we all should emulate. He demonstrates that respect and tact when people are rude, condescending, and downright nasty in their comments.
    There are many of you who get upset that ‘he destroys history’, ‘he’s destroyed the value of X’. Nonsense. He’s not going into the Louvre to grab something or take a one of a kind art piece “to make it new”. He’s taking mass produced items that have been thrown away, discarded, trashed, having a value of zero, and returning them to new. To functionality. Extending their lives. Just because something is old, doesn’t make it an antique or valuable. If scratches & dents are what floats your boat, this probably isn’t the channel for you. But I encourage you to stay. Because if you watch with an open mind, you may learn something. I know I have.
    I watch and subscribe to a bunch of restoring channels (Hi Tysy, Mister Patina, Dr. Beer, etc). I love their content and watch with great anticipation. I learn from them as well. But I will be honest, if I had to choose only one to watch, it would hands down be My Mechanics. Danke, MM, dass du deine Fähigkeiten und Talente mit uns allen teilst. Ich schätze es sehr.

    • Dwight L
      Dwight L Year ago

      @juliettpapa The same as the English mountaineer spoke: “Because it’s there.” - George Mallory

    • Andee Kaydot
      Andee Kaydot Year ago +1

      paul s So I was quite embarrassed about how the writer of that 1st posting had been attacked, but I also appreciate if someone finally recognizes he's been playing a false tune, and is able to apologize - even with a little help of some friends.
      Finally, Christmas Time is coming, so, despite of anything that might be embarassing throughout the whole year:
      Peace, and Merry Christmas to all who've been reading here! AK

    • Vickie Bligh
      Vickie Bligh Year ago

      paul s Thank you sir. I agree about MM.

    • Andee Kaydot
      Andee Kaydot Year ago

      paul s If you think so - then it thankfully was kicked out of visibity by s.o. in command of this channel

    • Andee Kaydot
      Andee Kaydot Year ago +1

      As to my above posting in this thread:
      That "special" person meanwhile deleted his/her nasty comment; nonetheless I'll let mine standing in order to remind such people to use their brain first instead of senselessly and rudely attacking other users who perhaps are a little more capable than themselves in expressing their feel and think about great craftspeople displaying their work around here. ;-)

  • Юлия Рябова
    Юлия Рябова 4 months ago +1

    О Боже, это так красиво! Невозможно представить, что этой вещи больше 100 лет, как будто это супер современный и дорогой агрегат.

  • Sevim koş
    Sevim koş Month ago

    One of the most beautiful book press I have ever seen. What an amazing taste they had back then…

  • Doug
    Doug 11 months ago +1

    I like how you repair and restore antiques. You go many steps further to the minute details than what the original manufacture did when producing their products. Of course this only happens when you have the correct tools to do the job. Keep up the great workmanship, your channel is one of the best on restorations.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago

      Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :-)

  • John Hansford
    John Hansford Month ago

    Fantastic, as usual. Thanks for another great restoration.

  • Eboni Mom
    Eboni Mom 8 months ago +1

    I know nothing of restoration but I truly enjoy watching these. At the beginning, I always wonder how you will handle certain parts that look hard to restore, but you always do it flawlessly. You make me feel safe

  • Bitplex
    Bitplex Year ago +316

    In my eyes you've always been the most innovative restorer on Clip-Share. Your ingenuity is next level and I always getting excited when you release a video.

    • Alex Beamish
      Alex Beamish Year ago +3

      Ditto .. your production is very spare, no commentary, no background music, but the restoration visuals are really captivating. And the gold pinstripe on the black paint looks fabulous. Thanks!

    • Jason Lamb
      Jason Lamb Year ago +5

      The final test is so important!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Year ago +23

      Wow, thank you!

  • ConservativeOkie
    ConservativeOkie Month ago

    One of my favorites to date! Beautiful, skilled craftsmanship and attention to detail! Phenomenal!!

  • Quint Bush
    Quint Bush 9 days ago +1

    The most beautiful restoration I have seen. The tape work and paint is exquisite, though simple.

  • 19samson32
    19samson32 7 months ago +2

    Your work ethic and attention to detail is impeccable 💯

  • Fábio
    Fábio 6 months ago +1

    Parabéns pelos excelentes trabalhos de restauração, és um artista!

  • Timothy Steinbrunner
    Timothy Steinbrunner 10 months ago +2

    What an incredible Restoration!! Good work!

    NNICKKK Year ago +101

    Had the good fortune to spend 10 years as a bookbinder until recently, using these presses and some standing presses like these (but that are over 7ft tall) for pressing and jointing dozens of volumes in one go. An integral part of the bookbinders set up. They command a good price second hand. Finding good versions is rare and modern versions are normally inferior. Look forward to watching this one in full. Absolutely love your content and great to see the humble book press get some love.

      NNICKKK Year ago

      @my mechanics just watched this now in full! Unbelievable as always. 🙏

      NNICKKK Year ago +1

      @Southern Soul yes I worked in a few different areas but only did a few bespoke volumes myself. The more exotic commissions were handled by the more skilled senior colleagues of mine! Worked on a few restorations of bibles and various other personal items for people over the years. It was a pretty interesting job to say the least. The bread and butter of my work was producing thesis for various universities, for graduating doctors etc among other things. About the most unusual and most moving thing I made was a memento box/case for the family of a colleague of mine who took his own life in 2019- they wanted something to keep various papers and family photos in, so I made a clamshell box. Turned out to be one of the last things I did in that job but it is profound when your work has a strong connection to the client. I'm sure many craftsmen and women can relate to those kind of things when you have that kind of job.

    • Southern Soul
      Southern Soul Year ago +5

      Did you do book restorations or just custom book binding for like special editions or something? I figure a specially made custom bound book that wasn't mass printed would be worth a lot more.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Year ago +14

      Thank you very much, I hope you like it.

  • Eve B
    Eve B 7 months ago

    You are so creative, gifted and talented. The 1895 German Book Press looks brand new and ready for use.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  7 months ago

      Thank you very much, I really do appreciate it :-)

  • jluis pozo
    jluis pozo 2 months ago

    ¡Vaya un trabajo magnífico!👏

  • Carrie's Comments
    Carrie's Comments 11 months ago

    It never ceases to amaze me how awesome your restoration work is - the finished result was absolutely stunning!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 months ago +1

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much

  • Steve Cavell
    Steve Cavell 7 months ago +1

    Love the channel, wonderful engineering and what makes it even better, no annoying music.

  • Chris Ward
    Chris Ward 11 months ago

    This guy goes way beyond anything I could ever be bothered to do. That in itself shows his impressive levels of dedication. I just can't even describe how beautiful that thing is. I don't need one but now I want this one haha.

  • Антон Николаев

    Просто невероятный мастер, фантастические руки и голова...и огромный запас терпения для такой кропотливой работы. Большое удовольствие смотреть его видео!!!

  • B. L. R.
    B. L. R. 26 days ago +1

    Felicitaciones. El artista ha fabricado una prensa maravillosa, mejor que la original. Para desarrollar esa tarea es indispensable disponer no solo de la perfeccion y las habilidades, sino de mucho dinero para tener ese taller. El valor mercantil de ese instrumento no es simple para imaginar. Me alegro de tener una prensa similar a la del video, con la ventaja de que su estado es casi impecable. Saludos y gracias por compartir. Ahora conozco mejor mi propia prensa y la aprecio mas.

  • Yeshua is Lord
    Yeshua is Lord 2 months ago

    Belíssimo trabalho, parabéns!

  • Jonas Weiss
    Jonas Weiss 11 months ago

    Meticulous restoration. Thank you. The wonder of your patience, dexterity and vision, for all to be inspired by.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  11 months ago

      Nice to hear that, thank you very much :-)

  • fablehill
    fablehill 7 months ago

    To be clear, I think your work is absolutely amazing. I am curious if this is really restoration though, with the amount of subtle improvements being made that aren't about getting it to it's original "new" state, but something better.

    A_&_S_PRODUCCIONES 11 months ago

    Eres de otro planeta tus trabajos son únicos!!! 👍🏻👌🤝🤜🤛🤘

  • Александр Замотайкин

    Ура! Наконец-то! 👍Всегда интересно за вашей работой наблюдать! 👍

  • Ithrowchildrendownthestairs
    Ithrowchildrendownthestairs 10 months ago +3

    wow! it’s looks brand new! and i really like the gold accents! they are a very cool touch!
    i really like what you do on this channel! i hate seeing old things that could be fixed go to waste so this channels perfect for me! :3

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago +1

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!

  • Vickie B
    Vickie B 7 months ago

    Just discovered this channel, and all I can say is that was a beautiful outcome! Thank you for taking the time and care for such a project!!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  7 months ago

      Thanks for watching, much appreciated!

  • TC Cycling
    TC Cycling 11 months ago

    Man this restoration was amazing. The gold over black gloss paint looks incredible. Another masterpiece.

  • glen paul
    glen paul 8 months ago +1

    Another amazing restoration...better than new !

  • Pillow McFluffins
    Pillow McFluffins 11 months ago +2

    You're an absolute wizard at this stuff. I bet some printing fanatic would give away their first born for that masterpiece.

  • randy smith
    randy smith Year ago +28

    That may be one of the most impressive restorations ever! Originally it looked like it was pulled from the bottom of a lake and then it looks like it was found in a museum. The amount of work and care you put in to these projects is incredible, and the results are beyond impressive.

  • George Brown
    George Brown 7 months ago

    Wonderful job you did restoring that book press to working condition and making it look better, too. Great work.

  • 19samson32
    19samson32 7 months ago +1

    You don’t merely restore these objects, you refine them into flawless yet functional works of art.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  7 months ago

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!

  • sEAjAY
    sEAjAY 11 months ago

    Excellent job ! Always love your work ~

  • Beatriz Magic
    Beatriz Magic 11 months ago +4

    O que comentar? Simplesmente perfeito

  • Владимир Владимир

    Пипец,как казалось бы ненужный вроде хлам,превращается в такое произведения искусства.Сколько времени,нервов на каждую безделушку и такой потом результат что глаз не оторвать.МАСТЕР с большой буквы!!!

  • Holly
    Holly Year ago +133

    I've literally never been someone who's gotten excited when channels release new videos, and I certainly never expected my mechanics to be the one, but I tell myself everyone is having strange new experiences these days and I should just embrace the random. So, in short, I'm stoked on your new video!

    • Sania Kitchen & Vlogs
      Sania Kitchen & Vlogs Year ago +1

      absolutely right sister

    • Christopher Keller
      Christopher Keller Year ago +3

      Same! I see a new My Mechanics and immediately watch!

    • Mihkel Tiidus
      Mihkel Tiidus Year ago +4

      My mechanics and project binky are the two channels where I drop everything and watch. Top quality youtube content.

    • DT G
      DT G Year ago +4

      I know what you are talking about...so often I see through Clip-Share and see videos of my mechanic and than I ask me, why is he not throwing out more videos or more content...?
      And than...after some time there it is...a new video. I see it...and after I saw it, I know why. If he bring's out more and more videos, he don't have the time to get so into detail with his projects. Take your time, calm down...as in your videos...!
      You got the best restoration channel on youtube, just do your thing as you do it..and I happily wait for your next project.😊🤙
      The outcome of this book press is breath taking!😊

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Year ago +17

      Nice to hear that, thank you very much :-)

  • hansoloman
    hansoloman 8 months ago +2

    One of your best restaurations ever! Well done.

  • Cherie
    Cherie 10 months ago +2

    So beautifully done! What a great touch at the end that you used the press for the note blocks

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much

  • магазин *АвтоПРОспект*

    как же красиво! настоящее искусство)))) золотые руки

  • Davide Montorfano
    Davide Montorfano 4 months ago

    This is beautiful. My favorite one so far. You're an artist.

  • C. Nicholson
    C. Nicholson 7 months ago +1

    I wish this guy had a TV series! I’d binge watch this all day!!!

  • Андрей Кравченко

    Исключительное восхищение, почёт и уважение! Преклоняюсь перед терпением и аккуратностью автора. За чтобы он не взялся - это будет сделано идеально: на это приятно смотреть, это будет приятно держать в руках!

  • Kenny Hanson
    Kenny Hanson 10 months ago

    By far one of the coolest machine shop video producers out there. This was extremely enjoyable to watch. Thanks!

    • Kenny Hanson
      Kenny Hanson 10 months ago

      @my mechanics I grew up in my father's machine shop. This takes me back to those days.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  10 months ago +1

      My pleasure, thanks for watching!

  • Cass L
    Cass L Month ago

    looks better than it ever did whilst being faithful to its original form. Amazing!

  • Олег Клочан
    Олег Клочан 11 months ago

    У вас золотые руки.Браво.