View Full Version : Home made Brayer

John K
04-03-2015, 03:06 PM
First off, I just wanted to say "Hello!" - it has been a very long time since I popped in. I found some open time today, and took the opportunity to get caught back up a bit.

I'm working on a very large woodcut, and decided I'm going to need a much larger brayer than what I've got available. Sure, I could have ordered a large-sized Takach, but what fun is there in that?

Instead, I went to the best surplus store in St. Paul, the Axeman, in search of a press roller I thought I had saw sticking out of a pile of junk in back there a while ago, some aluminum stock, and maybe a bearing or two.

Last night I spent some time with a drill press and a couple wrenches and came up with this beauty:



the rubber might be a little bit harder than I like, but otherwise, once I get a handle inserted across the top of it so I can use it rolling pin-style, I think it will be great.

04-05-2015, 06:48 PM
whoa, that IS a beauty. Nice going

04-07-2015, 07:27 PM

Have you made a print yet?
I would be interested to see how it works, amazing concept, well done you!:clap:

04-12-2015, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the tip! I've been thinking about how I could get my hands on a big brayer without the extreme cost.

I'll have to check out Ax-man. I've never been there before. Was there more than one roller? Exactly where in the store did you find it?


John K
04-23-2015, 12:27 PM
there were a couple left; I thought about taking all of them, but I only needed the one for this project.

Never been to the Axeman? It's an "interesting" place, a definite St. Paul experience. I found the rollers in back, where the isles don't get sorted too often... be careful back there!

04-23-2015, 06:47 PM
Hello there. That brayer looks fabulous, I'm always on the look out for ways to make a brayer cheaply. I've experimented with Sugru (kneedable air -curing rubber) on a wallpaper seam roller - not great, I need to improve my technique. A silicone rolling pin works well, though the silicone sleeve is very thin and the roller is very light. It's a very cheap and soft alternative to the hard rubber, red handled brayers

04-23-2015, 06:47 PM

04-25-2015, 05:23 PM
John, thanks for the info. Unfortunately, Axman in St. Paul didn't have them any more. I think I will have to start frequenting surplus stores. If those Takach brayers just were not so expensive...