1895 German Book Press "Alexanderwerk" - Restoration

  • Published on Dec 20, 2021
  • 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 • 8 650

  • caravaggio31
    caravaggio31 4 months ago +1154

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

    • Jose Lourenco dos Santos, Jr
      Jose Lourenco dos Santos, Jr 18 days ago

      @It ain’t rocket science So you say if I restore a Ford Model T and put a nice stereo and GPS, it will be beter tha when was built?

    • 温浩然
      温浩然 Month ago

      yeah man cant agree more

    • AboveEmAllProduction
      AboveEmAllProduction Month ago

      @caravaggio31 thats true!

    • caravaggio31
      caravaggio31 Month ago +1

      @AboveEmAllProduction Yes, but just a few restorators are artists.

  • A. R.
    A. R. 2 months ago +304

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

    • imeff
      imeff 12 days ago

      @Marios M y benar, saya kira restorasi nya terlalu berlebihan. Sayang sekali nilai hiatoris benda itu lenyap.
      Anyway, he's truly awesome restorer.

    • Johan Lindeberg
      Johan Lindeberg 15 days ago

      @saint chyril Ancient aliens

    • Jose Lourenco dos Santos, Jr
      Jose Lourenco dos Santos, Jr 19 days ago

      @Marios M That is it.

    • Marios M
      Marios M 19 days ago +3

      I actually think he destroyed it. The beautiful it was imperfection. He made it a NOW product and took away its identity.

    • A. R.
      A. R. 25 days ago

      @Jose Lourenco dos Santos, Jr I would kind of like to to see the upgraded Monalisa.
      Good analogy regardless.

  • sinister76
    sinister76 Month ago +36

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

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  28 days ago +4

      Thanks for your support :-) Glad you like my videos!

  • Linda Kurgpold
    Linda Kurgpold 3 months ago +59

    What an absolute beast that was to get apart! And the after is stunning! It looks like an art piece! The before and after are just ridiculous. I like the touch of gold striping. This was such a pleasure to watch. Great job, not only with the restoration, but the video as well. Bravo. 👍👍

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago +2

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much

  • DiesInEveryFilm Customs
    DiesInEveryFilm Customs 5 months ago +270

    Another cool build mate really enjoyed seeing it come up.

    • JL
      JL 4 months ago

      @Review Master also ig they don’t get to see how lonely/bad their opinion is when they dislike

    • Review Master
      Review Master 4 months ago +1

      @JL Unfortunately this maestro has "haters" but now we do NOT get to see their stupid thumbs down. Hahahaha..... Happy 2022.

    • JL
      JL 4 months ago +1

      @Review Master why thank goodness. it’s not like anyone would dislike such a masterpiece

    • Review Master
      Review Master 5 months ago +5

      @my mechanics Beyond cool!!!!!!! You press your own notepads? From such a vintage device is world standard AAA+. Thank goodness new TheXvid system prevents the negative "haters' or trolls or jealous dislikes from being shown. It is an excellent move. Have a wonderful Christmas sir from Australia. And I subscribed at maybe 10,000?????? Shared with all my friends. ;-)

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  5 months ago +23

      Thanks very much Onur, much appreciated

  • Steelkoo
    Steelkoo 9 days ago +2

    It's awesome how you'd restored it. Would love to have such skill and such a beautiful book press 🙂

  • Plenum
    Plenum 3 months ago +23

    This is my favorite restoration - and I don't know why. It just is... Perfection in process and result, the camera work, and no damn music, sure helps, too. - - - Anyway, and because of this series of videos from my mechanics, I've noticed that when I work around the house and work in my little shop, I am much more AWARE of what the heck I'm doing as I work. Each step from disassembly, cleaning, choice of tools, lubrication, etc., and reassembly is done with much more concentration. I've improved because of you. And the wife appreciates it, too. Thanks, my mechanics!!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

      Thank you very much for your nice comment, I am glad you like my videos!

  • Christopher Walters
    Christopher Walters 2 months ago +15

    Imagine how the engineers of past centuries would weep with joy at the tools and techniques available now. A way to ensure every surface is even and flush, anti-rust techniques... Euphoric

  • BellaBarossa
    BellaBarossa 3 months ago +16

    I think this has got to be the most beautiful restoration I've ever seen you do. Absolutely stunning results! 😍

  • Epic Workshop
    Epic Workshop 5 months ago +135

    Amazing work!! I love your attention to detail 😊🍻🤘

  • J-Dubz
    J-Dubz 3 months ago +33

    What I love about this channel is he doesn't just restore an item. He often improves upon its original design.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago +4

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

    • Moshe Sheckel
      Moshe Sheckel Month ago

      Not 'often'.... but ALWAYS improves the item!

    • archimedes hackerman
      archimedes hackerman 3 months ago

      Makes me happy the items arent just scrapped, instead not only restored but given a makeover too haha.
      I really need a book press like this, they're so expensive :( Hoping one day I can come across one this nice but in need of restoring too

    • Seele2015au
      Seele2015au 3 months ago +4

      Another way to look at it: it could have been how the designer hoped to achieved, but the manufacturing plant could not comply due to cost restrictions. You could almost see the designer pointing at it, jumping up and down screaming: "that's how I wanted it to be!"

  • watrgrl2
    watrgrl2 Month ago +11

    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.

  • Doug
    Doug Month 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  28 days ago

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

  • August M. Moschera
    August M. Moschera 2 days ago

    Amazing and flawless restoration! I've seen all your content and this might be the best one yet!! I'm looking forward to the next video!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Day ago

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

  • TJ Thorne
    TJ Thorne 5 months ago +4060

    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.

    • Norma47 19
      Norma47 19 Month ago

      @Admiral Belzediel Jealousy???

    • Norma47 19
      Norma47 19 Month ago

      @Mihir Sharma Ah but most fans remember the button on his sandblaster. It became a bit of a joke with some.

    • SP
      SP 3 months ago

      @psidhu1979 Hahahahahaha

    • psidhu1979
      psidhu1979 3 months ago

      @SP TheXvid money does not drive him...Passion drives him.

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      R-PRO Restoration 3 months ago


  • huh no « corn »
    huh no « corn » 24 days 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  23 days ago +1

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!

  • brianpatten
    brianpatten 22 days 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!

  • KingKong
    KingKong Month ago +3

    Wow, thought I’d never watch a book press restoration but 25min later here I am. That was beautiful to watch, fantastic craftsmanship with tools, artistry and camera. Very satisfying 25min.

  • Paul Lieberuks
    Paul Lieberuks Month ago +4

    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  Month ago +2

      Herzlichen Dank für den schönen Kommentar!

  • itwouldntsurpriseme
    itwouldntsurpriseme 5 months ago +197

    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!

    • Matthew Windisch
      Matthew Windisch Month ago


    • Bl00ster
      Bl00ster 4 months ago +1

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

    • Brooke Hanner
      Brooke Hanner 5 months ago +5

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

    • WRG
      WRG 5 months ago +10

      Awesome and touching!

  • Ryan Doyle
    Ryan Doyle Month ago +2

    Truly beautiful! I wish I had a press to use to bind books, let alone something this nice; I'm stuck using some heavy books and some parchment paper for now

  • Antonio Cosme Alves
    Antonio Cosme Alves 2 months ago +1

    Boa Noite Amigo !
    Você Precisa Colocar Mais Vídeos Novos. Gosto Muito dos Seus Vídeos !
    Parabéns ! 👏👏👏👏
    Saudações Brasileiras !
    🇧🇷 🇧🇷 🇧🇷
    Cosme - São Paulo - Brasil

  • Natan Caetano
    Natan Caetano Month ago +1

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

  • Andy Miller
    Andy Miller 4 months ago +2

    An absolutely beautiful piece, given another lease of life! Great video, expertly lit, filmed and edited! One of the best channels on YT!
    Keep up the fantastic work, dude!

  • Arius Cuzner
    Arius Cuzner 4 months ago +475

    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 2 months ago

      It can trigger migraines as well.

    • Alexis Zapata
      Alexis Zapata 2 months ago

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

    • archimedes hackerman
      archimedes hackerman 3 months 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 :)

  • Christine Joy
    Christine Joy 26 days ago +4

    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  23 days ago +2

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

  • Linda Tassone
    Linda Tassone 3 months ago

    Exceptional work!!!!
    What a fantastic result!

  • Charles Deens
    Charles Deens 4 months ago

    Beautiful! Love how you turn these machines into a work of art.

  • NeedsMoreBirds
    NeedsMoreBirds 2 months ago +1

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

  • Carrie's Comments
    Carrie's Comments Month ago

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

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago +1

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much

  • Pedro Alberto Goldy
    Pedro Alberto Goldy 15 days ago

    Asombroso, maraavilloso trabajo, realmente envidiable la dedicación

  • Exhaust Notes
    Exhaust Notes 4 months ago +2

    You are an artist. It is easy to destroy, difficult to create but to restore something that was destroyed to perfection requires unparalleled skill and imagination. Thank you for sharing your art with us. I cannot imagine the dedication, hard work and perseverance to reach the level you are in. You have my support and best wishes! Alexanderwerk would not believe his eyes if he saw this today. :)

  • Timothy Steinbrunner
    Timothy Steinbrunner 28 days ago +1

    What an incredible Restoration!! Good work!

  • Andi Ferdhian
    Andi Ferdhian 5 months ago +230

    Awesome.. the different between this channel and other like this is : this man takes all his time to perfect imperfection, he knows what his doing, patient, and looks at the very details, not in the rush to upload on youtube.. thats why I am very happy when I open youtube and new video from My Mechanics is on top..
    can't wait for another.. 🔥

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  5 months ago +27

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

  • 🌼 Julie 🌼
    🌼 Julie 🌼 Month ago

    OH MY GOSH!! 😳
    This is *absolutely* beautiful!! I don't comment on all of your videos but this one _begged_ to be complimented. Lol I have to admit that I didn't understand how this worked...now I get it 💡!
    Superb restoration 👏👏

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  28 days ago +1

      Really appreciated, thank you very much!

  • Davey Ingram
    Davey Ingram 4 months ago +1

    This guy always goes above and beyond. I'll see some rusty peace of crap and think to myself, "this guy can't do much with this thing," and always I'm amazed at the finished product.

  • mad_sn4ck
    mad_sn4ck Month ago

    I love the surface finish on this, I think this is your best restoration so far

  • Zachary Zimmerman
    Zachary Zimmerman 2 months ago +2

    Just want to say, one of my favorite things about these videos is that so many of the tools he restores end up making into his collection and use in later videos. My grandfather, who was a tool and die maker for 40 years, did the same thing as a hobby, and its great to see these old, beautiful tools i grew up appreciating taking on new life

  • joseph4tw
    joseph4tw 4 months ago +430

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

    • Shawn Cole
      Shawn Cole 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

      @archimedes hackerman 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...

    • archimedes hackerman
      archimedes hackerman 2 months 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!

  • Cherie Rojas
    Cherie Rojas 12 days ago

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

  • MzGamerGurl
    MzGamerGurl 3 months ago +2

    Beautiful! When I started watching I thought you were going to knock some of the rust off, make the mechanics work again & clear coat it or some such ... but what a lovely work of art you made of it!!!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

      Thank you very much, much appreciated :-)

  • Basar KARADAG
    Basar KARADAG 15 days ago

    This was the best restoration ever. Paint job was awesome. Good work mate. Love it.

  • Mary
    Mary Month ago

    Absolutely amazing 👏 I love that you painted it with different colors

  • Bitplex
    Bitplex 4 months ago +318

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

    • Alex Beamish
      Alex Beamish 4 months 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 4 months ago +5

      The final test is so important!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  4 months ago +23

      Wow, thank you!

  • Sasi Kumar 3070
    Sasi Kumar 3070 3 months ago +1

    Sir , A big respect for your Hard work ....👏👏 congratulations for having 3M subs 💥💥🤩👌!!!

  • Chuck Haney
    Chuck Haney 4 months ago

    I love restoration videos. I can't really explain why. I guess it's just the conservation and the fact that these old items were made so much better than most things made today.

  • Carmine Riganti
    Carmine Riganti 4 months ago +24

    WOW just beautiful to see old stuff restored. Never would guess they were brass balls. I bet it never looked that good when it was new.

    • Simon George
      Simon George 3 months ago +2

      When he filled the hole in one of the balls with a brass pin I thought eh? Thats going to show up. Then we find out the balls are brass.

  • TC Cycling
    TC Cycling Month ago

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

  • Sam Marco
    Sam Marco 5 months ago +154

    The level of precision in this restoration is a testament to your craftsmanship. This was a perfect piece to demonstrate a variety of techniques. All around excellent video.

  • theamfreak
    theamfreak 4 months ago +10

    Wow these videos are insanely satisfying. You got a sub!!

  • happyslacks
    happyslacks Month ago +5

    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 11 days ago

      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 17 days ago

      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 18 days ago

      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  Month ago

      Oh thank you so much, really appreciated!

  • Shade
    Shade 2 months ago +7

    Absolutely beautiful work. What do you do with these pieces once they're finished?

  • Richard
    Richard Month ago

    What an exquisite piece that press turned out to be! Beautiful restoration work, my friend!

  • Holly
    Holly 5 months ago +132

    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 4 months ago +1

      absolutely right sister

    • Christopher Keller
      Christopher Keller 5 months ago +3

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

    • Mihkel Tiidus
      Mihkel Tiidus 5 months 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 5 months ago +4

      I know what you are talking about...so often I see through TheXvid 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  5 months ago +17

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

  • Brian Wood
    Brian Wood 3 months ago

    Beautiful work, well worth all your effort. Thanks for sharing. 😄

  • Linuxdirk
    Linuxdirk 3 months ago

    I love how this is not only restoration but also improvement! 👍

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago +1

      Thank you very much, much appreciated :-)

  • Gilberto Franguelli

    Perfeito! Muito lindo

  • saintzeno
    saintzeno 4 months ago

    You never do anything just at OK level, like just cleaning and reassembling.
    I knew that you would show how this machine works. Amazing. 👍

  • Árni Viðar Björgvinsson
    Árni Viðar Björgvinsson 5 months ago +2704

    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.

  • grigs249
    grigs249 4 months ago +1

    Pretty amazing that when you welded that thread you didn’t get laps or double threads recutting the threads, well done

  • Phil Olivieri
    Phil Olivieri Month ago

    An incredible demonstration of highly skilled craftsmanship! A superb restoration! 👍

  • David R
    David R Month ago +1

    These videos are addictive. I've said "Woooow!" so many times. You don't just restore, you revitalise things.

  • Blattacker
    Blattacker Month ago

    Love these videos, but this one makes me wonder: Could you use a book press to sort of re-flatten older books to make them crisp and new looking again? If so, I might start dreaming of buying one someday to make some of my more "well-loved" books look new again...

  • Everything Irish
    Everything Irish 5 months ago +238

    I absolutely love how there’s no background music, and we get to hear every twist and turn.

    • Brent Seymour
      Brent Seymour 4 months ago +3

      It's basically workshop ASMR to relax to.

    • Layaan.m
      Layaan.m 4 months ago +3

      The sounds make me quite relaxed.

    • Howard St. James
      Howard St. James 4 months ago +2

      Different strokes for different folks, i can't stand those sounds so I watch all of his vids on mute haha

    • Dan Madsen
      Dan Madsen 4 months ago +11

      and no commentary. Let's the work speak for itself.

  • James
    James Month ago

    This is the BEST video of yours I have viewed. Your attention to detail is excellent. The final results speak for itself. Thank you!

  • Aparecido Lima
    Aparecido Lima Month ago

    Impressionante! Você trabalha com perfeição! Parabéns!

  • Martin
    Martin 4 months ago

    Love it, really amazing work!!
    Just one comment: why do you rarely use the box end of the wrench? Tightening the bolts with the open end will dent the edges that you carefully polished.
    Apart from that super amazing work!

  • Kevin S
    Kevin S 3 months ago

    Amazing job. Based on it's age, I would have liked to have seen some japanning instead of the bluing, but it still worked out great!

  • Andreas Kofler
    Andreas Kofler 5 months ago +89

    This press was never in such a good condition, even when it was new. Outstanding quality craftsmanship. Grüssli us Australie

    • Silver Turtle
      Silver Turtle 5 months ago +3

      @Andreas Kofler -- You're more than likely correct.

  • Jonas Weiss
    Jonas Weiss Month ago

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

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

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

  • Harry Holden
    Harry Holden Month ago

    My mechanics I cannot believe the capacity for patience and respect you have for all these pieces. It's truly a joy to behold the level of care you have for these forgotten things. I also love you absolute loathing for unchamfered edges. Shine on!

  • David Fierro
    David Fierro Month ago +1

    This is so good it might be illegal. The attention to detail is awe inspiring. This is a masters class on how to produce a restoration video. The sounds of the shop, no clip too lengthy, just enough detail to illustrate what your trying to accomplish, just awesome.
    No lousy music overlay, unnecessary commentary or, most importantly, veiled attempts at humor that fall flat. Can’t say enough.
    ASMR for restoration enthusiasts.
    I’m humbled.

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago +1

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

  • JudytheExtraterrestrial

    Can't even imagine how much work, planning and skill this takes. Amazing!

  • BigRigTrig
    BigRigTrig 5 months ago +13

    It must be a nightmare making these videos, but I think I speak for everyone in saying we really enjoy and appreciate the massive effort you go to in making these, well done!

    • Wolfgang Balu12
      Wolfgang Balu12 5 months ago +2

      Fully agree with you and wish all Merry Christmas

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  5 months ago +8

      It is so time consuming indeed. Thank you

  • Lisa Carlson
    Lisa Carlson 3 months ago

    That was stunning. Beautiful video, breathtaking craftsmanship. I was NOT expecting this result when I clicked this video! You have a new fan!

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

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

  • Derrin Eckelmann
    Derrin Eckelmann Month ago

    Such a satisfying resto to watch ! One of the best I have seen 🙌🏻

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

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

  • Anthony Morgan
    Anthony Morgan 4 months ago +1

    This is by far the most satisfying thing I've seen in quite some time, take my subscription!

  • Music Is Life
    Music Is Life Month ago

    I love this guy 💙 That superskill of being attentive to very small detail is amazing. Perfectionist at its finest 💪💕

  • Cool Again Restoration
    Cool Again Restoration 5 months ago +304

    When you sanded those brass balls..the result was mesmerizing 😵‍💫😍 nice video my friend 👏👏

    • Tj Games And Toys
      Tj Games And Toys Month ago

      Ayo that sounds sus

      STUDLEE 5 months ago

      @wickedcabinboy I came to the comments for this comment right here.

    • Gavin D.
      Gavin D. 5 months ago

      @my mechanics I was really hoping you'd put some weight in the brass balls, give the handle a good bit of swing, centrifugal force

    • wickedcabinboy
      wickedcabinboy 5 months ago +1

      @David Schwartz - That was the one regret... 140 years of patina, gone.

  • магазин *АвтоПРОспект*

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

  • Britt Mtn
    Britt Mtn 4 months ago

    That’s the biggest wrench I’ve ever seen in my life 😂 GOD those bolts are huge.. 💀 I love this channel, helps with my anxiety so much. 💞

  • Homebrew Horsepower
    Homebrew Horsepower 3 months ago +1

    For those playing along at home, don't ever ground your welder on your vise handle like that. It will trash your vise in a hurry. You can ground to the main body of the vise, but grounding to the handle will cause the habdle to weld to the screw and the screw to weld to the body. No fun.

  • Vimal Kumar
    Vimal Kumar 3 months ago

    I love your craftsmanship 🙏. Quality restoration work.

  • Kimberly Meira
    Kimberly Meira 4 months ago +232

    This is hands down the best restoration channel on TheXvid period. Truly amazing ✨

    • Irate Puffin
      Irate Puffin 2 months ago +3

      @Simon George 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

    • Simon George
      Simon George 3 months 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.

  • Béatrice F postiches, volumateurs, perruques

    Je trouve que vous êtes formidable ! Une patience et un savoir faire que j’envie! 🙏❤️💙😌

  • Harold Spahn
    Harold Spahn Month ago +1

    I understand and appreciate your restoration vids but seeing you take the flaws out of the things you restore, to me, takes away the aesthetics of restoring antique items, in my opinion. All the flaws in casting and the metalwork is what make old things unique. I hope that makes sense.

  • Mr Debug65
    Mr Debug65 Month ago +1

    you have a good sense for editing/cutting your videos - you show *all* steps, but in a good time - not too short, not too long👌🏻🥰

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  18 days ago

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!

  • billy mccarroll
    billy mccarroll 18 days ago

    All I can say is you do one hell of a job on restoration I loved watch yes videos cause I like see stuff like that press restored too it’s glory days keep up the good work

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  18 days ago

      Glad to hear that, thank you very much!

  • Vickie Bligh
    Vickie Bligh 5 months 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 5 months ago

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

    • Andee Kaydot
      Andee Kaydot 5 months 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 5 months ago

      @paul s Thank you sir. I agree about MM.

    • Andee Kaydot
      Andee Kaydot 5 months 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 5 months 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. ;-)

  • Game Asur
    Game Asur 3 months ago +1

    He’s an artist 😍😍 buddy I don’t have words to express my feeling after watching your work. I’m watching your videos from quite some time. And I always feel amazed and inspired. Because you put your into your work🤗🤗

  • Tina Strasbourg
    Tina Strasbourg 3 months ago

    This is one of my favourite restorations. The finished product is stunning.

  • Doug Wray
    Doug Wray 4 months ago

    Beautiful AND thorough renovation! Lovely work.

  • PS
    PS 3 months ago

    Absolutamente maravilhoso.

  • Mohammad Zahi
    Mohammad Zahi 5 months ago +139

    I have watched A LOT of restoration content on TheXvid, and this channel comes second to none. This work is different. It's perfect.

    • Santiago Sánchez Santarelli
      Santiago Sánchez Santarelli 5 months ago

      I think this is the best channel when it comes to satisfying results while Hand Tool Rescue is the best when it comes to functionality and sticking to the original purpose of the tool. For example, in this press the contacting surfaces should have been left in the white instead of painting them because you risk the paint chipping away on whatever you're pressing, but it looks nicer when they're painted

    • Relik
      Relik 5 months ago +1

      I agree. Perfection is the only words which come to me

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      Bruce Parkinson 5 months ago


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  • Cheirodon Noe
    Cheirodon Noe 2 months ago

    Love the work you do. My eyes can’t easily read the text, a bit more size and contrast would help immensely.

  • Netto Formiga
    Netto Formiga 25 days ago

    Perfeito 🇧🇷

  • Brian T.V.
    Brian T.V. Month ago

    That turned out beautifully! My dad would love one of those for his personal library. He has several classics that need rebinding

    • Brian T.V.
      Brian T.V. Month ago

      @my mechanics You Sir, are welcome! And thank you for the inspiration for a great project/gift inspiration. (I too, do some restoration work and varied tinkering)

    • my mechanics
      my mechanics  Month ago

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

  • Rogelio Baez
    Rogelio Baez 4 months ago

    I really enjoy watching these kinds of videos and then I think about how much time it took to actually do all of this work that we see in such a short video.

  • Steven Grossman
    Steven Grossman 5 months ago +53

    There is nothing this man can't do when it comes to restorations. The paint design was so crisp and clean. The simple gold accents on the black make this look like a collector's item and it's absolutely beautiful.

  • Pillow McFluffins
    Pillow McFluffins Month ago +1

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