Finishing presses are used to hold a book while you work on the spine, either for gluing, book repair, or various finishing processes. This high quality press measures 6" high x 19" length, with 5" of space between the clamping jaws. The faceted grip allows you to tighten the jaws quicker and easier than standard rounded grips. The base and jaws are cherry hardwood and a sturdy 1 1/4" thick. The dowels are solid maple and threads are a thick 1 1/4" and 90 degree threads, which make them less likely to chip then most standard 60 degree threads. This two-tone press is entirely hand crafted and has been varnished and buffed making it moisture resistant. Ships fully assembled and is maintenance free.