How To Build A Cheap T Shirt Screen Printing Press

How To Build A Cheap T Shirt Screen Printing Press

Make a screen printing press to print t shirts for almost nothing. I built this one out of scrap wood and a few things from the hardware store. I do screen printing as a hobby, but you could easily start a small business printing custom t shirts for bands or teams or whatever. Or come up with fun designs and sell the t shirts online or at swap meets or whatever.
This homemade design can be easily modified. Change the size and shape of the shirt board to print long sleeves or sweatpants legs. You can probably even make something to print hats. This is a pretty easy DIY project.

p.s. You don’t need all the tools I used. You can do most of it with a regular handsaw. It will just take longer. I had the tools, so I used them.

Here are some free plans that have more detail:

Check out my screen printing tutorial here:



  1. So simple and easy to make…and your tuition was clear to understand. I didn't find any timber that had been discarded so l bought some 1/4th plywood and used epoxy to join two pieces cut to size together making it 1/2 inch thick. I joined two pieces 2"x 1" timber cut to size with epoxy making it 4" wide by 1". This meant the materials were cheap. This was a great video, perfect for anybody to make. Thanks for taking the time to show us this idea.

  2. This video is cool. I got the wood to make it, the thing is I don't have all the tools you use, but thanks anyways!

  3. Watched your video a couple of times. Decided "What the hell, I'll try it." I welded the frame and press out of some stock metal I had laying around the shop, forgot about it. 6 months later I sold it, unused, at a yard sale for $100. Good Video.

  4. First off man!!!!!
    I have been getting tshirts printed for me for soooo much money and was going to buy one for about$1000 until i saw this…. my question is i have never actually used a screen press could you possibly email me a list of every thing i would need and how many screens i need to do a 4 color shirt.. my email is thanks for this!! thank you

  5. if i want to print red and blue colors on dark tshirt, i apply white first to the screen then dry it and wash the screen then how can i adjust the screen in this press? does it need something to return the screen to the exact place where it was when i apply the white?

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