My take on a simple darkroom easel inspired somewhat by the Speed-EZ line of easels. As those are no longer being made, they can sometimes be hard to find. I wanted an easel that was easy to use when making standard sized prints as easy or easier to use than a Speed-EZ. This is what I came up with.
Standard 1/4″ or 1/8″ tops are available as well as some specialty tops (available separately).
To use, simply place the easel base on your enlarger baseboard as you would any other easel. Place the print down, emulsion side up of course making sure it’s inside the recessed area. Then place the top down on top of the print making sure the inlay sits in the recessed area. Make an exposure! To remove the paper, place your finder under the cutout/notch on the base and lift up on the top. Then place your finger on the notch all the way in to touch the edge of the paper and lift up.
These were designed by me and are printed on demand using Black and White Atomic PLA with Voron 3D printers. It should bring you years of reliable use when using it for its intended purpose and storing it appropriately (namely don’t store it in super hot spaces, like an attic).