My take on a simple 8×10 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 which was as easy or easier to use than a Speed-EZ. This is what I came up with.
The 8×10 version is the first to offer some new features! It comes with or without Rule of Thirds gridlines on the base and is optionally available in yellow. Multiple tops are available from standard 1/8 and 1/4″ borders to various crop tops.
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 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.
This is designed by me and are printed on demand using Atomic PLA with my Voron 2.4 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).