16x20 Saunders borderless easel

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Bogdan Karasek, Mar 18, 2006.

  1. Hi all.

    I was recently given a 16x20 Saunders easel for making borderless
    prints. It is the kind that has ajustable blades (paper edge holders)
    on the 16 in. sides. There is nothing on the top or bottom of the 20
    in. sides.

    My question is how do I keep the paper edges flat at the top and bottom?
    Is there some technique or trick to doing this that I don't know about?

    Thanks for any information.

    Regards,
    Bogdan
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    Bogdan Karasek
    Montréal, Québec e-mail:
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    "Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen"
    "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence"
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
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    Bogdan Karasek, Mar 18, 2006
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  2. Use RC paper?
     
    Jean-David Beyer, Mar 18, 2006
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  3. Bogdan Karasek

    dan.c.quinn Guest

    I've soured on the usual assortment of easels although the
    four blade steel Beselers may be OK. I've not one to try.
    Your gripe mine also. The four blade Saunders, speed, single
    size and adjustable borderless easels in my collection fall short.
    Vacuum easels are out. Sticky Backs may be OK. I think
    this evening I'll try a technique that's been in the back of my mind
    for some time. Pre-wet then sponge dry the paper. The FLAT damp
    paper will then be positioned on the baseboard of my PERFECTLY
    aligned enlarger via an easel base. Dan
     
    dan.c.quinn, Mar 18, 2006
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  4. Place a couple of small pieces of double sided carpet tape on the 20" edge.
    Use a test print to decrease/moderate the adhesiveness before using it for
    printing so the tape doesn't damage the paper as it's removed.
     
    Michael Gudzinowicz, Mar 19, 2006
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  5. Hi,

    To the question of what kind of paper I'm using, it's fiber based paper,
    the rest of my Agfa Classic :(

    Regards,
    Bogdan

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    __________________________________________________________________
    Bogdan Karasek
    Montréal, Québec e-mail:
    Canada

    "Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen"
    "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence"
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    ________________________________________________________________
     
    Bogdan Karasek, Mar 19, 2006
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  6. Sorry, it was not a question, but a suggestion.

    I had a borderless 11x14 easel from Saunders, and it worked OK (note: faint
    praise). But when I realized I always trimmed my prints a little, prior to
    mounting, so I never needed a borderless easel. So I gave mine away.
     
    Jean-David Beyer, Mar 19, 2006
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