Am I the only one who uses a cast iron book press for stamps?
Here is one I got a few months back. It has since been cleaned up and repainted. The small press in front is my homemade one I'd been using for years. With the larger press I've been able to more than double my pressing capacity. I will, at some point in time, build a custom table/stand for this. I'm thinking Craftsman style.
My usual drying/pressing process is:
Place wet stamps face down on paper towels.
Blot the back just so they are no longer shiny with water.
Let sit until almost dry.
Transfer stamps to my press stacks, or "stamp sandwich" if you will.
The "stack" is built in layers using pieces of engineered flooring and artists Bristol board, and are arranged in a specific order:
1 - Piece of flooring
2 - Stamps lined up, face up on the flooring (they won't stick to the flooring).
3 - Piece of Bristol board.
4 - More stamps lined up on the Bristol board, but face down.
5 - Another piece of flooring
6 - Start back at #1 and repeat.
The stack is then placed in the press for a couple days and the stamps are dry, smooth and flat. Some will have a slight, natural curl to them but seem to flatten out over time.
Never had a drying book. I always take the "why be normal?" approach.