Here is a synopsis of how the layers are set up now. First, the inked block, then the paper. Behind that you can see the newsprint that protects the rubber offset blanket from ink and vice versa.
Then comes the hard rubber offset press blanket. This gives a firm, but slightly resilient surface, resulting in a very slight and controllable embossing.
To get the rollers up onto the plate, I'm using a ramp of masonite. To get the rollers onto the masonite, I'm cushioning the edge with the thick rubber blanket that comes with the Whelan press.
With just the thick rubber blanket and no masonite, there was too much pressure being applied to the hard rubber blanket, resulting in too much embossing.
So, yeah, it's a lot of fiddling to get the layers in place for each print, but at least I'm not dead in the water while I carve yet another jig.