Just for Fun... #76: If at first you don't Succeed...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-19-2013 04:29 PM 1344 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So when the last project was finished, I had a tough time with the picture taking! Ideally, the best pictures are taken in Sunshine (or at least outside), but that’s not always possible without waiting a few days…
I’ve seen quite a few different Light Tents here on LJ’s, and thought the time had come to build one for myself…
The idea is simple, to make a box with no sides, over which can be draped a white bed sheet or similar cloth…
Lights are added to either side of the structure and the object to be photographed is placed inside.
On mine, I also wanted for it to be collapsible, so it wouldn’t take up valuable space!
As usual, I did no research and went ahead and cut a bunch of particle board, drawing joints and connections for the construction…And then layed out...

I cut half-laps to fashion the top and bottom frames… kinda like Lincoln Logs…And then the top parts...

And then made through mortise and tenon joints, pegged with pins for the uprights…After cutting all the pieces...First assembly...

This was a really rickety structure!!
None the less, I draped a sheet roughly over it and tried it out real quick…Had to try it out...Testing the new light box...The whole picture...

Well this looks promising as far as it goes, but I think I need brighter bulbs, 100 Watt instead of 60’s… And this thing being so shaky, I’m not happy about that…
The real kicker was when I took it apart and re-assembled it… When I took it apart the second time, my elbow just barely grazed one of the corners of the junk particle board, with this result… Oops...

Okay, back to the drawing board, or rather to a Real Board! I cut 4 strips out of a piece of Rock Maple that was kicking around…Cut into strips...

The Lincoln Log idea had been tried, with poor results, so it was time to switch to the ever-popular Tinker Toys! LOL
I drilled some offset holes, so they wouldn’t interfere with each other…A few quick holes...

Then some 3/8” dowel were cut to length, inserted and Voila!... the Latest Box…The latest "Box"...

Though I wouldn’t put any serious weight on it, this one is surprisingly sturdy, and should be more than adequate for the task… :)
19 June 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 06-19-2013 04:36 PM

well you certainly got some good lighting from it
the diffused lighting really shows everything well

and the new one should be much sturdier

P. S. :

like the urinal you got in your shop
(last pic)
might need to do something similar
in my new one

might put a tent around it too
for when you have company

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 06-19-2013 05:38 PM

I was going to comment and could not stop laughing at David’s comment! That’s a clean out!! right????

Mike, it sounds like you are getting serious about photographing your projects and that is great!!
That white background really warms up the look of you box!!

The urinal really is a good idea. Saves running up stairs! I’d put a trap on it though because the 4” pipe is open to the main line!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-19-2013 05:50 PM

It really does make a difference in the pictures. Thanks for reminding me to put this at the head of my to-do list, Mike!

Urinal!? I thought it was a drinking fountain!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 12:42 AM

Sorry I didn’t answer sooner, but we took another ride to our favorite beach again today… I went for a swim for the first time this year!!Another Fine Day at the Beach...

That’s the trap and clean out for the clothes washer, but now that you mention it… :)
I piped to that a few months ago, to fix the old washer situation (a flexible hose that laid on the floor, and leaked)
To keep it wood related, I had to go through the stairs to get over there…Through the stairs...
Drew a circle using the pipe as a template, drilled a mess of holes around it, chiseled out the rest, and cleaned it to fit with a rasp…
I still have to test out the new light box… It’s a little smaller than the first one, which will allow the lights to be a little closer to the subject (more light)... And I’m going to try it up in our attic, where there is a window it can be set in front of (even more light)...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 06-20-2013 06:30 AM

lets not have everything in the house with a single role in life a secondary role for that “P” trap is in order !!

The light box looks good too!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 06-20-2013 05:25 PM

Definitely a good idea and quite an improvement in the photo quality Mike.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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