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Traveling Plate Rack v1

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Project by John Milleker posted 345 days ago 746 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a traveling plate rack made from oak for wet plate photography. After the plate is fixed, it needs a place to dry before a protective varnish coating. During this drying process the silver coating is very delicate.

Version one of this holder was mostly a prototype and I learned a few things during the build. First, I didn’t like that the holder didn’t completely collapse flat. Also, while the square grooves work fine, I have since updated the project to have these grooves cut by a V-Groove bit.

Future versions will also have brass hardware and a rear stop to keep the holder from opening too wide. Right now with Quarter Sized plates (3.25×4.25”) there isn’t enough weight to overcome the angled feet.

-- John Milleker, Photographer in Baltimore Maryland - JohnMilleker.com





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 345 days ago

Nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 345 days ago

Simple but effective. It’s neat that you do wet plates. I’m no photographer but a good friend of mine is into that. He’s done some cool shots of me, and I'm making him a dark box at the moment.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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John Milleker

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#3 posted 345 days ago

Nice Darkbox Brian! I’m on version two of mine and will put it up when it’s completed. Will you be adding a safelight to the dark box you’re creating? I use Ruby Glass in mine, easy to get cut to size at any stained glass shop. My first darkbox safelight was too small, I still had to use a headlamp and when I’m doing living history and reenacting it’s not too authentic. Version two has a 4×6” sliding ruby safelight.

Will you be painting the inside? Yellow works really well – it reflects light and gives it a warmer tone because darker yellow into red doesn’t fog the process. Spar Urethane helps with silver spills!

-- John Milleker, Photographer in Baltimore Maryland - JohnMilleker.com

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John Milleker

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#4 posted 345 days ago

Brian, I have placed the photos from my own darkbox version one in the projects part if you wanted to take a look. I love looking at other darkboxes, never know when you’ll see a technique you want to borrow for your next one!

Let’s see if I can just post a link here.. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89436

-- John Milleker, Photographer in Baltimore Maryland - JohnMilleker.com

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