|Project by John Milleker||posted 09-11-2013 07:27 AM||1304 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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