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Project by John Milleker posted 305 days ago 803 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is version one of our traveling darkbox design from CAD to finished. It was really my first attempt at CNC cutting pieces and attaching them together.

It’s amazing looking at something in CAD and then comparing with the finished product. I learned a lot about fastening and finishing wood. Joinery strength, glues, etc.. One of the attached photos is of the darkbox in use at the Carroll County Farm Museum First Call Reenactment and Living History event. Version two which is already being built has a larger safelight window in the back and a custom fitted silver bath that sticks out of the back for extra room while in the box.

For more details on the project (which is heavy on the photography how and why’s of the project) a lengthier version can be found here: http://johnmilleker.com/weblog/blog/2013/05/17/darkbox-construction-and-usage

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





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Sergio

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#1 posted 305 days ago

Very nice. I liked your photographic work. I am now missing my pinhole hobby, that I put on hold 4 years ago…

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nailbanger2

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#2 posted 305 days ago

I’m hoping the irony of this project is not lost on everyone but me? But then, that’s my sense of humor.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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natenaaron

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#3 posted 305 days ago

Irony?

Looks like a very functional box. Does the box itself separate from the stand for easier packing? Is that window really providing enough light? Seems pretty small to me.

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nailbanger2

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#4 posted 305 days ago

I knew I was going to have to explain myself! The irony is in using CNC technology to cut pieces for an older form of photography that is mostly lost due to the advancement in film, and then digital technology.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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natenaaron

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#5 posted 305 days ago

Ahhh. I get it. I completely missed the CNC part..

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John Milleker

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#6 posted 304 days ago

Sergio, get back into it! And if you don’t want to get back into the chemical process, give solography a try if you haven’t.

Definitely ironic, I practice the craft as close as possible to the original formulas in the 1850’s. Others take more modern materials. I guess CNC cutting is my version of inauthentic. Given that my woodworking skill level is: ‘Couldn’t even cut a straight line in balsa wood’ I figure I had to bend the rules a bit to get the things on my CAD program into real life.

Nate. the collapsible stand and box do separate. The stand has grooves that the box locks into while securing down the dark cloth. In partly cloudy weather and up the window is perfect, I have made the window on my next box double the size though. If I’m not reenacting I’ll use a headlamp with red LED’s.

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

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#7 posted 304 days ago

Nothing wrong with CNC, but the juxtaposition grabbed ahold of me.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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