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Dark box for wet plate photography

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Project by BTimmons posted 275 days ago 1318 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the finished dark box. Or at least, my part in the project is done. It still needs a blackout cloth to be fitted. This will be used as a portable dark room for developing wet plate photos. If you’ve ever seen pictures of the old time photo equipment where the photographer has a cloth draped over them, it’s this kind of work.

The dark box is framed in red oak, with 1/2” birch ply panels. The exterior was colored with gel stain and topped with several coats of Arm-R-Seal. The interior was painted flat white in order to reflect ambient red light that will be used inside the box when developing plates. A red LED will provide interior light.

Included a wet plate image of myself that my photographer friend took, because tintypes are freakin’ cool. The complete construction gallery can be seen here.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147





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#1 posted 275 days ago

Cool project…. Should serve you well.

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

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Don W

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#2 posted 274 days ago

Well done.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#3 posted 274 days ago

great build,looks great.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 274 days ago

Nice build Brian! Your friend does good work too. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 270 days ago

Looks great, what are you using for legs? I am planning a similar box for wet plate and was happy to see this one.

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#6 posted 270 days ago

klev – The friend who commissioned the box is going to use a folding table as a base for an upcoming event. I might eventually build a basic folding stand for it.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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#7 posted 253 days ago

Well done, looks very well thought out and made.

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#8 posted 220 days ago

nice =)

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 220 days ago

Nice…perpetuating a historic photographic process. Please post some photos.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#10 posted 220 days ago

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