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Magic Lantern Slide Holder

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Project by Don Johnson posted 09-01-2019 12:46 PM 428 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally have got round to cleaning up and re-illuminating the magic lantern that I rescued from being set to a skip some 40 years ago (Pic 3). I previously had adapted an Edison Screw bulb base to take a quartz iodine projector lamp to fit in the socket inside the lantern, but had not done much else with it for years. Watching a Youtube video on renovating a magic lantern using a LED device sparked my interest so I ordered a LED projector lamp from Ebay to see how that would work. Unfortunately, the only suitable lamps I could find were from China, so I’m having to wait some weeks for it to be delivered to the UK.

In the meantime, my daughter mentioned that she would like to have the lantern left to her, so I thought that I’d better get a proper slide holder rather than the cardboard version I made, or the metal one for 35 mm slides (Pic 4) Unfortunately, all the holders advertised on ebay were from the USA, with carriage charges around three times the actual price of the holder itself. As I’m too mean to pay those sorts of charges I decided to make one myself – how hard could it be ?

Eventually I found some tulipwood (?) that was big enough, which I tried to resaw to a more sensible thickness, but which was too much for my bandsaw, so I just fed it through my planer/thicknesser lots of times. I cut the holes using my bench router, but it was strange to assemble the component parts without using my pin nailer – just glue – but eventually I got it made. When fitting it to the lantern, I found that it was too bulky to go into the spring-loaded holder recess, so I had to do a lot of remedial work on my electric belt sander. Amazingly, after all the re-working, it ended up looking quite reasonable – especially after a couple of coats of Danish oil.

I just have to wait for a parcel from China now, so I can give the new holder a proper test.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk





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#1 posted 09-01-2019 06:05 PM

for the life of me I could not figure out what was going on. After re-reading and looking at the pics, it finally came to me ( I think ) that you made a negative holder for a slide projector ?
If that is it – good job
If that’s not it, that’s a good looking hunk of lumber !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-01-2019 10:20 PM

I’m sorry if it wasn’t immediately clear, but yes – I did make a something like a negative holder for a slide projector, except that it is for an old magic lantern, and the 3 1/4 inch square slides it holds are positives, not negatives.

Here’s a typical old slide

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 09-02-2019 12:06 AM

Don, no apologies necessary – it’s all me, I’m just not as well versed as most

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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