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Dark box for wet plate photography

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Project by BTimmons posted 10-21-2013 02:33 PM 6925 views 2 times favorited 11 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 - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com





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#1 posted 10-21-2013 02:47 PM

Cool project…. Should serve you well.

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

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#2 posted 10-21-2013 06:59 PM

Well done.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 10-21-2013 09:56 PM

great build,looks great.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 10-22-2013 06:41 AM

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

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 10-25-2013 07:37 PM

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 10-25-2013 07:42 PM

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 - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 09:06 PM

Well done, looks very well thought out and made.

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#8 posted 12-14-2013 05:34 PM

nice =)

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 12-14-2013 05:41 PM

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

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

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#11 posted 09-18-2021 09:27 AM

A bit off topic, but did you know that the term “Dark Box” itself originates not from the field of photography, but from the religious 16th-century innovation, designed to ensure that confession can be heard in a church, not in a priest’s bedroom?

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