4x10 and 8x20 Self Build Site

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  1. philldresser

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    Just surfing tonight and came across this site regarding LF self build.

    High quality and standards

    Phill
     
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    thanks for the post.
     
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    Mark

    Way beyond my capabilities but we can dream :smile:

    Phill
     
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    Amazing.
     
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    Viw Camera Magazine ran an article on them a couple issues ago. The website is much better though. The first time I saw it (maybe a year ago) it almost discouarged me from trying to make my own cameras. Luckily I'm stupid and convinced myself that if people could make wooden cameras with just hand tools for decades before CNC machines and anodizing were developed, then maybe I could too. But those cameras ARE too cool. The only negative I saw to them was weight. I can't find it on there now, but I remember thinking it was more than double the weight of my Korona 8x20. More stable, but at twice the weight, I'll live with what I've got.
     
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    It's true that CNC setups can be more precise and faster but a good jig and an appreciation of what is required is all that's necessary. Why use a mill or horizontal boring machine when a drill press will do the job. Why think you have to have a mill to make slots. A jig and a metal cutting blade on a table saw will do it. Sure you might have to finish it off with a file, but look at the old cameras. You see Kerf marks on the parts that don't show, and some that do show. Why get excited just do a little hand sanding. You can't find knobs? Have them made or look on the net, there out there. These wooden products aren't any more difficult than putting together a wooden plane or boat model. Maybe even easier. Have you ever held a lens up with a plain ground glass and moved the lens till you got an image? The camera is just the part that goes in between that allows you to move the lens and keep it there for an exposure. It's a great feeling to make the one you use. And it will be new and you will understand it because you built it. All of the information is out there and Dave at Satin Snow can make you a ground glass that will blow your socks off. I have the 11x14 ground glass ready for our build thanks to Dave.

    regards
    Curt
     
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    Great find Phil! Thanks for the post. I am embarking on a similar project and this is the best visual information I have seen.

    Curt, I like your way of thinking.

    Thanks again Phil.

    Bill
     
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    You are 100% right, Curt, but the craftsmanship shown is amazing.

    I build my cameras with a vertical drill stand, hand saw, sanding paper and a dremel with table mill.

    G
     
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    I now have one inch and three quarter inch diameter knobs available. email me off list for pictures, They are solid brass and knurled, They come unlacquered.