8X20 FRONT STANDARD... A BEGINING!

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  1. Jim Fitzgerald

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    Well, I'm crazy too!!!! I love it! Here is the 8x20 front standard with the hardware, but it is not attached yet. The front is made out of walnut and I used Watco medium walnut Danish oil to finish it. I used the front tilt design from my Zone VI 4x5. The hardware is from a Kodak 2-D 8x10 that I got off of e-bay for a great deal. The brass cleaned up nicely. I am encouraged by the way this turned out. I made the front nobs out of walnut with brass knurled nobs inside. It was an experiment and they are kind of funky and are going to be replaced but I wanted to show them anyway. I'm moving on to the rails and bed after this is assembled. As I continue with this project my wood working skills increase and so by the time I get to the back maybe I can get it done fairly quickly.... Yeh, Right Jim... Oh well on to the rails.

    Stay Focused!

    Jim
     
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    Could you post a bigger pic? this one is a little small :smile:
     
  3. Jim Fitzgerald

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    JB, Looks like I need more coffee to get the brain workin!!! The attached photo is below, I think!!

    I need to Stay Focused!

    Jim
     
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    Well damn you are busy! That's looking nice. Crap! I think I'm thinking I need an 8x20 too...
     
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    wow, Jim,

    that looks really vintage! Keep up the good job!

    G
     
  6. Jim Fitzgerald

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    Guys, thanks for the encouragement. I had to stop to eat. Now it's back to getting the hardware on this thing.
    Argus, I'm going for the vintage look and i think this wood/oil combination will do it.Thanks.

    Jim
     
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    Gorgeous!
     
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    I know the feeling! LOL :smile:

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    really nice, so the finish is tru oil? is that the same as sometimes used for gun stocks?
     
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    Hi Jim,

    Great to see your progress - it's looking great. I think I'm really sold on your recommendation to me on the danish oil for my camera as well. Perhaps I'll get to starting it this weekend (if work allows).

    Dan
     
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    Dave, I think it is the same process, at least it certainly looks like it. The wood has a very smooth appearance, it almost glows! It makes you want to touch it. Thanks for the comments.

    Dan, glad you checked it out. I think it's the finish to use. Ill post another picture when all of the hardware is attached.

    Stay Focused!

    Jim
     
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    Once you're done, put a layer of Bison wax on it. It really helps keep the dirt off of it and makes the parts move without wear.

    I especially like it on the rear standard to help with sliding the film holders in and out without moving the camera.
     
  13. Jim Fitzgerald

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    Robert, Bison wax? That's one I've not heard of before. Where do you get it? Thanks

    Jim
     
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    Dare I say it?? "Buffalos?"

    No, just kidding, try www.Rockler.com. "Neutral Liberon Fine Paste Wax" is what you want. (or really any non silicone based wood wax)
     
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    Robert, thanks for the info on Rockler. I think they have a store in Rosemead California, not far from where I live. Time to experiment!!?? Oh boy!!!

    Stay Focused!

    Jim