For all of you DIYourselfers, what are the parts/components/materials you need ...

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  1. sv@diycamerakit.com

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    ... but can't find or make? What was the part you had the hardest time procuring or manufacturing?
     
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    I can make just about all I need except a rack and pinion for focusing. I can't find a supplier in the U.K. either.

    Whilst I have made bellows myself, your DIY bellows kit looks interesting if you can ship to the U.K.

    I think there could be a market for just the brass parts too with the customer making all the wooden parts.


    NOTE: When I go to the 'Camera Parts' section of your website I get 'There are no products to list in this category' for all sections.


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    graflok back kits. But you know I want that!
     
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    Good idea!


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    Steve, the camera parts section doesn't have any parts listed because there aren't any for sale currently ;-) If you subscribe to the news feed (RSS) on the site or blog, you will get notified when new parts/kits become available. I think I will remove all the folders without items though. And yes, any kits can be shipped anywhere. I was planning on offering a "hardware only" kit as well, as soon as my new CNC plasma cutter is operational. Cutting the brass parts on the CNC mill is too slow.
     
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    as above, rack and pinion sets, spring backs - these can be made but, the one critical dimension in a camera is in the back...

    the little clippie rivet things that are used to hold down leather handle brackets on Deardorff and Kodak 2-D (for example).

    Machined brass / stainless / aluminum parts of all sorts - especially rear bellows hosing corners with integral back spring retainer clips.

    Ground glass retainers, leaf springs for backs, stainless wood screws with gently rounded heads...yeah, I can find these but, I do not need / want 100 pieces of each size.
     
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    And I thought I was lucky having the use of a CNC drill/router!


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    You are, you CAN make the parts, it's just expensive and slow. :wink:
     
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    Slow - yes.... expensive - no. It's free as I use it at work at lunchtime.

    It's a drill router intended for printed circuit board manufacture. I can't cut metal on it. At least, I can't cut aluminium as the spindles rotate too fast. I am going to try brass though.

    It does make very nice finger joints in wood though - See the panoramic camera link in my signature line.


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    By expensive I mean in machine time. If you need to make one part and you can wait an hour for a little bracket, sure, but I can't use it for anything more then prototyping.
     
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    Luckily, I've been able to make everything I need with plywood, pvc pipe, muslin, fabric dye, a table saw, a handsaw, plastic storage containers, and truckloads of duct tape... Damn, that list was longer than I expected. :smile:

    I may be restoring a beat to hell enlarger this summer. If I need something that I cant find anywhere else, perhaps I'll add something useful to this thread :smile:

    Edit: I made this coment before looking at your site. I dont think DIY camera kits would help me in restoring an enlarger :D
     
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    You can find racks and spur gears in the UK from Davall: http://www.davall.co.uk/catalogue.php.

    Hope it helps.
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    Thanks for the link. There's some interesting stuff there.

    I like the note on most pages: "All dimensions are in inches". Proper dimensions!


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    Paul, smallparts has (actually most are out of stock) them but paying $30 for a 2 ft length and then $6 per gear makes this DIY thing pointless. It's over $50 without shipping for just the focusing gear.
     
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    They're quite helpful too - minimum £30 order, but by the time you've got a length of racking, a couple of spur gears to suit, postage and packing, you're just about there!

    Give them a call, I did and I'll be buying some stuff from them next month.

    Cheers,
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    DIY Bellows

    Would love to see DIY bellows for 5X7 or larger
     
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    The DIY Bellows Kit is available for any size. I guess my signature line was confusing.
     
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    I've put all those useful links for rack & pinion on the Flickr 'Camera Building' site too!
     
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    I need some rack and pinion to complete my latest camera. I tried MacMaster, they have exactly what I need. 1/4" sq. rack, but they will not post outside of america! I tried Smallparts website but they give hardly any information on sizes. Davall gears I used years ago, they were expensive then but I have not checked recently. I have found someone offering 'Delrin' racks. Has anyone any experience with this material. I dont fancy the white colour but if they do the job..... Can anyone advise me please?
    Thanks, Norman
     
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    It's an excellent question, I emailed you recently about a kit for 11X14 bellows but you don't have printer large enough for the pattern. If you could get a cheap printer then you're in business for the larger bellows sizes.

    I've made them in the past so I'm going to be making them in the future but i would like to see a kit, I'd try one.
     
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    I almost forgot, camera back springs, all sizes, stainless steel.
     
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    May be you can order some of your parts from SLA rapid prototyping , there are some cnc people who draws your part to CAD free if you are ordering part from their machines. May be RP guys do also