recover a speed graphic?

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  1. phirehouse

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    Hello, I have a baby speed graphic, (pacemaker 2x3 with a side mounted kalart), that i am trying to bring back from the dead. I bought it off of Ebay as a flood damaged unit and was not expecting much out of it, save for a few spare parts. When it arrived, i was surprised to see that other than a good layer of silt covering most everything, it appeared to be pretty decent. I have been working on it, and at the very least, i will have a much better sense of how these cameras operate. My question is...does anyone know of a source for a "template" for cutting a new leather cover. My leather was so brittle, that it came off in many pieces, and is useless to use as a pattern for a new cover. The wood is still very nice underneath it all, and i could try to leave it uncovered as well, but i thought i would ask you guys first.
     
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  2. Ian Grant

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    I left the wood natural on my one Speed Graphic (pre Anniversary), I just sanded and French polished it. The other was missing it's shutter so I just filled in the hole left where the mechanism should have been and re-covered with leatherette, it was fairly easy there was no need for a template.

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    It's a non standard Wide angle model.

    Ian
     
  3. phirehouse

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    nice looking camera, thank-you for the reply. if there is not a template available, i may just take a crack at it without the pattern.
     
  4. Steve Smith

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    Mine is also varnished wood though the finish isn't as nice as Ian's.


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    This has been discussed before at www.graflex.com. They will be able to help you.

    Steve
     
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    Wrong target Steve, Graflex Inc (graflex.com) make target sights, Graflex.org is the one you meant.

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  7. phirehouse

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    There does not seem to be a lot of info, or resources in regards to recovering the speed graphic. I could get leather from camera leather, and I did find the site where the drowned speed graphic camera is restored. However, the camera's old covering was used to fashion a new template which is not an option for me. I was just checking to see if maybe someone had come across a template or made one for their own project. I do think that if i want to go the leather route, with patience and carefull measurements, I will be able to fashion a new cover. I just did not want to waste a bunch of leather in the process.
     
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    No need to waste any leather. Just make a paper pattern, you can work with your pattern until you are happy with it, then you can transfer to the leather and go for broke.

    m
     
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    I am sure someone at Graflex dot org will know the exact answer to the question.

    FWIW, they really don't look bad without the covering. Maybe stain it a bit, rub a thin layer or three of shellac on it, etc. Paint a picture on it...Go to town!
     
  10. Neanderman

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    My first (beater) Graphlex was pretty much skinless when I got it, so I just completed the skinning process, did a little sanding to get rid of old glue, slapped a little stain on it and varnished it. The body of mine was mahogany and I doubt that was just a fluke. So it really looked kinda nice.

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  11. Matthew Rusbarsky

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    I've re-skinned cameras using wide masking tape. Make up a sheet of tape by taping it down on a sheet of glass, overlapping the edges. Peel it up and stick it on your camera. Cut away excess with an exacto knife untill your camera is covered with perfect masking tape panels. Peel off the tape panels and stick them on your recovering material. Instant template.
     
  12. bart Nadeau

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    Where did you get those nifty levels?