Your thoughts, please.

Discussion in 'Darkroom Equipment' started by Robert Brummitt, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. Robert Brummitt

    Robert Brummitt Member

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    I've had it with my darkroom sink. I fix here and a new leak developes there. I feel like the little Dutch Boy. Anyway, I need your thoughts. Should I scrape and rebuild a new sink. My current is 8 feet and 24 inches and wood.(Leaky Wood). I have someone with a SS sink going for $75. It's size is 6 feet and 20 inches.
    I figure it would be $100 for a wood 8 footer rebuild.
     
  2. Donald Miller

    Donald Miller Member

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    Depends on what size prints you want to do. If you want to do 8X10 contacts in 11X14 trays then the 6 foot sink would probably work. If you want to do 16X20 prints in 20X24 trays then it probably won't work. The price for a stainless sink is very good.
     
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    I don't print larger than 11x14, although, I haven't ruled out trying 16x20 one day, but that said, if I could to do it again, I'd opt for an 8 foot sink over the six foot sink that I have. Just gives you more flexibilty if you have the space.
     
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    Robert,

    Why not fiberglass your existing sink? I built a plywood sink that is 8'x20".
    I make 8x10 contact prints. The width of the trays I use to hold the 11x14
    trays for temp control are 19 1/2 inches wide and I have to shoe-horn them into place.
    If I was to do it again I would build a wider sink. But I glassed it and
    it does not leak.

    Mike
     
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    Hi Robert:

    Stainless steel is nice, but the 8' length would be more important to me. Look at the "Darkroom Portraits" thread for some great ideas for constructing your own sink.

    I presently have a stainless sink, but if I were to do it again, I'd make my own based on some designs I've seen on the thread. Good luck!
     
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    I've no 'proper' sink as of now. Reluctantly I've given up any
    thoughts of doing entirely without a sink. I process single tray
    with one-shot chemistry. I would need a second as a holding
    tray were I to batch process. Also I use two trays when
    washing fiber base papers. Likely 11 x 14 and up size
    prints will be done single tray. Dan
     
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    Murphy's law, addendum 23 pertaining to tackle boxes and dark room sinks:

    The perfect size is one just a bit larger than the one you currently have!
     
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    Robert, I have made several fiberglass-covered wood sinks for various studios over the years. Some better than others.

    I have a written description of what worked for me (and what didn't) which I'll be happy to send you as a reply to an e-mail from you.

    Or anyone else who is interested...