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bill schwab
02-16-2010, 08:59 PM
Having grown tired of modified film holders, I've been wanting to build my own dedicated plate holder for collodion work for some time, but after failing miserably at 2 previous woodworking attempts, I decided to go the Acrylic route after seeing several made in a similar fashion. My goal was to make one that could be used with any 8x10 camera without having to modify the camera back to accept the holder.

After cannibalizing several old wooden holders, I came up with a basic design as well as the T distance to get the plate equal with the placement of the ground glass, I went about layering the acrylic so that I would have a shelf set at that distance that the plate could rest upon and then built upon that. It took a few weeks and a couple failures, but I finally got it. The result was a successful, light tight prototype that I've been continuing to improve on until I came up with my current design that has gone out to a few folks to test. So far, so good. I've been loving my original prototype and have run many plates through it without problems.

Nothing like DIY!!! (Especially when there aren't many other options)

MikeSeb
02-17-2010, 06:11 AM
Bill, I so admire the ability to make something with one's hands other than a hopeless mess. Good job man.

Jim Chinn
02-17-2010, 09:08 AM
That looks really good Bill. I been working on something similar but copying a design that someone used on Quinn's collodion fourm. Real nice thing about plastic is its easy to clean and does not stain or absorb chemicals.

bill schwab
02-17-2010, 10:39 AM
Thanks you guys. I used a lot of the ideas seen on Quinn's forum as well, Jim. There are some pretty ingenious people out there, aren't there? And yes, I think plastics are the way to go with the process these days. As much as I love the wooden gear, I'd hate to mess up the beautiful woodwork some people are capable of with collodion and silver nitrate stains!

Colin Corneau
02-17-2010, 10:53 PM
Now...d'yah ship to Canada?

bill schwab
02-18-2010, 07:14 AM
Sure! But better yet if you come and get one! :)

It's going to be a good time, Colin!

Andrew Moxom
02-18-2010, 07:43 AM
That is the shiznet!! So simple..

Kerik
02-18-2010, 10:53 AM
Ta-da!!

scootermm
02-18-2010, 10:56 AM
High five Schwab.
I'll report in soon.

jnanian
02-18-2010, 11:02 AM
too cool :)

can you make small ones, or just big ones ? :)

john

bill schwab
02-18-2010, 11:12 AM
Hi John,

Thanks for asking... I'm working on a custom build right now in the whole plate size. So far so good. 5x7 should be no problem either and I may try a 4x5 if needed.

Thanks Matt! You should have it Saturday...

Colin Corneau
02-18-2010, 02:26 PM
Right you are, Bill...consider a pick-up done, then! Looking forward to it all.

Robert Hall
02-18-2010, 02:52 PM
Hey Bill,

How about a 12x20? ;)

Robert Hall
02-18-2010, 02:53 PM
Dang nice work there, BTW.

bill schwab
02-18-2010, 04:45 PM
Thanks!! If you're serious Robert, we have ways.... :)

TheFlyingCamera
02-19-2010, 07:21 AM
Bill- I'd definitely be up for a whole-plate sized one. Give me an idea on price.

rknewcomb
02-19-2010, 11:47 AM
That is very impressive!!

bill schwab
02-19-2010, 11:58 AM
Thanks again guys! And thank you for the interest, Scott! Let me get back with you on this. I am currently working on the whole plate version and will let you know when I have the design ready.

Steve_7x
02-19-2010, 12:52 PM
Bill,

This looks very nice. Please keep us informed on how this enterprise evolves as I am interested in doing Wet Plate with an old 8x10 that I have (needs to be restored) and have held off on getting sacrificial 8x10 holders. Would this design allow for the use of the 8x10 holder and other format sizes like whole plate, 5x7, square (8x8) etc...? That would be ideal :-)

Steve

Jim Chinn
02-20-2010, 09:27 AM
Bill,

This looks very nice. Please keep us informed on how this enterprise evolves as I am interested in doing Wet Plate with an old 8x10 that I have (needs to be restored) and have held off on getting sacrificial 8x10 holders. Would this design allow for the use of the 8x10 holder and other format sizes like whole plate, 5x7, square (8x8) etc...? That would be ideal :-)

Steve

That is the ideal holder. The one I am making for myself uses inserts that I had cut that allow for whole and half plate and 4x5 plates that I can enlarge.