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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.

    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

    Edit: I made this coment before looking at your site. I dont think DIY camera kits would help me in restoring an enlarger
    "I have captured the light and arrested its flight! The sun itself shall draw my pictures!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    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.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vickersdc View Post
    You can find racks and spur gears in the UK from Davall: http://www.davall.co.uk/catalogue.php.
    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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    Why are rack n pinions so hard to find? Here is a site that has em... http://www.smallparts.com/s/191-5411...bmit&x=28&y=12

    I see lots of small parts distributors out there with em.
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by paul ron View Post
    Why are rack n pinions so hard to find? Here is a site that has em... http://www.smallparts.com/s/191-5411...bmit&x=28&y=12
    Wrong side of the Atlantic for me. I expect the postage is more than the parts!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    Thanks for the link. There's some interesting stuff there.

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


    Steve.
    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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