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

    ... 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Sully75 View Post
    graflok back kits. But you know I want that!
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sv@diycamerakit.com View Post
    as soon as my new CNC plasma cutter is operational. Cutting the brass parts on the CNC mill is too slow.
    And I thought I was lucky having the use of a CNC drill/router!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    And I thought I was lucky having the use of a CNC drill/router!
    You are, you CAN make the parts, it's just expensive and slow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sv@diycamerakit.com View Post
    You are, you CAN make the parts, it's just expensive and slow.
    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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