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    Another Homemade 8x10 Wet Plate Holder

    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)
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    Bill, I so admire the ability to make something with one's hands other than a hopeless mess. Good job man.
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    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.
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    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!

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    Now...d'yah ship to Canada?

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    Sure! But better yet if you come and get one!

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

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    That is the shiznet!! So simple..
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    Ta-da!!
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    High five Schwab.
    I'll report in soon.
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    too cool

    can you make small ones, or just big ones ?

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