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    I have here a Premier front-opening paper safe. I'd prefer it to hinge at the top (less chance of accidental opening when moving the safe), but this one has a sprung hinge at the bottom, tongue and groove light trap on the door, and three shelves inside large enough for 8x10. I will likely add a spring latch of some kind to prevent accidental opening.

    I got it used, don't know if they're still made or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjr
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    There is another "public domain"-design out there at darkroomagic.com, Ralph Lambrecht´s website. He put a pdf with a sketch made by John Sexton in the download section.
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    RJR,

    Thanks for the vital clues. Here's a link to the sexton drawing on Lambrecht's website:
    http://www.darkroomagic.com/library/...ghtDrawer3.pdf

    -KwM-

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    They show up on ebay all of the time. The simple ones (which I have) can be had for around $15 or so. I have one for 8x10 paper and another for 11x14. I like to store my paper in the original boxes or envelopes. I take out enough sheets for what I anticipate for a session and place it in the safe. Whatever is left over after a session I put back in the box. That way I don't have to worry if it is perfectly safe in full bright light.
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    I've always liked the Brumberger paper safe with the rollup door. Automatic closure with the help of Mean Mister Gravity. Multiple shelves inside. Heres one I found with a breif Ebay search. Looks rough but its the same size of the one I have.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB
    Just a quick aside - in Tim Rudman's darkroom book he includes instructions for making (amongst other things) light-tight paper drawer. It doesn't look like rocket science and might be an alternative worth considering...
    I made this one some day's before. It works perfect and the construction is light tight and easy to make. Otherwise ask your carpenter making it for you I think it will be cheaper dan buying one. The cost for a new one are between $ 150 and $300,= depends on model and size.
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    I've got one like Donald. Very easy to use but needs benchspace to sit on. I only put enough paper in it for what I'm doing. Mine has 3 shelves and I tend to put cut up pieces for test strips on one shelf, full 8x10 sheets on the next one and if I have exposed sheets that I haven't developed (eg. when producing postcards or similar prionts I will develop at once) on the 3rd shelf.

    I bought it at http://www.newdark.com.au/ when they had them on 'special' but it was still a bit pricey! I've only ever seen a couple of paper safes of various types come up on eBay, they probably get sold on as part of whole darkroom setups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Qualls
    I have here a Premier front-opening paper safe. I'd prefer it to hinge at the top (less chance of accidental opening when moving the safe), but this one has a sprung hinge at the bottom, tongue and groove light trap on the door, and three shelves inside large enough for 8x10. I will likely add a spring latch of some kind to prevent accidental opening.

    I got it used, don't know if they're still made or not.



    Yes, they're still made. About $50.00

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    I bought mine off of ebay, it cost me like 10 bucks... its a simple design, if i where to have more of a workspace (my darkroom is in a temp phase) i would have gotten something better.
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    Thank you so much for all the info. You know if you've never seen something, it's kind of hard to imagine how it works. I shall now go and check out all the suggested sites and go from there. Much appreciated.

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