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    My dry bench top came from a salvage yard. I built the frame and diagonal support legs and bolted the whole thing onto the wall. It is deep enough to take Beseler 45MXTs. My web bench is a commercial steel sink unit that also came from the salvage yard (Urban Ore in Berkeley for the SF Bay locals). If someone is remodeling a kitchen nearby you may be able to salvage the top. One of the work surfaces in my first house came from a refurbished 'granny flat' (that's an in-law space for the American audience 8-) ).

    You can use some strong builder's polythene to protect tables or as a basic waterproof spill surface. For the wet bench you could use a trestle table, but something more solid would be better for the enlarger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grahamp View Post
    My dry bench top came from a salvage yard.
    The "countertops" on my dry side are two pieces of an old, tall door that I rescued from a trash pile. It was originally one piece, but there was an "incident". (All outlined in the blog)

    At the other end of the scale, I splurged and bought a stainless steel restaurant worktable. When I saw one, it just seemed perfect for the space and the tasks assigned to it.
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    Hospital and restaurant skips, great stainless steel gear to be found in them. Usually if you ask nicely there is no problem with taking them.

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    David, I'd probably rotate that press. I can imagine it becoming a pain after just a few prints.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    A great thread with some truly great darkrooms.

    Here is my darkroom, started black and white developing and printing a few months ago. Alot to learn, this site has been very helpful.



    It is a small space but I only really use 1/2 the space anyway.



    Have two enlargers at the moment as I got one free when I bought a camera. Keep the paper in the draws of the desk



    There was a gaping hole in the wall, leading to under the house. This was a disused storage room under the house before. I decided to put a ventilation fan in to keep freash air in the room. Light coming in isnt a big problem as I use the room only at night and the hole comes out underneath the house.



    I have seen some massive enlargers in this thread, am i correct in thinking these are for printing larger films?
    Currently I use an LPL enlarger that has a 35mm film and 5.5cmx5.5cm film holders. I have just purchased a 6x7 film camera so I think I may have to get a new enlarger, unless my enlarger will be able to do a larger film. The enlarger is an LPL 66-SII. I wonder if I cut a 6x7 hole in the 5.5 x 5.5 film holder would i be able to enlarge a 6x7 film?

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    I don't think you will be able to do 6x7 with that enlarger. The light source isn't designed for that, and won't illuminate the corners of the negatives.
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDP_2010 View Post
    It is a small space but I only really use 1/2 the space anyway.
    What a great space you've got! Small? Never, I print in a cupboard under the stairs!
    Steve.

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    As well , take the tension off when the press is not in use. Press will last longer that way.
    Quote Originally Posted by clayne View Post
    David, I'd probably rotate that press. I can imagine it becoming a pain after just a few prints.

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    Such a colorful space, very nice!

    I've been shy of posting mine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Carnie View Post
    As well , take the tension off when the press is not in use. Press will last longer that way.
    Good tip, Mr. Carnie. Of course, the press is already ancient, but I will raise the lid.



 

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