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    Baseboard....which type of wood to go with?

    I've got my hands on a Beseler 23CII-XL enlarger. It currently doesn't have a baseboard. What type of wood should i buy for the baseboard. I will most likely be going to the local Home Depot or Lowes since i don't own any tools. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated. thanks!

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    MDF or any hardwood plywood will do fine. 3/4 or 1 inch. You'll also want to give it a coat of varnish or polyurethane. If you need dimensions I can try in the morning or maybe someone else will jump in.

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    2 pieces of 5/8 or 3/4 plywood with Elmer's glue between them would be perfect. Spread on your glue, and park a car tire on it all night. You'll have a baseboard that'll never bow and let your enlarger get out of parallel.

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    Form ply @ 5/8 thick cut and two pieces glued together. You can even add an edge strip if you wish. This will handle the humidity of the darkroom better than MDF
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    Dear fvs!

    I used 3 layers of 1" melamine coated particle board. I love it.

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    You have all great answers here, and I'm not being snarky. But if you just happen to have a slab of marble or granite... That would make an excellent enlarger base.

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    Why do you want a separate base? Drill a hole in your worktop and fix the enlarger column there.

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    Marble or granite would be great. Maybe a counter shop has some left over pieces for a good price. I used 3/4 birch surfaced cabinet plywood left over from one of my projects. The core is particle board, so warping is very unlikely (it
    s been six years since I made it, and all is well). I gave it a couple of coats of good varnish to seal it.
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    Probably anything made for enlargers in the last 30 years has been MDF with a melamine white surface, both sides, likely 1 inch or more thick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fotch View Post
    Probably anything made for enlargers in the last 30 years has been MDF with a melamine white surface, both sides, likely 1 inch or more thick.
    Sometimes with a strip each side of angled metal to minimise bending caused by the constant pressure of the leaning enlarger head.

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