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    Alternative to expensive photo trays

    I need just one 16x20 tray, and I don't really want to spend $30 for a piece of plastic. Does anyone have any suggestions on something that works well as a developing tray?

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    Do it the Lloyd Erlik way see link below...
    http://www.heylloyd.com/technicl/single.htm

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    Mixing pans, durable plastic rubber type form Home Depot, Lowes, or most hard ware stores. As little as $10.00. Now you can get a set.

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    I forgot to mention that they are for Concrete mixing.

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    If you're in the US, try Smart & Final. They have food trays that are relatively inexpensive. The smaller ones are a deep gray plastic used by bus boys to clear dishes and they have lids (these fit 11x14). Then there are the clear plastic ones that fit 16x20. Not sure if they have lids, but they are definitely cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leicam5
    Do it the Lloyd Erlik way see link below...
    http://www.heylloyd.com/technicl/single.htm

    Good luck

    Philippe
    Thats what I had planned to do, but still spending $30 for one tray seemed nuts! Thanks for the suggestions, someone told me that using kitty litter boxes is cheap and works well. I'll check out the concrete mixing tubs too. Only thing that I have to think about is how easy are these to pour out of... I'll post up how they work once I try them out with the single tray processing method.

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    Cat litter trays.


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    Cat litter trays work a treat and come in a lot of different sizes. All you have to do is sandpaper off a little piece in the centre of the tray otherwise it could scratch the prints.
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    For my 11x14 and larger, I use the plastic bins sold at Target (US) for underbed storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmoo
    If you're in the US, try Smart & Final. They have food trays that are relatively inexpensive. The smaller ones are a deep gray plastic used by bus boys to clear dishes and they have lids (these fit 11x14).
    The gray trays are excellent and are quite deep, good for fixing and print washing. They are quite rigid and will last for years. The kitty litter trays are rather flimsy and present a problem when you try to pour liquid out of them.

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