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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    So it looks like if I made it 20" it would probably fit 16x20 trays. How deep should I make it? I've heard some people say 6" but I'm thinking more like 4". I've never had a proper darkroom sink.
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    I have a 6 foot sink and its not even close to being long enough when I want to print 16x20. I end up with 3 tray's in the sink and 1 on a shelf near the sink.
    If I can fit 3 16x20 trays in the sink it will be big enough. I don't want the sink to take up my whole room, which is only 8x10 feet. I never use 16x20 trays, in fact I don't even have any right now, but I didn't want to build the sink so that a 16x20 tray just barely didn't fit when I could have made it just a bit bigger and they would fit. At first I was thinking 18 inches wide but it looks like I can make it 20 inches wide and then it will accomodate 16x20 trays if I ever want to.

    I'm having a hard time finding a paint/sealer to use. All I can find at Lowes and so on is garage floor paint, which I'm not sure if that will work or not.
    f/22 and be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetterSense View Post
    If I can fit 3 16x20 trays in the sink it will be big enough. I don't want the sink to take up my whole room, which is only 8x10 feet. I never use 16x20 trays, in fact I don't even have any right now, but I didn't want to build the sink so that a 16x20 tray just barely didn't fit when I could have made it just a bit bigger and they would fit. At first I was thinking 18 inches wide but it looks like I can make it 20 inches wide and then it will accomodate 16x20 trays if I ever want to.

    I'm having a hard time finding a paint/sealer to use. All I can find at Lowes and so on is garage floor paint, which I'm not sure if that will work or not.
    If I was building a sink right now I'd try to incorporate the ability to put wire shelving inside the sink, to raise the trays off the bottom.

    Shelving like this:

    http://www.homedepot.com/Storage-Organization-Closet-Storage-Complete-Storage-Systems-Wire-Shelves-Accessories/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbcf0/R-202104723/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

    As for the paint, do I assume correctly that Dallas Texas may not be a great place to go for marine grade paints?
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    Try a boat supply. As I mentioned before I used polyester resin. There are coloring agents that can be added. It comes with two parts - base and catalyst. It can be applied by brush and as many coats as you feel necessary for thickness.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

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    Check the following website.
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    On the depth of the sink, I would make it deeper rather than shallower, especially on the sides and back. Splashing is all too common, especially if you're handling a big tray with a lot of heavy liquid in it. I'd have the front edge of the sink no less than 6" tall, preferably 8". The sides and back I'd make at least 12"-15", maybe even 18".

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    One time I asked, "When does March Madness start?" and all my friends laughed at me. I guess it's kinda similar to asking 'how big are 16x20" trays'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holmburgers View Post
    One time I asked, "When does March Madness start?" and all my friends laughed at me. I guess it's kinda similar to asking 'how big are 16x20" trays'.
    Actually in this case, not. A 16x20 tray is roughly 16x20 on the interior dimension. The exterior dimensions are a different story altogether. Depending on how much wiggle-room the manufacturer has molded in to the interior, plus any lip and/or spout they've added to the exterior, a 16x20 tray could very well have a total footprint of 18x24, or even more.

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    No, I completely agree. That's the funny thing about it; when I asked 'when does March Madness start?', I really meant what date exactly. I'm sympathetic to his question, not criticizing.
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    i would make your sink about 6" wider than a 16x20 tray
    and have high sides, front and a back.
    i read your thread on the lf site seeing this is going to be UPSTAIRS
    the last thing you want is a splash+leak+ruined walls and ceilings below.

    when i used a wood sink, boat plywood and fiberglass resin +cloth sheets of fiberglass.
    and 4x4s double strapped to make sure it can handle all the weight of
    a huge wood sink filled with 200lbs of water.

    have fun !
    john

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