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View Poll Results: Primary Wood Option

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  • Cherry

    12 36.36%
  • Cedar

    0 0%
  • Oak

    4 12.12%
  • Mahogony

    7 21.21%
  • Walnut

    1 3.03%
  • Maple

    1 3.03%
  • Black Palm

    2 6.06%
  • Rosewood

    4 12.12%
  • Purpleheart

    1 3.03%
  • Bubinga

    1 3.03%
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    Building 4x5 camera

    I'm building my first 4x5 monorail out of wood. I will post images of my design and will definately post a step-by-step when I'm done. The only part of the camera I am not building is the lens - everything else will be handmade from wood (no powertools). I was wondering if anyone had suggestions regarding the wood I use or tips/things they notice about there own wooden camera. Please feel free to comment about my design; any flaws you may see.

    Already have a lens: 150mm F5.6 Fujinon-W
    but I am keeping my eye out for a brass lens as well.

    The design is a work in progress:

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    I voted for oak - but only because that is exactly what I am doing: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum147/...struction.html

    Cherry or mahogany would be good too. Old furniture can be a good source of wood for these projects, as are boatyards of which there are plenty near me.


    Steve.

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    Macassar Ebony is missing in the poll, I'd vote for it (but beware the irritating dust).
    Anyway congrats for your beautiful project, in Cherry would be very nice :-)

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    I've always liked bubinga so that's what I voted for... but I like curly maple too, maybe with a light cherry stain. Zebrawood might be interesting too.

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    i said oak
    only because it is plentiful.
    no point using something exotic ...

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    I'd say build it out of something cheap like poplar or pine to test your plans. Then build it out of the wood of your choice. If you happen to build one out of birds eye maple and don't want it, just send it to me.

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    Oh... birds eye maple... yeah, very pretty... but stable??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Oh... birds eye maple... yeah, very pretty... but stable??
    Thats exactly what I'm wondering about - what wood looks good and is strong too. I am not experienced enough with all different types of exotic wood to know. Thanks for your comments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old-N-Feeble View Post
    Oh... birds eye maple... yeah, very pretty... but stable??
    Fender used it for guitar necks. They need to be much more stable than a camera.


    Steve.

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