This winter I began restoring an 8x20 inch FS banquet camera....and ended up building another to make a matching pair!
You see, I have a friend who is a fine woodworker. When he saw the disassembled mahogany parts of an old 8x20 camera I purchased a year or so ago, he figured he could duplicate them easily (easy for him to say!). Well, lo and behold, he did just that. I now have two identical sets of mahogany pieces for two 8x20 cameras. The brass parts. corners, knobs, rack and pinions etc. have proven to be a bit harder to duplicate but I am slowly getting there. A couple of websites have come in handy (smallparts.com and brasparts.com) and I have made some friends in the local machine shop/metal smith community who are duplicating the brass pieces that I cannot get off the shelf one by one.
Yesterday I bought a mint condition Nikkor M 450mm lens in a Copal # 3 shutter. It will cover the 8x20's with ease. I bought it along with 5 8x10 inch film holders that will make my Deardorff very happy. I struck a pretty good deal with a local vendor selling off some equipment that recently came to market following the untimely passing of a fellow photographer here in town (there are other LF goodies available, if anyone is interested, I could post the list of items.).
I have yet to purchase holders for the 8x20's but Sam Wang and I have been playing e-mail tag regarding some of his holders and as soon as I can get a money order out to him, I should have something to put the film in.
I still have a lot of work to do though. I have to finish the wood with many loving coats of shellac that I will brew myself straight from the flakes. The bellows need to be purchased and fitted. I will probably send both cameras to England for this (camerabellows company).
I will keep you all updated on my progress. I may even set up a small gallery of the step by step proceedures....