Recently I decided to use up a load of spare ply my Father had left in the shed. It turned out there was enough to make several 5x4 pinhole cameras and so I made a basic box design and began cutting.
It was a lot easier this time around as I had a proper band saw. The first time I had to cut by hand, using mdf I did manage to make a very wide angle pinhole camera, but it looks very wonky, lol! The new ones are very, very neat. I'm really proud so far as I've come up with lots of little problems that I've solved very easily. I guess it will be harder when I try and make my LF box camera based on an old victorian design I've seen.
Flare is a problem with a pinhole I've noticed. So what I've done is set the pinhole 5mm back - it will be mounted on the inside of the camera. This 5mm gap will also be aided by a big ring I've cut out of the ply and mounted over the original hole. This should act as a kind of hood.... well in theory.
All the commercial, and some of the DIY designs I've seen so far seem to incorporate a slot for your double dark slide (DDS). This I found rules out using my fuji quickloader. Something that really annoys me. So on the new design I've decided to copy the principle of my Cambo SC and have something hold the DDS against the edge of the box. This should allow various 5x4 film formats. I'll use some special strips of foam to black it out.
I've also noticed that composing your shot is difficult. I came up with a simple solution of using a mount of card (as I discussed recently in a couple of other threads I think) with tracing paper stapled to the card. You slot this in place, use a dark cloth or coat to black it out and compose that way. OK its not at all bright like on an LF camera, but it gives you an idea.
Anyway, I posted this up incase it might help anyone. I've been tempted to try and sell two of these cameras once they are done, lol! Pay off the band saw