Ed is right! Food and shelter and a wife for that matter! Don't need much of either. I'd go for it! The holders are the costly item in 11x14. You will be lucky if you can find some use ones for 250-350. The x-ray film is fragile but cheap as hell. How about 60 cents new! Comes in 100 sheet boxes. Building a bach is not that hard. If I can do it for my 8x20 from scratch then I'm sure you can too.