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Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 07:14
Folks,

I'm refinishing a Century Semi-Centennial 1A stand and 8x10 10A camera for a winter project and have some questions for the crowd.

1. Does anyone have the accessory 8x10 film holder rack that attached to the side column(s)? I'd like to talk to you about construction and dimensions so I can have one made. I'm assuming no one actually wants to sell one if they have it.

2. I'm currently planning on NOT removing the vertical carriage and refinishing around it because the spring looks difficult to manage. I've done things like this before and suspect the factory had a "special tool" that was probably a T-handle pipe with a slot in the end to capture the spring end. Am I missing the "easy button" to manage refinishing the vertical carriage?

3. Any advice, pitfalls, or words of wisdom on refinishing the camera itself? Suggestions for stain color if I need it?

Thanks much!

Steve

Scott Davis
12-Dec-2008, 07:18
Steve-

I have a stand with the film holder bins that attach to the underside of the camera platform. I can photograph them and post pics if you need.

Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 07:44
Steve-

I have a stand with the film holder bins that attach to the underside of the camera platform. I can photograph them and post pics if you need.

Scott,

Thanks much! That would be a great help. If you have a measure handy, the outside dimensions and wall thickness would be super.

Cheers,

Steve

eddie
12-Dec-2008, 07:55
i would like to see this also.

Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 09:27
Eddie,

You can see one in the background and attached to the stand in this eBay auction:

http://cgi.ebay.com/8x10-wooden-Century-studio-camera-GREAT-display-item_W0QQitemZ350092783133QQcmdZViewItem

I could make one, or have one made from this picture, but iId like to be as authentic as possible. You can see it attaches with apparently one screw from the cross bracket and holds twelve film holders.

Eddie, send me $1,500 and I'll have a couple made for you!

Cheers,

Steve

Scott Schroeder
12-Dec-2008, 09:47
I have a 1A stand and 10A if you need pics.
I believe everthing is original except the casters I just replaced with new ones that lock. The 10A is a dark stain like walnut colored, much darker than the one linked to ebay.
I'll be using the 10A for the first time this weekend with my new custom wet plate back made by Wayne Pierce. According to UPS it's out for delivery today. I'm anxious to use this beautiful camera.....

Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 09:56
Scott,

Yep, the eBay one is too light. I have a 10A and a 7A (with the #3 3-legged stand), but what I ideally need is a stain suggestion (brand, color) to help refinish the camera and stand if needed, and to stain the hopefully soon-to-be film holder bin.

Eddie, seriously, if I have one or two made, it might be financially advantageous to have 3-4 made. I was thinking about two, one for unexposed and one for exposed holders. Are you interested? If so, I'll e-mail you when I get info.

Cheers,

Steve

Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 10:27
Scott D,

Oh, and if you could tell me how much higher the front edge of a film holder slot is than the back of the slot along with the front-to-back thickness, that will give me the angle of the slots.

BTW, if I can assemble all the required info, I will post it for others who might like to build one.

Thanks again,

Steve

Captain_joe6
12-Dec-2008, 16:50
I've got a stand which I'm pretty sure is a 1A, though I'm not at home to look at it at the moment. The spring is actually quite easy to manage. I took mine completely apart and refinished the whole thing, camera and all. Luckily, all my metal was in fair enough condition to not have to worry about besides a good cleaning.

Scott Schroeder, if I might ask, where did you get your casters? My stand is missing its casters, and its been hell trying to find compatible replacements.

eddie
12-Dec-2008, 17:38
thanks steve! pm sent.

i never saw one of those before. how does it attach to the stand?

Steve Hamley
12-Dec-2008, 17:50
thanks steve! pm sent.

i never saw one of those before. how does it attach to the stand?

Eddie,

It's a "box" open front and back, with about 45 degree slots for film holders. From the picture (I've never actually seen one), it mounts like a picture frame whose "slot" slides down on a screw in the side post. The thing that would bother me is that a single screw would allow the "bin" to rotate and mar the post finish, so I'd modify the design to use two. But that's a long way off.

Cheers,

Steve

Diane Maher
15-Dec-2008, 06:59
Interesting. I'd never seen anything like that before. I have one of these big stands too. I don't know if mine would accept such a thing on its side.

Steve Hamley
15-Dec-2008, 12:32
Diane,

It will on the opposite side of the handwheel. I think the handwheel would interfere with it on that side.

Cheers,

Steve

Scott Schroeder
15-Dec-2008, 14:47
I got sick of it creeping and having to put blocks to stop the wheels from moving so I went to Lowe's and bought some new ones (http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=235528-255-4031399N&lpage=none). To make them fit in the hole I used 3/8" nuts (that are 5/8" on the oustide) and put four of them on each caster. Works like a charm!
That sucker doesn't move when you lock the wheels.

Now I want to find some all terrain type to do outdoor work :)

Steve Hamley
15-Dec-2008, 15:11
Scott,

Neat idea! Thanks, Steve

Scott Schroeder
15-Dec-2008, 15:15
I forgot to mention that the stand I got the 'brake' on the rear wheel was broken and that's why I had to put the blocks down to keep it from moving.