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mbphoto7
15-Dec-2008, 18:00
I'm building a wood camera and need hardware, in particular ground glass retaining clips. If anyone knows where I can locate a retailer who stocks such hardware I would be quite appreciative. Thanks, Martin.

Jim Fitzgerald
15-Dec-2008, 19:03
I'm building a wood camera and need hardware, in particular ground glass retaining clips. If anyone knows where I can locate a retailer who stocks such hardware I would be quite appreciative. Thanks, Martin.

Martin, sorry I don't have a source for you but they are very easy to make out of brass. Get some brass stock from a hardware store and then just copy one if you have something to copy. I made some to match a Deardorff and you can't tell the difference without looking closely.

Jim

Ben Hopson
15-Dec-2008, 20:14
Like Jim, I made some for a Deardorff back I was restoring. I used stainless steel and though it is a bit harder to work with than brass, it is still quite simple to do.

Ben

Brian Ellis
15-Dec-2008, 21:21
I think I have some retaining clips from an 8x10 Deardorff. I'll look in the morning and let you know, if I can find them I'll just give them to you.

mbphoto7
16-Dec-2008, 00:18
Thanks, Brian. I have plenty of braising rods and old brass stock I can work. I was just hoping there was somewhere out there that might stock such things. I can make a spring back in a few hours if I can find a regular supply source for springs and retaining clips.

ic-racer
16-Dec-2008, 09:00
They can be made, its not too hard.

Frank Petronio
16-Dec-2008, 09:40
You could also buy them from a camera manufacturer, Canham or what-his-name in Vermont come to mind...

John Schneider
16-Dec-2008, 10:48
You could also buy them from a camera manufacturer, Canham or what-his-name in Vermont come to mind...

Richard Ritter probably has a large bin of these parts, or could make them to order.

Glenn Thoreson
16-Dec-2008, 11:40
I make them out of half hard stainless steel. Easy.

Eric Woodbury
16-Dec-2008, 12:10
I'm building a camera, too. I'm not worried about the gg clips. In the past I've made them from brass and I think I may have glued one gg in with silicon. I see that gears can be had from McMaster and most other hardware is conventional or easy to make. The one that always throws me are the springs for the back. I have bought these from Calumet as replacement springs and I have salvaged them from other old cameras. This round I was lucky and got some parts from an old dealer of that guy from back east. What do the rest of you do?

And the bellows? What are your favorites? I have used a company here in CA, but I find their bellows too stiff. I'd like one like the one on my Ebony or some other soft bellows that would allow some rise/fall with wide angles on cold days. Doesn't have to be leather. My bellows is designed to be tapered and 400mm (16") long. This is for a 4x5.

mbphoto7
16-Dec-2008, 13:20
I'm not using bellow on this camera. The lens is an old Petzval type with geared focus. This will be a basic box with an aperture, shutter and spring back. No adjustments other than what the geared lens can provide.

EuGene Smith
16-Dec-2008, 21:06
It appears that most of the manufacturers (even Bender) and repair shops use the same clips, probably obtained from the same source(s) . . . it seems that it couldn't be too much of a closely guarded secret as to who make those things.

Smiff