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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    And this guy http://gotgrit.com/

    Buy the smallest amounts, as we need very little
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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    I bought a pound of 600 grit silicon carbide for US$8 from a local lapidary and rock shop (as HMG is suggesting). That's enough grit to last a lifetime. Tried it for the first time recently, and it's pretty easy and the glass looks very nice. You have to keep replenishing the water so the two pieces can slide over each other. They will tend to stick together by surface tension, so be prepared to slide them apart rather than trying to lift them apart (could easily break the glass by prying). Easy to make custom sizes, nip the corners, etc using a glass scoring wheel available at any hardware store. Use a bit of sandpaper to smooth the edges and corners.

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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Thanks. I ordered me some 320 Grit.

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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Two pages and not one person has answered the original posters question. Did anyone read the last sentence of the original post before they started suggesting DIY supplies? LOL.
    Quote Originally Posted by unityofsaints View Post
    Hi,

    I'm just about to get back into 8x10 with my Tachihara field and the original ground glass is starting to get on a bit. There are lots of references online but many of them seem dead - e.g. I e-mail Steve Hopf but got no response. I don't have the tools / space to make my own.
    Since you are in Australia you might contact David Tatnall at https://viewcameraaustralia.org/about/ for a local source suggestion.

    Depending on what you would like to spend there is an auction for a new Tachihara 8x10 glass on ebay now.

    In the U.S. Badger photographic, the view camera store, midwest photo all have ground glass.

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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Free advice is expensive
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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    "I don't have the tools / space to make my own." That sounds like he doesn't know how easy it is to acquire what's needed and make one's own. If you don't have the space to make a ground glass, how can you have enough space for a LF camera or film holder? Giving good advice doesn't entail answering a question exactly how it's asked.
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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    "I don't have the tools / space to make my own." That sounds like he doesn't know how easy it is to acquire what's needed and make one's own. If you don't have the space to make a ground glass, how can you have enough space for a LF camera or film holder? Giving good advice doesn't entail answering a question exactly how it's asked.
    How easy and how inexpensive.

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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by HMG View Post
    How easy and how inexpensive.
    If you don’t count the value of time.

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    Re: Where does one get custom ground glass from these days?

    I researched several articles describing glass grinding and settled on the process described by Dick Dokas. I got a couple bags of Aluminum Oxide from willbell in 3 and 5 microns. That's been enough to do several 8x10, 11x14 and 14x17 ground glass plates and there's plenty left to do many more. I absolutely love the resulting ground glass. I got a 5"x6" grinding blank in 1/4" glass. The guy at the glass shop polished knocked down the edges and corners for me. I usually grind a glass while watching a movie or a baseball game. That's about the right time to get it done for 8x10. 14x17 takes much longer (figure three sessions) and a quite a bit of more elbow grease. It will bring great satisfaction every time you see the image your camera makes and you will quickly forget how sore you arm was. You'll want to get something to protect your ground glass in transport.

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