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    Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    While I wait for chems to arrive, I've been pondering how to work here in our small house.
    I have a small basement workshop which also serves as laundry room, storage, and my office is next door.
    My daughter is 9, she listens to me, and she won't get into any of my gear, but I'd still like to keep most of this away from her and my wife as much as possible.

    I'd store the chemicals in my film fridge and the rest in a cooler.
    I've been thinking to have some kind of small tent to work in (silver bath, developer) that I can keep a gallon of water in, too.
    The smaller the better. In fact, if I could make something about the size of a Harrison medium tent, that'd be great.
    But it would have to be easily retractable/removable, with stiffer walls than a film changing tent, and somewhat portable.

    An ice fishing tent is too big to keep in the basement, I think, but I may be wrong. I could make something out of plywood, but it'd be too heavy and not foldable.
    I'll be doing wet plate at home/in the backyard for the first few weeks, but I'd like to avoid running up and down stairs with silver nitrate dripping off a plate holder.
    What do you guys do? Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Ari View Post
    While I wait for chems to arrive, I've been pondering how to work here in our small house.
    I have a small basement workshop which also serves as laundry room, storage, and my office is next door.
    My daughter is 9, she listens to me, and she won't get into any of my gear, but I'd still like to keep most of this away from her and my wife as much as possible.

    I'd store the chemicals in my film fridge and the rest in a cooler.
    I've been thinking to have some kind of small tent to work in (silver bath, developer) that I can keep a gallon of water in, too.
    The smaller the better. In fact, if I could make something about the size of a Harrison medium tent, that'd be great.
    But it would have to be easily retractable/removable, with stiffer walls than a film changing tent, and somewhat portable.

    An ice fishing tent is too big to keep in the basement, I think, but I may be wrong. I could make something out of plywood, but it'd be too heavy and not foldable.
    I'll be doing wet plate at home/in the backyard for the first few weeks, but I'd like to avoid running up and down stairs with silver nitrate dripping off a plate holder.
    What do you guys do? Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Here's two that I've built. The first one does up to 5x7. The top is a big piece of 1/8 inch red plexi. I do 8x10 in the second but it could no doubt do 11x14. Both of these boxes collapse--the first one folds up flat, the second is just a big storage tub and everything can be taken down and fit inside. I don't advise pouring plates (collodion) in your basement if you have a gas furnace or dryer.


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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    Thanks, Kent.

    The furnace is off during summer months, but if I had a rig like your first one, I could set up anywhere.

    I'll send you a PM, if you don't mind. Thanks

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    Got a hatchback, station wagon, or a pick up truck?

    This southern lady does it in her trunk. I'm sure eventually you will take it on the road someday.

    Make it a dedicated wet plate wagon.



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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    I do have a hatchback, nice and big, too.
    But we only have one car, and in the winter, it gets used a lot.

    I've definitely thought about getting a cheap second vehicle, a small van or hatchback, and using it only for WP excursions.

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    I will use my pickup with tall cap, everything quickly removable to my shed, oops, need another fridge for that now

    I am also working on my cargo trailer to make it useful for wet plate and more

    Now making Dark Slides for the 2 windows, more on that when done, with Rubylith inserts

    A removable cover for my skylight aka exhaust fan

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    What I've found is working in a darkbox, or small tent in the back of a truck is pretty hot and not conducive to making clean plates. At least for me, but I live in Arizona. Even in cool weather, it's best to have a lot of room where you are developing. Pouring the plate doesn't matter, you can do that in the light. But then you need to put it in the silver, and that's where I found myself scratching the collodion a lot if I was in tiny spaces. You have to keep your elbows in tight in a confined space, and your tanks are all close together, not much room to tilt the plate up to drain it, etc. It can be done, but it's much easier in a roomy ice fishing tent or dark room (I use my laundry room, the washer and dryer are my flat surfaces for trays and tanks).

    The other thing is make sure you have enough light. Some people skimp and you'll not stop the development very quickly if you can't see the plate in dim red light. I use a red LED headlamp so I can see. Stay in the red spectrum, amber sometimes fogs. Don't allow direct sunlight to shine through rubylith onto your plate, it might fog. But don't worry about little pinholes in the roof of a tent, usually they won't cause a problem if you work fast and don't let a particular pinhole beam to hit the plate.

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    I suggest a padlock on the refrigerator used for chemistry to prevent accidents.

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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    A year ago I've had the same problem. You guys have pretty interesting solutions. I just built a separate house near the garage, and now I work there. In the afternoons, my children attend after school care. You can find either of their locations here. In the evenings they have a bunch of things to do, so they are not particularly interested in my working out building. However, now they want me to build the same house for them. I don't even know if it became easier for me. Probably it would be better to just equip the garage.
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    Re: Where to Work - At Home, Kids, etc

    Quote Originally Posted by Two23 View Post
    Here's two that I've built. The first one does up to 5x7. The top is a big piece of 1/8 inch red plexi. I do 8x10 in the second but it could no doubt do 11x14. Both of these boxes collapse--the first one folds up flat, the second is just a big storage tub and everything can be taken down and fit inside. I don't advise pouring plates (collodion) in your basement if you have a gas furnace or dryer.


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