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    Dark Box Build Mark II

    I had posted my previous dark box build here, so I thought I would post my dark box mark II here as well. The first dark box which I documented in my Dark Box Build thread turned out to not work so well. Well, It worked fine as a darkbox, just failed in the portability department. It weighs a lot, and was harder to move around than I had hoped.

    Because of that, with warmer springtime weather beginning to show, I started construction of my new darkbox last week, and finished it this morning. It's conceptually simpler than the last one, but overall more portable and easier to set up. The main feature of this dark box is that it has wheels attached to the bottom so when it's folded up it can be used as a cart to transport the rest of my tintype gear.

    If any of you want to replicate it or build one inspired by it, I can send you some instructions and a parts list, though I'd have to put that together first. At the moment the plans exist mostly in my head.



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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    Ooops!

    I and some others will not view or use FakeBook...insta

    Youtube I do use
    Images vastly preferred

    not game trying to


    focus


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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Can View Post
    Ooops!

    I and some others will not view or use FakeBook...insta

    Youtube I do use
    Just updated it with a youtube link!

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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    Very thoughtful

    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethan View Post
    Just updated it with a youtube link!
    Images vastly preferred

    not game trying to


    focus


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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    I've been thinking of something similar. I'm looking at buying one of those metal grate garden wagons with big tires. I make a PVC frame which is fastened to the wagon, then fastened to my dark box. My box is a big plastic tub from Walmart, and the tent is stretched over a PVC frame. It all collapses into the tub. I would have about six gallon jugs of water in the wagon part, down low to provide stability. Where I live wind is a major problem.


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    Re: Dark Box Build Mark II

    A Dark Box: is is to replace the classic/traditional little tent used by wet plate shooters of old?

    A great idea and looks like it will work as a traveling work space for wet plate.

    You could take that rig out to a Cowboy Action Shooting event or Civil War re-enactments and do period portraits with it.
    Drew Bedo
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