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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    Nice work. Look forwards to seeing more.
    I've restored two half plate cameras this year with new bellows, backs and fronts. These 100 plus year old cameras were very well built and can be put in action again.

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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    Great job! After you clean the metal parts, do you coat them with anything?
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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

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    I had a project similar and there were a number before mine. Your's looks good so far!


    My thread here (pictures are mostly gone, but re-posted at the end of the thread)
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...10-Restoration

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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    I am glad to see this old camera being brought back to life.

    When you are done with the restorstion, I hope that you can find an extyension rail to fit it.
    Me too but I will worry about it after I get a back and new bellows.


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    Great job! After you clean the metal parts, do you coat them with anything?
    No, I will see how it ages. I would like them to get some patina again but if it gets too bad, I will start over and coat them. That's not the biggest job to do.



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    I had a project similar and there were a number before mine. Your's looks good so far!


    My thread here (pictures are mostly gone, but re-posted at the end of the thread)
    https://www.largeformatphotography.i...10-Restoration
    Thanks for the link. Your Century looks a lot like mine, I will read your topic with interest.

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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    "The wood was left as it was and just rubbed with olive oil."

    Might you face a problem of it going rancid at some point? Mixing with lemon juice is supposed to solve that problem. Finding pure Olive Oil is not as easy as it seems. Too many on the market are actually blends, even when claiming to be pure.
    Tung Oil as a finish may be a better choice as it doesn't have the problem.
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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    Ah! I have been using the same oil a couple years ago on the wood of a coffee grinder and it still looks and smell good. I don't use much oil, just enough on a paper towell to give the wood some shine so hopefully it will be OK.

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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    There is not much to say about the latest work but I did everything I could do with the method explained above. Now I can put the camera on a shelve until I get a back and bellows.

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    For the back and ground glass frame, I'm hoping to find original ones but if it takes too long, I have found drawings to make them or more likely to have them made:
    http://web.archive.org/web/200409140...ail/camera.htm

    For the bellows, the inner material has very little light leaks so I might to repair the outside layer. I did it on the bellows of a 4x5 camera with rubber glue and acrylic paint and it doesn't look pretty but there are no more leaks.

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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    It's looking very good. Nice work!
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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    I found it easier to make a new bellows than repair the old one. You camera is looking good, I hope you are planning on using it.
    After I got a new Shen-Hao, I put a vintage lens on mine and still use it.
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    Re: Vintage 8x10 restauration project

    Thank you, I like your Century too. I am planing to use mine but I hope it won't take too long to get the missing parts.

    By the way, does anyone know if all 8x10 backs from Kodak, Rochester, Century of that era era will fit my camera?

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