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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    One more view of my DR cleaned up a little, but still needing some TLC after a month of printing heavily. Installed shelves in my new bench for paper, cleared the back end off for framing/matting, and anchored the top of the Beseler 45V-XL to the ceiling so it doesn't wobble so much when cranking it up:



    Here's a silly pic of me finishing up the bench shelves my wife took. Note the other Beseler 45-MX that is now stored in the other room but will get used at some point. That makes 3 4x5 enlargers!



    One of these days I'm going to put up a piece of drywall over the left area to cover the insulation, and somehow paint or create a massive step wedge across the wall from Zone 0 to Zone 10, along with some shelves over there for printing chemicals like my acetic acid and such.
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Please be careful to encapsulate the fiberglass insulation so you cannot possible breath in any of the fibres. A cheap layer of Drywall is a necessity for your health.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Nice article. I will have to examine the photos closely. I have all the materials, but continue to procrastinate on building the damn UV exposure area in my DR. Honestly I'm not 100% sure how to wire the ballasts.

    The plan for my area is the same as yours, but upside-down. Exposure unit will be under the desk in a drawer, with both normal and UV bulbs. Two switches, for each type of bulb. Normal bulbs will make it a light table, UV bulbs for alt processes of course. Mine has space for a 20x24 print. Just need to wire it and buy some glass for the table.
    Please us an electrician to do the balast wiring. Overall that is a safety issue. and electricians are not expensive .

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    I'm envious!

    While my efficiently organized, 6'x8' darkroom works "fine" for me for printing up to 16x20, it would be lovely to have more space.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    My latest (and probably last) darkroom was completed a little over a year ago to fit a spare bedroom that measures 11x12. I custom built a 10 ft sink and all the cabinets and counter top to my enlarging station. I also tore out all the carpet and coated the concrete floor with a 2part industrial grade epoxy. My current enlargers are the Beseler 45MXT with the Oriental VCCL Head and a Beseler 45VXL fitted with the Beseler 810 cold light head. Last week I cleaned and reorganized my darkroom.

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Very nice!
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    No sink/plumbing?

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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    No sink/plumbing?
    On the left wall. Study the photo posted and you'll see signs of plumbing (left side)all the way down by the print washer is a mixing valve. Heck all I see on the left side are sinks.
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    Jess, that's one beautiful darkroom. Mine's in a bedroom, too, adn similar in size, but I couldn't custom build a counter top to save my life, let alone cabinetry. Enviable!
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    Re: Lets See Your Darkroom

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank_E View Post
    One of the perquisites of being retired is you finally get time to build and use a darkroom. This is my first “personal” darkroom. I have used several shared darkrooms in the past. The space was part of the design requirements when we had our new retirement home built. Aside from the re-purposed desks on which the enlargers stand, I built the DR furniture myself. It finally got finished several weeks ago.

    Some of the features:

    -the room is 9 ft x11 ft with a blacked out window (window put in for re-sale reasons).
    -a purpose built DR sink lined with fiberglass and epoxy. I refer to it as my “inside-out” kayak, because that is the technique I used when I built my kayak.
    -the sink is 96” x 26” and can hold four 16x20 trays plus the 11x14 Kostiner archival print washer. It drains nicely to one end.
    -the room has a built in bathroom fan for ventilation and two lighting circuits one for room lights and one for safe lights.
    -at the end of the sink, on the other side of the gable, are five home built drying screens with a shelf on the top that holds a Seal Commercial 210 Dry Mount press.
    -over the dry mount press is a removable shelf that hold a Technal hot air RC print dryer.
    -a 4x5 enlarger (Omega D5XL) and a 5x7 enlarger (Elwood). I don’t shoot 5x7 but do have a 6x17 back for my 4x5 Chamonix 45N1. The Omega column still needs to be fastened to the wall in order to hold it steady, but I wanted to get a feeling for the “working space” before I did that.
    -besides the enlargers is an Amergraph V28-1200SE UV plate burner for alternative process work.

    To prove that the DR actually does get use, I have included an “action shot” which shows my first four sheets of 4x5 film, which were developed in this DR, hanging to dry. You can see the Uni-roller on a temporary shelf on the sink. The film was developed in a Jobo 2521 tank manually flipped on the Uni-roller, to reverse direction. The negatives appear to have turned out very nicely, but my printing skills still leave a lot to be desired. But now I have a place where I can conveniently practice.

    It is a real treat having two water taps so that you can clean your containers while the film is washing with the water from the second tap.

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    Frank...

    very very nice situation. Congrats.. proof that a dream can be realized! I'm envious. Now get busy ... make that busier LOL!

    Cheers Jan Normandale

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