Thursday, June 11, 2015

Darkroom Build: Day 21

Day 21. We are getting close now.

Platforms for the enlargers are in and looking good.

Supports are made under the sink for storage shelves. And also under the other sink for the drying racks. Everything also has had a coat of paint.

I can't wait to start using my 'man cave'.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Darkroom Build: Day 20

Ah progress. 

The workbench is tentatively put together. It measures 32" deep by 36" high and hugs the full length of the room. It leaves me enough space to walk in between the enlarger stations and the table given I don't gain a massive amount of weight. Lol. 

The enlarger platforms are almost done as well. They will feature a baseboard platform and a removable easle platform that is located at 36" height. That way - if need be - I can use the full height of the enlargers albeit on a lower base. And yes they are perfectly level and parallel. 

Trim around the door is finished too. Applying interlocking weather sealing in the future will make it a light tight door as well. 

If we construct this section as a tilting table, it would be an ideal spotting station. The only thing we need to do then is aim the lights a little bit better but that's a real easy thing to do. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Darkroom Build: Day 19

Construction has started on the long workbench and the enlarger platforms. By tonight those should be in. Fingers crossed.

We had another design hickup. Local code requires us to not have a permanent structure in place in front of the electrical panel. When I designed this darkroom I didn't know. 

Solution: make that section of the table removable. We are also planning on making this thing tilt-able (as in an architects table). Could be an ideal spotting station. For now, we will just make this removable. 

The main door is in as well and will have the lock in it by tonight. The by-fold door for the closet is in as well. Things are shaping up and are drawing to a close. 

And more importantly, it's getting darker and darker. 

The supports for the workbench with removable section in the middle.

Supports for the enlarger platforms. The right on is set at 36" height. Gives us about 1.25" clearance for the table top. It's a squeeze. The other two will be much lower but will have a removable second table top at 36" height as well. 

Closed off the side of the sink so stored things underneath can't fall out.

Yes that is a red safelight. I have so many old papers (some of them are graded and from manufacturers I've never even heard off that I played it safe for now). I had a bunch of OG safelights too but will try with these first. See how it goes.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Darkroom Build: Day 18

We have light and the ventilation works!
And all the plugs work too including the ones for the safelights.
We've also installed the filter boxes for 2 incoming air vents. One more box needs to be constructed for the incoming heat vent that is in the ceiling on the dry side.

Can't wait until this is finished!

Everything has power now.

And illumination levels are more than adequate.

Here's one of the newly installed filter boxes for the air that is coming in from the furnace. I have to have a little bit of heat in here...

Here's the other side of things.