My New Darkroom

Discussion in 'Cameras and Photography' started by pioneervato, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. I don't post here much but thought I would share my latest endeavor. Back in July I finally got around to clearing out a spare bedroom in order to put in my new darkroom that I have been wanting to do for 6 years. Well, here it is! All that is left is to build is a film drying cabinet that will be installed at the left end of my darkroom sink. I custom built all of the cabinets, sinks, countertops, etc. to fit the 11x12 room and did the electrical and plumbing as well! The darkroom floor was finished with an industrial grade two-part epoxy coating which is what I also used to waterproof my sink!

    The before: before.jpg

    and the after:

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    My built in pull out light table for viewing negatives.
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    9 feet of countertop for two of my enlargers.
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    10 feet of darkroom sink!
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    Thomas Duplex Safelight
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    The Window has been blacked out and it is light tight!

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  2. Reel Time

    Reel Time New Member

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    Pioneervarto, that is a really great darkroom setup you have there! It looks like you have given the layout a lot of thought. Nice!
     
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  3. JediDude

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    Nice!
    Have you put it to use yet?
     
  4. Route 66

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    Very cool. I had a darkroom in the 80's and processed my own 6x6cm and 4x5in. prints.
    I really miss the aroma of those chemicals. :beerchug:
     
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    Dang, Jess. That is freakin' awesome! Congratulations!
     
  6. old_tv_nut

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    Very nice! Miss your posts around here.
     

     

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  7. kaplang

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    Beautiful and looks very functional. Something I would have liked to have in my photography hay day when silver sensitive film and paper was King.
     
  8. Thanks. Maybe I will start posting more.
     
  9. Yes I have by developing some 35mm and 120 film and broke the hiatus from darkroom printing by printing a 4x5 negative of my oldest daughter when she was about 5 or 6. She is now 35 years old.

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  10. JediDude

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    Lookin' good!
     
  11. Cactus Bob

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    Looks outstanding Jesse! But I'm not seeing any Pioneer gear in there! ;)

    Haven't had a whiff of developer & fixer for a few years now since I retired my processors in my darkroom at work. Good to see you around here we'll have to hook up soon!
     

     

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  12. timofred

    timofred I'm just a garbage man...

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    That's way more pro than a lot of pro rooms I've seen.
    Great job,
    but you need music !
     
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    Severe jealousy from here.
     
  14. ic-racer

    ic-racer Well-Known Member

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    I'll be moving to a new darkroom in the next few months. As the time comes I'll probably have a hundred questions about how you went about doing your conversion.

    This is my present darkroom. I slowly built it up from HomeDepot supplies over 18 years. I also did all my own plumbing and electrical. But I was not so skilled with woodworking or wallboard. So no new walls or ceiling. But that was almost 20 years ago.

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  15. ic-racer

    ic-racer Well-Known Member

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    This is my new space, the exercise room, not the bathroom. Though I need to find a way to link my new darkroom sink to the drain on the bathroom sink. Like you, I'm starting with a much nicer space than my prior darkroom. I also have a better job now, so I have more to spend on this. So, better cabinets, table tops and a proper darkroom sink are in the plans, like what you have accomplished.
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  16. ic-racer

    ic-racer Well-Known Member

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    I also see, if you did all that yourself, your building skills are better than mine, but I have improved in the last 18 years. I taught myself how to float wallboard and tile floors since building my prior darkroom, so I hope this next one turns out as nice as yours.

    This was my most recent remodeling project, so I hope to use the skills learned on the new darkroom:

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