With my final weeks of uni approaching it’s becoming more and more evident that I’m going to have to get over my dislike for home darkrooms. Ideally I want a dedicated and ordered space, not to try and shoe horn a workspace into a bathroom or garden shed; hence my dream house has a dedicated darkroom on the ground floor.
Since I don’t shoot much 120 or 135 I feel okay with sending them to a lab or continue to process them myself but let them air dry naturally and risk them getting covered in dust. I might be okay to risk small and medium format negatives but I am not going to risk my large format negatives. I thought about buying a negative drying cabinet but they’re really expensive. Designing and manufacturing a prototype sheet film negative dryer could be the solution to my problem.
Whilst surfing the inter-webs today I saw an article in which a guy made his own C-41 chem warmer with MDF and a laser cutter: along with the electronics etc. This made me put my thinking cap on and sketch out some ideas for a dedicated 5×4 negative dryer.
I know my hand writing is scruffy but it’s just a set of sketches, I’d normally use the Paper app but I felt the need to scrawl this one out in the physical plane.
I’ll hopefully have enough time to get a working prototype made before I am formally asked to leave uni permanently, I don’t really know anywhere else that has a laser cutter so I’ll have to try and dial the design in when I get back to uni next week.
I hope it works, my negatives and my sanity depend on it.