On week 2, the building of the daguerreotype fuming/sensitising box had progressed at 50%. All the parts were cut out into its respective panels from the CNC in the previous week had been sanded down.

Laser cutting the acrylic sheet (one of my favourite tools) on the laser bed, where frames of plate holders were made to accommodate smaller sized plates. I had made 2 types; traditional plate sizes, and modern plate sizes.

The acrylic sheets were placed onto the laser bed.
The acrylic sheets were placed onto the laser bed.
The acrylic plate holders were precisely cut to accommodate the smaller plates into the 5"x7" aperture of the sliding panel.
The acrylic plate holders were precisely cut to accommodate the smaller plates into the 5″x7″ aperture of the sliding panel.

For the traditional plate sizes, the 5″ x 7″ aperture would go down to half plate and quarter plate; and the modern plate sizes will go down to 4″x5″, 6×9, and 135 film plate size.

Bamboo Sheet Sliding Panels for the Daguerreotype Fuming Box, these will run through the CNC router to create the 5"x7" opening
Bamboo Sheet Sliding Panels for the Daguerreotype Fuming Box, these will run through the CNC router to create the 5″x7″ opening

At this point, the sliding panel (where the placement of the plate, had been placed again onto the CNC router to open the aperture to place the 5″x7″ plate. After all 6 sliding panels were machined, its corners were chiseled to clear the space and to clean up the edges.

The CNC were done vertically, hence it was hung onto its walls and the cuts were done one panel at a time.
The CNC were done vertically, hence it was hung onto its walls and the cuts were done one panel at a time.

Tomorrow will be another day to do the rest of the bits and pieces.

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