The current version 3-3 utilised the American strike-through fuming box design, though this particular box design carries a little twist of minimalist design to it.
With the designs considered, the side panels were shaved off on the sides, the heights changed to make the entire function as compact as possible.
Get in touch with me if there are interest in getting yourself one of these.
The aperture for the plate goes up to 5″x7″, made with natural bamboo ply. All screws are made of stainless steel. Though it is unlacquered at this point, though it will be coated 3 layers of Bonda Seal next week.
The internal part of the box fits perfectly with 1.5L pyrex dish, which is sprung up with formed brass spring (Gull wing shape).
The strike-through panel, which has a 3mm layer of acrylic sheet which seals the dish when the aperture part slides out.
It is then covered with another layer of 25 mm bamboo ply, which gives an even pressure when screwed in downwards.
Alongside with the boxes, acrylic plate holders were laser cut and assembled (see the method here with acrylic weld). The smaller plates it will hold are: Half-Plate, Quarter Plate; Modern Plates: 4″ x 5″, 6 x 9, and 135 (single frame).
It had not been too long ago since I started to think of building my own fuming box for my endeavour in creating daguerreotype plates. Looking at old journals, workshops, images from CDags (excellent reference there!), there aren’t too many options of getting one prepared without a great investment involved.
Compared to my old prototypes, which could be seen down on this blog, I begin to see the evolution of ideas of what could these become with variants of materials to try with.
The previous versions of fume boxes made:
Simple, though it was too big and heavy as a dead body. Thank goodness I didn’t bother to utilise it and bother to make an image of it. It was made from Nyatoh wood, which was very heavy and has high density grain. Such material was very, very taxing to the machines that was used.
Comes the Version 1. It’s small, light, made of Meranti, lighter than the previous one. The style is more of European with acrylic sheet sliding to release the fume to the plate.
Small, but fits well to do up to 8″x10″ plate. It has all the smaller plate holders to work with.
On Version 2 of the Dag Fuming Box, collaborated with Christopher Brenton West to improvise the Version 1 design, it was made also with Meranti Wood, with all the plate holders made of the same materials as well.
On Version 3, it was more for landscape format for dag plates which goes up to 8 1/2 ” x 15″ and for the Vageeswari plates panoramic large format.
Refer also to the previous post of it here
I am eager to see what will arrive in future of the fuming box designs.