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.

Dag Box Ver 3-3
Dag Box Ver 3-3
Front Profile
Front Profile
The box with 2 sets of plate holders (traditional sizes; half-plate and Quarter plate; and Modern Plate sizes: 4
The box with 2 sets of plate holders (traditional sizes; half-plate and Quarter plate; and Modern Plate sizes: 4″x5″, 6×9, and 135mm)

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.

1.5L Pyrex Dish
1.5L Pyrex Dish

The internal part of the box fits perfectly with 1.5L pyrex dish, which is sprung up with formed brass spring (Gull wing shape).

Brass Spring, which pushes up the glass container to press against the slide-through panel
Brass Spring, which pushes up the glass container to press against the slide-through panel

The strike-through panel, which has a 3mm layer of acrylic sheet which seals the dish when the aperture part slides out.

Underneath view of the strike-through panel, 1/2 of it is fitted with 3.2mm black acrylic panel, and the other is the 5
Underneath view of the strike-through panel, 1/2 of it is fitted with 3.2mm black acrylic panel (the film are to be peeled off before use), and the other side is the 5″ x 7″ aperture.

It is then covered with another layer of 25 mm bamboo ply, which gives an even pressure when screwed in downwards.

It is the covered with 25mm bamboo ply to spread the pressure received from the wooden screw.
It is the covered with 25mm bamboo ply to spread the pressure received from the wooden screw.
The slots on four corners to fit the 25mm panel properly in place, and to prevent it from sliding out when moving the strike-through panel.
The slots on four corners to fit the 25mm panel properly in place, and to prevent it from sliding out when moving the strike-through panel.

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:

Dag Box Ver 0
Dag Box Ver 0

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.

Dag Box Version 1, Made of Meranti wood
Dag Box Version 1, Made of Meranti wood
Dag Box Ver 1 - Dismantled
Dag Box Ver 1 – Dismantled

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.

Dag Box Ver 2 - Made of Meranti Wood as well, slightly larger than Version 1 to have a small bar behind it to hold the lid in place when opened.
Dag Box Ver 2 – Made of Meranti Wood as well, slightly larger than Version 1 to have a small bar behind it to hold the lid in place when opened.
All the Plate holders were made with the same timber as well.
All the Plate holders were made with the same timber 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

It was an odd feeling when this box was finished, within minutes, the sun light came into the woodshop and shined beautifully onto the box. Religious revelation?
Dag Box Ver 3, a strike-through fuming box which goes up to 8.5″ x 15″ plate
All set and ready to be coated with Bonda Seal later.
All bits and bobs which fits all into this box, which were later coated with Bonda Seal to add durability to the fuming boxes to withstand the halogens that would be used with it.

I am eager to see what will arrive in future of the fuming box designs.

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