A darkroom construction and fit out by Martyn lacey of M&Y Lacey Photography
Framework construction with apex roof from 3x2 and 2x2 pressure treated timber. Part of the construction was formerly an aviary, hence the wire. Joints are mostly lap joints glued and screwed together made into sections which are then bolted to make up the frame.
After further treating the frame the outside was covered in polythene sheet to prevent any draughts threw the cladding laps.
Sealant was used around the window frame before the shiplap cladding was fitted. The roof consists of 3/4 inch ply board sealed and covered with external felt. Later guttering was fitted leading back to 2 rainwater barrels for collecting a source of untreated water which is then filtered at the barrel tap for use in the darkroom.
The sink is 7ft long made from ply .....the bottom section was mounted to 2 battens which were screwed to the 2 long sides with a slight run from the right down to the left where a hole was cut with a hole saw to fit the sink waste.
The inside of the sink was first fitted with a curved beading all around the bottom and a bead of sealant applied to provide a curved edge then painted with waterproof mastic. A waterproof table cloth fabric was spray glued to the whole of the sink inside and finally painted to finish off.
The section supporting the print washer can be removed as can the section at the other end supporting the dish warmer which then allows use of the full length of the sink.
- In coming water supply is through a garden hose fitted to a manifold at both ends, 1 at the house external wall and the other seen here with four pipes connected.
- On the external wall of the darkroom at this end the supply is filtered then split into 2. One goes to the small water heater, the other to the manifold inside.
- Drainage is plumbed back to the waste outlet at the house drain.
- The sink has a hinged lid which when closed provides a large work area for writing up negs /prints etc.
- For use with stop timing this jig is easy to use.
- Made from sheets of white and black plastic made to fit a piece of 5x4 photo paper.
- The slot in the cover is to make a test of the same area.
- I fitted a handle piece to the sliding cover and a pointer to align with the saw tooth edge for easier alignment under safelights.