After about a year of off and on work, I have finally completed my darkroom, in the corner of my basement. The selected site is next to my woodworking shop and my wife’s pottery wheel, so separation from woodworking and pottery dust was a particular challenge.
I accomplished all work myself, to include framing in new walls and ceiling, plumbing for hot/cold water supply, installing a Liberty Pump drain pump for waste water (with venting into the main house vent), wiring for all required outlets and lighting (both white LED and red LED safe lights in recessed ceiling fixtures), entry door installation and light-proofing, installing light-proof filtered air inlet ducts and an exhaust fan, drywall hanging, taping, and mudding, cabinet installation, enlarger table construction, and all finish trim and painting. Additionally I fabricated an 8-foot sink from Baltic birch plywood and epoxy resin, and installed a water temperature control panel from Rosy Products.
To date, I have only processed film in the new darkroom, but will soon be printing with the Beseler 23C II enlarger, as well as some wet plate collodion work in the future.
Future posts will discuss darkroom use and any future projects.