For part of my research methods assignment, i am building from scratch a darkroom in a shed at home.
The shed Arrived tuesday 26/04/16 and currently waiting for better weather to stain and board it up on the inside to make it lightproof.
I have already purchased an enlarger (Durst F305)
red safety light
and grain finder.
05/05 all electrics in and working, plywood added to floor for strength and levelling, boards gong up on walls to improve lightproofing
08/05 all interior boarding finished, outside stained and interior painted. Shed is now light tight ready for work bench to be built and enlarger etc to be installed
11/05 Shelving units in place and top of benches painted, film drying cab built, just waiting for paint to dry and then move equipment inside from house.
Swept out floor after all dust settled, and moved gear in, cramped space but perfect for how i wanted it to be- small, compact and not enough room to create a mess in!
All that is left to do now is go out, shoot a roll of film, develop and test print in there, then iron out any bugs or fixes that need doing to get it completely right.
All this has been done on a very tight budget, including driving to Edinburgh to pick up the enlarger trays and tank cheaply whilst combining it with a visit to a few places around there, all the benches are bespoke hand made by myself and father from mainly scrap pieces of wood, the only main expense was the shed itself (£300) and the boarding for the walls to help make the place light-tight (approx £40) and mdf for the work surfaces (£20)
first test print done in new dark room, looks to be working ok!