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Newest Darkroom Fixture

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Today the counter top people brought me a slab of engineered quartz (a familiar brand name). It is 37" x 68" x 3 cm thick. It was a remnant in the stone yard, and I took delivery without any fabrication, so it has just the top polished surface, with four sawn edges. It is placed on a base constructed from 2x4's, which was carefully leveled before placement of the slab, and shimmed after placement. I have yet to coat anything on it, but I am certain that it is more level than the sheets of glass that I have been using until now.

This stone slab will be used for coating light sensitive emulsion onto art paper (cyanotype, argyrotype, pt/pd, gum, NaCl/silver nitrate), pouring carbon tissue, carbon transfer, paper cutting and tearing, matting and framing, and any other process that requires a hard, flat surface.

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Updated 11-11-2013 at 06:29 PM by earlj

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  1. rdungan's Avatar
    Looks like a class A working surface. Will the chemicals stain the quartz?
  2. earlj's Avatar
    This working surface is wonderful. I recommend it to anyone who needs a hard, flat, level surface for just about any purpose. I spent about $300 and I think that it is worth every penny. We will see if the surface is impervious, but so far it cleans up good as new with a spritz of window cleaner. Coating sensitizers on it is a dream - it is as level as can be, smoother than glass, and I have not measured the flatness, but I bet that it is within a few thousanths of an inch.
  3. Ned.Lewis's Avatar
    That looks wonderful! ( I think your work table is larger than my entire closet darkroom.... I'm seeing shades of green in that quartz! )