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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Making A Carry Case For a Large Format Camera Part 1

Large format cameras are something of an anachronism in these days of high definition digital imaging, however they have their devotees and disciples.
They are big, cumbersome and require lots of bits and pieces - as well as a sturdy tripod.

I am going to make a carry-case for the safe storage of one of these - my Toyo-View 45G.
Currently it is still in its original cardboard and styrofoam box, but these are deteriorating and certainly won't stand up to being carted around outdoors.


Here is a how to:

I have selected some meranti - pacific maple - for its strength and lightness.

Edge glue some boards to make lumber of the appropriate width.

When the glue is dry, true one edge as the reference edge from which the sides will be cut square.

The six sides of what is essentially a box are laid out prior the cutting the dovetail joints for the sides and ends.

I use a Gifkins Jig to cut the tails for the dovetails first.

The completed joints look like this.

A trial fit of the carcass without top or bottom fitted.

The top and bottom will be cut out and rebated into the carcass and the whole lot glued together.
When dry I will cut off the lid on the tablesaw.

More to come in part 2


  1. No hand cut dovetails???!!!

    Just kidding buddy, looks great.

    1. Haha Toby - I thought that someone would say that.
      No, I have too much to do these days and my hand cut dovetails are not a patch on the Gifkins Jig results - which gets them done quickly.
      I can't believe how time is flying between blog posts at present.
      We have a family wedding in Bali to prepare for and so much else.
      Thanks for the complement

  2. Beautiful dovetails-sweet work!
    Jay from Tj.