In arranging and equipping our model studio we endeavored to install only such fixtures as would prove thoroughly practical and convenient and a help in the economy of both time and labor.

The three tables, or work benches, described in this article have thoroughly demonstrated their practical efficiency in three years' constant use, and we have found no necessity for any modifications from the original plans.

It will be noticed that none of the shelving or cupboarding extends entirely to the floor - the free space allowing the floor underneath the benches to be easily swept, and also acts as a protection to the contents of the benches from dampness.

The table in the printing room - see illustration No. 1 - is placed against the side wall of the room, just out of range from the light from the printing window. The top is provided with back and end pieces about twelve inches high, the back forms a handy support for the negatives when sorting for printing, and also prevents any of the negatives from slipping down behind the table and becoming lost or damaged.

We call your attention to the fact that all printing frames are stored in the lower part of the bench, either in the open shelves at each end or in the enclosed cupboards - this method is far better than sorting the frames on shelves above the table, as when stacked above the table, they sometimes come tumbling down with disastrous results to important negatives. The table is provided with three snugly fitting drawers, equipped with pull handles, for the storage of sensitive paper. In the cupboards beneath ample space is provided for the storage of vignettes, tissues and other printing necessities.

Printing Room Table.

Fig. 1. Printing Room Table.

Mounting Room Table.

Fig. 2. Mounting Room Table.

Enlarging Room Table.

Fig. 3. Enlarging Room Table.

The table in the mounting room is of solid construction and is provided with a broad, perfectly smooth top. which may be covered with white rubber or oilcloth to insure its surface being always clean, and mounts and prints from damage by soiling.

The long shelves for the storage of thin mountboard will be found a great convenience, as the thin stock will remain in perfect condition, and no time need be lost sorting the sheets to locate different colors or weights. The other open shelves may be used for storing dry mounting tissue or paste, and other incidentials for mounting, while the shelving protected by the sliding doors forms an ideal storage place for stock mounts.

The table in the enlarging room presents some unusual features, which, though simple, greatly facilitate the work when enlarging in large sizes.

By referring to illustration No. 3 it will be noticed that the top of this table is constructed in the same manner as the table in the printing room, and for the same reasons. This table is fitted with six drawers for the storage of paper and other incidentals, four of the drawers are of the ordinary type, but the two upper right hand ones are designed for the storage of bromide paper in large sizes, and are of special construction.

Illustration No. 4 affords a profile view of one of these drawers when pulled out. It will be seen that the drawer is provided with a heavy board cover, which slides up and down on wooden pins, and serves as a weight to keep the paper flat during storage. This cover is provided with a brass flush ring, so that it may be easily lifted up to a vertical position when it is necessary to remove paper for use.

The front of the drawer pulls down, and is supported by a brass desk slide, making the large sizes of paper stored on the bottom of the drawer, easy of access, and permitting the removal of any size sheet without disturbing the remainder. The paper may be stored in this manner in its original enclosures, the size, surface and grade may be written in the edge extending, thus making it easy to locate and remove any size or grade instantly.

The plans reproduced herewith are reduced from the original scale of three inches to the foot, but they of course can be constructed in dimensions to accommodate any space.

We will be very pleased to receive description of any labor saving devices you have discovered and to reproduce them when possible, for the benefit of the profession.

Profile of Paper Storage Drawer.

Fig. 4. Profile of Paper Storage Drawer.

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