I have started taking photography seriously over the past year. I graduated from a point and shoot Fuji used mostly in Auto Mode to an entry level Nikon DSLR and have mastered Manual mode.
Having accumulated quite some photography gear, my camera bag (Lowepro Flipside AW400) was starting getting heavy. I was somewhat unwilling to shell the cash for another small camera bag and I needed a place to store my gear and avoid having to lug it all over when on the field. I came up with the idea of combining my other hobby of woodworking to come up with a solution.
The result is a 3 drawer cabinet which I keep inside my bedroom wardrobe.
It is made from Pine wood while the drawers are made from recycled 5mm plywood. The bottom drawer containing the lenses, the middle one containing the camera body, charger, flash and wireless flash triggers and the top drawer containing the filters, remote controls, plug adapters and lens cleaning stuff.
I have purposely milled polystyrene blocks to hold the items securely in place by means of a dremel with a small grinding disc. In all three drawers I have placed silica gel packs to absorb humidity.
In this way I only take what’s necessary on the field and not having to carry all the stuff with me. Another advantage I found is that since the camera body is stored without lenses attached, I actually take the time to think about which lens will best suit the job rather than just grab the camera with whatever lens it has attached from the last use.
In future I plan on staining the cabinet to match my wardrobe but for now it’s serving its purpose :).
About The Author:
Rodney Cassar loves doing DIY stuff especially when I can combine my two hobbies of photography and woodworking. He is an amateur on both but improving by time:)
P.S. – if you cant build the entire cabinet, here is how to convert a drawer to store your gear.