Second Generation Fotio - Baby Dove! Half Blind Dovetail Joints and Minimal Style.

For the past couple weeks, we have been covertly building our second Fotio machine. We made a few improvements to the Fotio experience, and are crazy keened to share the details with you! First, we simplified the front plate where the lens is located. Our first model used the on-board Canon T4i flash, but we have since upgraded to the Alien Bees AB800 strobe unit with beauty dish and honeycomb grid which gives our pictures the signature look. Therefore, we no longer need the second brass flash lens above the camera lens. We aren't necessarily getting rid of our first model "Old Snappy," but it'll be more of our backup rig. Second, we improved the joints of the box portion of the camera. We picked up a Porter Cable 4210 dovetail jig so Harvey could cut these awesome looking joints with the half blind dovetail template and Porter Cable Router. The dovetail joint is an extremely strong means of joining two pieces of wood which predates written history and was used for tombs in Egypt and tombs of Chinese Emperors! Last but not least, we made some improvements to the ventilation system and hand-made leather bellows. Yay for our second born, Baby Dove! 

A super sneak peak of Fotio 2.0! Check out the blind dovetails and front plate!

A super sneak peak of Fotio 2.0! Check out the blind dovetails and front plate!

Buying some oak and dovetail jig.

Buying some oak and dovetail jig.

Testing out blind dovetail joints.

Testing out blind dovetail joints.

Theresa sawing off the 20" iMac!

Theresa sawing off the 20" iMac!