Thanks. It's an 8X10 with a 302mm Wollensak Raptor/Betax #5. I just finished making the lens board for it. I'm getting ready for my first wet plate but want to thoroughly familiarize myself with the safety precautions before attempting the first one.
if you want to play safe you can start with liquid light emulsion and normal development chemicals - but i think mixing everything is part of the fun and when you built your lensboard yourself i assume that'll be also the case for you. if you mix your collodion outside (because of the ether) and be carefull with the salts and wear gloves you should be fine.
if you're on fb, there a great group where you can learn from the experts that share a great deal of their knowledge and you can ask questions and will get every possible answer:
Thanks for the link. I've requested membership to the fb group.
I picked up a wet plate kit from Bostick & Sullivan and the book by Osterman and Scully. But I think I'll start with some small 2 1/4 x 3 1/4" plates with my Polaroid 600se. It's all metal as opposed to the wood on my 2d.
I shoot with a Grundlach Korona 5x7 (which almost falls apart) and a Ansco 8x10 (which also shows some signs of age). I have several lenses, mostly cheep ones from ebay, sill want to do a comparison shooting on photo paper to see where the differences are. the most obvious character has a Petzval scheme projection lens but it doesn't cover 8x10 completely. I wouldn't worry too much about the wooden camera. When you work in a clean way (which you should anyways) and wipe off the silver nitrate from the back of your plates you'll be fine. And always have an old towel close by so you can wipe your hands all the time, otherwise you'll find a lot of yellow and black spots everywhere (:
Those Koronas are indeed lovely. The temperatures have dropped here so I'm not sure I'll be able to do much outside when it's below freezing. I may have to build some sort of box or tent that would keep the fumes contained or invest in a really good ventilation system for my dark room. Or work really fast outside.