DIY: light table

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  1. DIRT

    DIRT TPF Noob!

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    I made a small light table this week and thought I would post a DIY on it. It is really easy to make and doesn't take a lot of time (a bit longer if you dont have power tools).

    here are a few pics of the box (disregard quality of photos please)

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    tools needed:
    Power saw (hand saw will work)
    screwdrivers
    sandpaper (i used 80 grit screen)

    Materials needed: (to make small box)
    appropraite length of 1x6 wood
    sheet of 1/4 in thick clear acrylic
    round flourescent light bulb
    light bulb fixture
    lamp power cord (got mine from a trashed lamp)
    light switch & cover (optional but looks good)
    wood screws
    sheet of plywood

    Step 1- cut the 1x6 plank to make the long sides of the box (for me
    this was 10 inches).

    Step 2- cut short sides from 1x6 (for me it was 8in.)

    Step 3- using the wood screws, attach the 4 sides of box together

    Step 4- once the sides are all together, use it to trace the bottom
    onto the plywood, cut out the bottom and attach it to the box.

    Step 5- drill a hole to insert the power cord. insert power cord and hook
    up the bulb base and screw it in the center of the box.

    Step 6- cut a length of strip 1 inch wide from the 1x6 to make the lip on
    which the glass sits.

    Step 7- cut the strip into lengths and attach with small nails. the lip is
    to be mounted 1/8 in. below lip of box.

    Step 8- cut the acrylic sheet to the size of your box and then sand one
    side (the inside) sand until it is frosted evenly. Place the bulb in
    lamp and place acrylic on and turn it on and there it is.
     
  2. Shannpan

    Shannpan TPF Noob!

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    That looks really awesome! You really are talented!
     
  3. terri

    terri Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hey, nice job, Jesse! It really looks good. :thumbup: You're very handy.

    All it needs now are some emulsion lifts added to the sides. :goodvibe:

    Do iiiiiiiit........! :lol:
     
  4. DIRT

    DIRT TPF Noob!

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    I was thinking the same thing terri. It WILL happen. oooh yeah.
     

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