Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Free Homemade Lightbox

I love free. I love homemade. Put them together and I'm a happy camper.

For a while now I've been trying to figure out how I can get a lightbox. After much deliberation I decided to have Shawn take a 18"x24" hole out of my beloved art table. This meant I had to give up the deep top drawer to make the lightbox.

It turns out, the drawer on my grinder station is exactly the right size for the two organizers that got displaced. And what do ya know, it was just filled with sponges, rags, and junk. Cleaned out there's room for everything.

For the light box: we used some white trim pieces stashed in the garage to form a ledge for the glass. A piece of glass from an art piece I made years ago was sprayed with some leftover window spray. I did not want to paint my drawer white (I like my beat up table as it is) so I used a piece of illustration board instead. I used a fluorescent light I got at a garage sale years ago which now fits perfectly in the drawer.

Hurray! You can see the 14x17 panel I'm working on top of the lightbox. I'm at the grinding stage - getting all the pieces to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Tonight I should get it wrapped with copper foil.


  1. Love this idea for a light table. Very ingenious. I like it!

  2. Thanks, I wanted to share so others could do it too.