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    Help making a lightbox

    I was thinking about making a lightbox for drawing but I have very little knowledge about it. Any kind of help is very much apreciated, tips, links, material, anything.

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    Help making a lightbox

    this is a makeshift model i made years ago. i had plans to eventually make a more sexy and portable version...but i haven't gotten around to doing this yet, so i still use this one... and it works fine.

    basically it consists of a sheet of acrylic glass/plexiglass mounted on a simple wood scaffolding. the angle is kinda steep, 45 degrees, but this is obviously a matter of what u personally prefer. the light source is a flexible desk lamp, which i position beneath the glass. and voilá! looks crap, but suits its purpose

    EDIT: i think i got the glass from a cafeteria, used to be part of a display tray of sorts!

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    This is the one I made a couple years ago. I saw someone selling their own pre-made lightboxes on ebay and thought the design was pretty simple.

    I had a glass store cut some white plexiglases then made a wood box for it. I attached it with some velcro strips. For the light source I used a few strings of Christmas lights. The light is a little uneven but it works fine. The lights stay pretty cool for the amount of time I use it for.

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    www.lightfootltd.com

    He makes the best "budget" ones you can buy. If you just look at them, you can easily build your own. Look at the Animator PRO ones.

    You just really need some plywood, a router, quarter inch acrylic and one of those sprial lightbulbs that don't produce a lot of heat. Actually... he uses 2 circular lightblubs...one is smaller than the other and it sits inside the bigger one..so they look like concentric circles.

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    It looks pretty simple. Does it matter what kind of glass I use? Does plexiglass get less heated up?

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    Just make sure you don't use straight up glass. That stuff gets too hot.

    Try and find the frosted white acrylic that is 3/8 inch thick or quarter inch. It probably won't be found at Home Depot but if you look in your YellowPages under Plastics & Glass you can call up a couple of them until you find it. Then just go and they'll cut it for you to spec. OR you can go ask them for scraps and find a piece large enough and cut it yourself.

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    http://www.scottmcdaniel.net/drawing/gear/gear.html

    Scroll down to the bottom of the page. I did it with my dad, had it for years, works like a charm!

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    once in a pinch, I took a big sturdy piece of glass from an end table table-top and held it on my lap with my knees wide apart and clamped a clip light under me. That was my most jury-rigged light table outside using a window on a bright day

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogfa
    This is the one I made a couple years ago. I saw someone selling their own pre-made lightboxes on ebay and thought the design was pretty simple.

    I had a glass store cut some white plexiglases then made a wood box for it. I attached it with some velcro strips. For the light source I used a few strings of Christmas lights. The light is a little uneven but it works fine. The lights stay pretty cool for the amount of time I use it for.


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    Christmas lights! Ahahaha! Genius.

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    Thanks for all the replies. I'll get the glass today and I was thinking of cutting a hole in a desk and place the glass in the hole, and then simply put a lamp of some kind under the desk.

    I'll post it here when it's finished!

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