A new light box.

  1. I need a new light box.
  2. It needs to be 64" X 25".
  3. The depth is not a problem because I would stand when using it.
  4. I've tried purchasing perspex and putting it on top of an old table top but it still flexes… all it does now is act as a table for my cameras and because it's transparent, I have sustained some interesting bruises from missing the corners when I'm on the run.
  5. I don't want a glass table in the studio…
  6. I have 3 light boxes and I use them all the time… but now I'm working on a long piece of fabric I need one made specially for the purpose.
  7. The light needs to be consistent and not have shadows
  8. Handles for lifting would need to be on the top and bottom sides of the box, because my arms are too short to reach 64" wide.
  9. I think I have a friend who will make me one, but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. peg in ks says:

    pam can you use two four ft. shop lights and put them in a box so to speak laying parallel of one another with a little overlap on one end…have a lip or edge on the inside of the box and lay a 1/4 inch thick piece of plexiglas to fit the top of box…make the box the required size and then the plexiglas to fit…the plexiglas would be flush with the top of the box…peg in ks

  2. Candy says:

    Hi Pam, why not get some thin flat steel rods ( hills clearance centre) and lay your Perspex over. This would stop the flex and also give you some horizontal guidelines, ie split the 64 into 3 or 4 squares.

  3. Candy says:

    PS use split rubber tube on the edges to stop those bruises. My friends hubby an electrician built her light box so if you need someone to build to spec I will be seeing them Friday. I have just had LED lights installed, cool, low energy and stand alone with transformer they could be an interesting way to get the light with long term savings.
    Final idea – could you line up and level your existing 3 boxes or are they all too different?

  4. Caron Smith says:

    How about using a glass coffee table. You could probably find one at thrift stores and put lighting under. Could even adapt the legs by making them longer and put a shelf underneath for the lights. Just a thought.

  5. Joyce says:

    I use my glass coffee table. I tape the pattern under the glass and then shine a battery operated LED light bar through the glass and pattern. I lay my fabric on top of the glass and trace my pattern. If you use painter’s (blue or green) tape it is easy to peel off the pattern when you finish. Because the pattern is on the other side of the glass you don’t have to worry about damaging the paper pattern and it is much easier to draw a pattern right on the fabric without worrying about a heavy hand ruining the pattern. To make the table taller you could always put each leg on top of a large can, something like a tall juice can. I usually just sit on the floor and don’t use juice cans.

  6. Veronica Forsayeth says:

    Dear Pam
    You might consider an x-ray viewer that doctors use to view films. It is electric, bright, strong, and comes small or large. You will find them through medical equipment suppliers.

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