One of my resolutions this year was to do more artwork. Toward this end, I ordered a large coffee table with lots of storage to put art supplies in so I could draw while relaxing in front of the TV at night. I wanted a light box as part of this "art station," and at first was going to cut a part of the table top off and replace it with plexiglass, but came up with this easier solution instead: a built-in light box using one of the drawers. This light box is wireless, using battery-powered LEDs purchased at the Dollar Store (making this a very affordable solution as well). In playing with the lighting, I discovered that placing a white foam board at an angle under the plexiglass gave me the most light "bounce," as it reflected the LEDs upwards. This angled board in turn created a "secret compartment" for storing paper, pens, etc.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Brilliant white foam core or cardboard Translucent white Plexiglas to fit top of drawer Several touch-operated LED lights from the Dollar Store AAA batteries (3 per LED light) 1" wood screws (2 per LED light) Strong magnet Small rare earth magnet Ferrous metal piece (about 1/2" x 1")
For my light box, I screwed in a bank of seven LED press-to-operate lights to the back side of the drawer--each with three LEDs. I could have mounted them with the sticky back of the LED light, but I wanted to minimize bulk (and trim them to fit as high up as possible), so I stripped off all the extras on each light, flipped the light around to the battery side and screwed them into the drawer permanently. All I have to do when the batteries wear out is pull them out and replace them. The video in the intro shows how I did the above.