The goal was to make a light box for my students to use that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. Went to the second-hand store and found a florescent light... ($4.99 with 50% off) then noticed a suitcase/briefcase ($3.99 with 50% off). I got them both and started thinking of ways to put them together.
4/2016: My daughter still uses this. Works great. Someday I will make another one.
Step 1: Painting & Light
Take apart the florescent light. You only need the power supply, light, light socket part and switch.
Then I positioned the light so it was in the middle of the case; using hot glue and rivets I secured the light in place.
Note: Got new two setting hot glue gun. Two setting: Low = normal glue gun, High = burn yourself, stays runny way longer and oh ya burn yourself.
Step 2: Cord Switch Action...
The cord for the light was about 12 feet long so I cut it to about a foot. I kept the plug/transformer and hot glued that at the bottom/back of the case. Didn't use the original cord because I wanted it detachable.
Note: Slide on speaker clips, with some pushing will slide right over the prongs for the plug. Why mess with something that works?
Step 3: Cover (Milky Plastic)
Used a jig saw to cut the radius's for the corners and the notch for the lid support.
Note: make sure you keep the protective covering on. Ask me how I know this.
Step 4: Holes, Screws & Glues
There were tabs in the case for a little divider so that is what I drilled into to hold down the plastic.
Step 5: Testing
Success. Light putters and then starts up, switch turns stuff on and off, latches still work, cord fits in lid of case when not in use... All in all very nice.
Step 6: Clean Up and Sticky Feet
Now I am ready to do some old school animation! I will still use the computer to scan, color and compile... but that will come another time.