Step 1: Choosing Correct Acrylic
-Lack table top measures 550x550mm
-Clear Acrylic 8mm 480x480mm
-Opal 3mm Acrylic 500x500mm
-I purchased these materials on Ebay from trentplastics.co.uk, they gave me cheap combined postage and next day delivery.
Step 2: Measure and Cut
-Use a brand new stanley blade and a non slip metal ruler to carefully cut through the table top. Be patient because it takes quite a few cuts to break through.
-Peel off the cut away section and remove the cardboard reinforcement.
-Check the acrylic fits and cut/sand away more if it doesn't.
(tip. Mark one side of the table and acrylic sheet with small strips of masking tape, this will make sure you relocate it the same way when you put it back)
Step 3: Recessing the Corners
(Tip: Use the protective coating from the acrylic to help you remove it from the table top)
-When the corner reinforcements are complete paint the whole thing white with emulsion or gloss. It might not seem that important but it makes a HUGE difference.
Step 4: Electrical Components
-I thought about adding a switch but in the end I couldn't be arsed.
-I drilled a small hole for the power cable and attached some cable ties to stop it slipping through.
Step 5: Attaching the Lighting
I used up the entire 5 meter strip.
-Connect the LED strip to the power supply and tape/glue gun in place under the lip of the table top.
-Test everything is working
Step 6: Drilling and Finishing
-Round off the corners of the Opal sheet with a metal file.
-Choose your screws, you could probably counter sink them so they are neat and tidy but I quite like the look of the rounded head ones I've chosen.
-Screw the whole thing together and you're done! Try and keep the sheets clean because dust and dirt will show through when you turn the lights on.