My wife and I gave my Mom a glass sculpture for Christmas. When my Mom opened it my brother piped up with "RadBear (well he actually said my name) could build you a light box!". He said this because as someone who collects glass I've built a couple of light boxes to display my collection.

However, since I'm not a carpenter some of my light boxes aren't pretty and since this is for Mom it has to look good. So I decided to reuse a wooden box I picked up in a thrift store as the basis for the project. This way Mom won't feel obligated to keep a piece of crap in her very nice home.

Step 1: Materials

This is what I made my light box out of:

* A wooden box with a hinged lid
* 1 piece of glass
* 1 piece of mirror (not pictured)
* 1 piece of cardboard
* 1 white LED
* 1 AAA battery holder
* 1 switch
* 2 Philips head screws
* Scrap wood (I used a chopstick)
* Metal duct repair tape
* E-6000 (or your favorite permanent adhesive)

I plan to use frosted glass spray paint to help diffuse the light, however with the current weather conditions this will have to wait a few months.

The mirror is not pictured as it was added after I finished the project. My wife suggested this addition and it is yet another reason why she is a kick ass human being.

did anyone else notice the akwardness of the shot in the mirror?
I did, but thought "What the hell I'll keep it in!".
 Hahaha, at least it's not as bad as the shot from eBay that's been circulating on the net for a few years, of a nude person taking a picture of a very reflective tea kettle!
I dont SEE how anyone could have missed it! I LMAO<br />
Glad it brightened your day! :)
Yeah,&nbsp;but&nbsp;he's got balls!&nbsp; <br /> Nice instructable...I like&nbsp;being able to reuse wood boxes.<br />
A single glass one to be exact...<br />
Cool! But is the LED bright enough? <br />
It definitely works better in lower light conditions, but it still does give it a little more emphasis in full light than I was expecting. If you want it to be obvious it is illuminated even in full light you'd have to either use multiple LEDs or a different light source. Most light boxes I've built in the past I've used a brighter light the plus into a wall socket.
Ah! I would probably use a LED Strip.<br />
Nicely done! <br />

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