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Ikea lack plus (light)

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Everyone knows that table because it's the Ikea's philosophy essence for an extremly low price. Built from nothing more than 4 screws, air and wood fibers can withstand a lot considering how flimsy this material is.

Here's how it's made:
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/11/video-inside-an-ikea-factory/
  
What is the most striking flaw though, is the surface that wears out quickly. You can put a sheet of glass over it to add some glamour or you can go even further and add a light source beneath, and have a cool clubbing accessory!

I've been thinking of making an evenly backlit surface, but it turned out to be not possible using that low budget.
Sticking white foil sheet blocks too much light, transfer paper lets too much, 2 cathodes can't evenly light the surface. 
Thinking about the problem drove me to a simple solution such as - christmas lights!

So, what you will need:

A lack table
Sheet of custom cut frosted glass
LED Christmas lights 
Two rolls of double sided foam tape
reasonably long electrical cable
miscellaneous plugs, switches, tools
 
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Step 1: Cut it, cut!

You ca cut the table with a paper knife with no much trouble.
Mark a stripe around the edge as wide as the foam tape (20mm). 
In the corners there are cubes that hold the screws. I didn't know that so I scraped the surface from them, you may want to leave untouched finish over them, they are around 5,5cm in size.
Take out the honeycomb.

Step 3: White inside out

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Paint the inside, glue a sheet of paper to the bottom.
Throcken1 year ago
YES! This is just what I need. Iv'e been planning on building myself a lightbox! This will work better than perfect! Hoorray!
sunblock1 year ago
Yeah! While we're at it, we should remove all the recipes off the internet because someone might stick his head in the oven and die.
Very dangerous.
posloq1 year ago
I followed your directions, had a party, my friend slipped and his hand went through the frosted glass. He required 35 stitches and lost 3 weeks of work. Great job! This instructible should be removed, as it is a fire hazard, electrocution hazard and can cause severe laceration.
kbawcutt2 years ago
Did you replace the honeycomb structure? without it the table should lose a lot of it's rigidity.
mikemaj (author)  kbawcutt2 years ago
No I threw it away. The glass is held so firmly that it regains some part of its rigidity. You just can't put heavy objects on it, but the glass would crack anyways. So there is no worry about the table being destroyed easily.
That's a IEC Connector !
mikemaj (author)  Thereyouhaveit2 years ago
Maybe it is, I gave the name from the seller's site.
Junglenut2 years ago
Great idea, I love IKEA hacks!
mikemaj (author) 2 years ago
You can order it at a regular glazier. It was more expensive than the table itself but not much ;) And I ordered it frosted.
i tried to make something similar my first project but it failed D: and i was very upset but this is a nice touch very good job there
Very cool indeed. I want to try this myself. I have one question though. Where did you get the custom sized glass sheet? And was it frosted when you bought it or did you frost it yourself?
mikemaj (author) 2 years ago
Thanks ;)
You can experiment with putting things underneath the glass, like throwing some dry leafs, they would give some nice shadows.
The leg is empty inside, it's crazy how it can support such weight while being that thin.
I've been thinking about batteries too, but my table is lit with approximate 100 leds so it would drain batteries lightning fast.
this looks great. I got a brown/black Lack table, gonna try this out some time :)

The leg is also hollow or does it have honeycomb inside too?

I wonder if this would work with rechargable batteries too, to forego the cable altogether. With LED lights that should work I think :)
Mr WoodE2 years ago
Man that looks really nice.

It inspires me to try this thing to other stuff.

Very nice

Thanks for sharing.
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