I really wanted a light box for all the drawing I do. Specifically for a massive drawing I was working on.
So naturally I got completely side tracked on this project instead of just finishing said drawing.
The brief was pretty simple.
2. Adjustable table angle.
3. Light box table top.
Most of the design work I do is in acrylic but this is the first time I've had a go myself.
Thought it would be good to break away from the usual metal fab stuff.
So this has been designed in a combination of 10mm opal acrylic and 6mm frosted translucent red acrylic.
10mm acrylic by itself is too flexible for most of the parts on the desk and going up to say 20mm can be expensive.
I got the sheet of red acrylic for nothing so I used that in conjunction with 10mm stuff to create this multi-layered design.
With the red acrylic being free I could get the required thickness for a stable desk without having to spend the extra money on the thicker opal acrylic.
The only metal fabrication needed was for the cross supports, in aluminium tube.
The rest was very very simple, all the holes required were laser cut. All I had to do was tap threads, countersink holes then screw together. Except the light box underneath which required a bit more in the way of plastic fabrication.
Step 1: Design.
Step 1. Have an idea,
Step 2. Click clack the keyboard and mouse till it looks like what you want.
I did this in 3D obviously. These are renders of the major parts.
The main reason I went for CAD to design this is my pencil does not have an export to dxf function.
Before anyone asks I'm not intending to upload any of the files for this thing.
The whole reason I design and make stuff like this is for myself is because at the end
I (usually) have a product that suits my exact purposes with my own style too.
I always encourage people to have a shot themselves, you'll always be happier
when at the end of a build it is your vision that has become a reality.