Step 8: Finish

Either stain, or paint you're box, She liked the wood color and grain so I used a clear coat.
After it is dry, place the plastic sheet, what is now a translucent clipboard into the box's groves, and you're finished. To turn the light on and off, simply pull out the clipboard, push the button, and put the board back in, She can now use this as a light box, or just a large clip board from drawing.

<p>An alternative for light source (probably more useful on larger boxes) would potentially be LED tape in cool white; go around all edges? 12v battery or mains with laptop PSU</p>
I made one in 1998 for a college project, Its not much larger and the light source is a plug in light (wish they had leds back then) I also used aluminum foil for reflector. I also noticed at that time the light sorce got pretty warm and needed a vent. Anyway, my sister stole it not long after I made it so she could do some stuff. Funny thing she still has it. Nice idea like your box.
What type of saw did you use to cut the mitre?
a miter saw
Yeah, for me I bought a Light Pad that has equal lighting over the entire pad which I need for traditional animation. But is it possible to line the bottom with those clickable lights? Where you push them and they turn on - there are the really huge ones that you'd probably only have to put 2 in there. I dunno I'm thinking outloud because I'd like another home-made, lightweight lightbox as a backup.
Yes, it's possible to line the bottom with clickable lights. That's actually quite a brilliant idea I'd like to use.
Great idea. Looks like it would be even better if you have a light on the other side as well.
I thought about that, but, it works really well as is, and it would add weight to it, my Girlfriend is 5 foot tall and 95 pounds, so I tried to keep it as lightweight as possible. That is why I used pine. Also why I used foil instead of sheet metal. I'm thinking about making one for myself, it will be brighter but heavier.

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