Greetings! I'm Russell Petersen. I'm an engineer, inventor, designer, fabricator, and dreamer. I'm a junior Electrical Engineer by trade, located and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

I love playing with Solid State Lighting, and came up with this idea one night. Simply stated, It's a custom built light box with a logo adhered to the front, and lit by a RGB LED module. This project is easily adaptable to whatever image or logo you desire to create.

Difficulty:          Novice (No previous DIY experience)
                  >>> Easy (Some fabrication and electrical experience)
                         Intermediate (Fabrication, electrical, and programming experience)
                         Hard (Much fabrication, electrical, and programming experience)

Supplies Required:
- Blink M (includes color sequencing software)
- Arduino
- Computer
- 3 AAA battery holder & batteries
- Perf board (prototyping PCB)
- Small On/Off switch (STDP slide or rocker switch)
- Wire
- 40% or 60% translucent acrylic (depending on what look you want)
- Thin, light-weight scrap wood
- Wood dowels
- Vinyl Decal (bought or home-made)
- Spray paint (White for interior, outside color of your choice)
- 5 min. Epoxy

- Soldering Iron
- Solder
- Radial Arm Saw (or table saw)
- Jigsaw
- Table Belt sander (or sanding block)
- Drill / bits
- Screwdriver

Disclaimer: 'Volcom Stone' logo is a registered trademark of Volcom, Inc. All rights and use of the logo for product distribution belong exclusively to Volcom or their respective owners. I did not create this device with the intent of selling, have not sold it, nor do I plan on mass producing this device for the market.

Step 1: Design & Inspiration

Light boxes have to be designed with the light source in mind. Depending on what type of LED fixture you're using as a light source, the distance between the source and lit surface is important if you want full and even lighting. I printed out the Volcom Logo in the size I wanted in the final piece and experimented with the lighting distance until I was satisfied.

Always start a project on the drawing board. Get all your ideas on paper, then work from there. Once I had the lighting distance established, I made a rough drawing of the dimensions of the box. You can really customize the size of your light box, but you may need more light sources. I designed this light box to be small for a desk surface.

I first cut the Acrylic to the desired size and shape of the logo, and came up with rough dimensions of the wood pieces. It's easier to mess up on cheap wood than the acrylic.

VERY IMPORTANT: Do Not uncover the acrylic until later on, otherwise you will scratch it. Any scratches on plastics you edge light or back light will show up clear as day! I

Once I knew how far back the LED needed to be mounted, I cut the wood pieces out with a radial arm saw. I was not shooting for perfection in this project as I usually do, so I was ready to sand every edge of each piece to get them all to fit together. Many of the pieces required steep angles sanded into the edges so that the outside edges all lined up flush. This is important for a clean, professional end result.
Very cool, I'm thinking about going to school for electronic engineer myself. Any pointers?
<p>Sorry for the late reply! You should definitely go to school for engineering. The generation of engineers before us are slowly phasing out. There will always be engineering job opportunities as our technology advances and brings us to new levels of understanding. Plan early and always talk to counselors and advisers to make sure you are on track. If you get a a degree that isn't very specific, you will have more job options (I got an Electrical Engineering B.S. rather than a Robotic Engineering B.S. for example). Take classes that broaden your skills; they will help you be versatile and understand important aspects of engineering that will help you in your job even if you don't end up in that field. I took a lot of computer engineering classes that have helped me tremendously. Take circuit design, PCB layout, programming classes, classes required for the major, and any other electives that intrigue you. Once you start learning about what interests you, you will quickly discover if you love it or need to switch your focus to a different area. Electrical engineering is a vast field and there are many different focuses you could end up working in. Hope this helps!</p>

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