I needed a light box for tracing airfoils from kites (among other things).
I had some old fluorescent lights and of all things a recessed skylight box housing thing that looked perfect for the job.
Step 1: Find a fluorescent bulb
and associated ballast, rip the things apart to get the pieces you need.
Step 2: Wire to test power.
here i am wiring it up and placing it in box to see if there is going to be enough light to illuminate my pages and kites.
Step 3: Test light in box
must test to make sure it will do what i want.
Step 4: Put a white bottom on the box.
for more reflection. i had some old white laminex covered wood which seems perfect.
Step 5: Add switch housing
for the on off switches. i'm adding 3 switches in case i need to put more lights in later.
Step 6: Wiring it up
i actually added a second fluorescent. as you can see it is not much good. you'll be able to figure out how to make more if you need em.
Step 7: Feet for bottom of box.
i had these scraps of round timber left over from another project. simply woodscrewed into bottom.
Step 8: Housing the translucent plastic on front.
i had some old framing timber with a recessed edge perfect for holding the plastic in place.
Step 9: Useability testing.
well, does it work?