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I want to build a good, cheap light table but all I'm finding on the web are instructions to build a light box. Light boxes are for taking pictures of objects. I don't want to take pictures. Light tables are for tracing stuff from an already existing image. Anybody can take a picture. I'm an artist/designer and I design and build stuff from random images. Does anyone out there know how to build a LIGHT TABLE? Gyrine 77

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Labot2001 (author)2008-06-10

Dang! I saw one on here recently. Anyone else remember/have a link??

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Gyrine 77 (author)Patrik2008-06-14

Hey Patrik, Sorry 'bout the "your wordy and worthless comment" I made. I was shadow boxing in the dark.

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Patrik (author)Gyrine 772008-06-14

No problem - I was trying to be worthy yet wordless, but it backfired on me. :-D

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Gyrine 77 (author)Patrik2008-06-11

Thanks Patrik for your wordy and worthless comment.

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caitlinsdad (author)Gyrine 772008-06-11

I hope your comment was in pun or just a knee-jerk reaction usually displayed by unseasoned leathernecks. BTW, welcome to Instructables. We encourage people to use the search function to explore what has or has not been done before. Part of the process of being creative is to research, learn, use the resources available, adapt and overcome the obstacles.

If you haven't noticed, the word Nope is highlighted to indicate a link. He has already done the search which includes a light table project of mine. Many can give you the answer directly but that would be lazy of us to not make you think which you are fully capable of. You will realize this community is very helpful. Good luck.

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Gyrine 77 (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-11

Hey Girl: This unseasoned Marine is lazy.(Part of the process of being creative is to research, learn, use the resources available, adapt and overcome the obstacles.) This is far too much trouble and work. I'm 64 years old and may drop over dead before I can finish your above quote. Thanks for the advise though. Gyrine 77

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caitlinsdad (author)Gyrine 772008-06-11

I've never known any one who calls themself a Marine that is lazy nor will they tolerate anyone that has that frame of mind. Yeah, you can consider yourself old and grumpy but don't let that stop you from MAKEing something or die trying. And the icon is just a picture of my brat. You can address me as "Sir" if you like. :-)

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Gyrine 77 (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-12

Hey Caitlinsdad: Screw that "Sir" stuff. I'm retired now and call no man "Sir". How about just "Hey there friend"?

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caitlinsdad (author)Gyrine 772008-06-12

Okay, we'll just chalk it up to some friendly fragging. Patrik is one the savants here so I was just providing covering fire. You might want to try to build my light tablet with a bigger piece of plexiglas. It looks like you want to trace posters or something large. Maybe you can get a tempered glass table top and then diffuse the back with spray window frosting then light it up.

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Gyrine 77 (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-14

I'm using an 18"x24" plate glass section with plexiglass sandwiched underneath. I'm thinking about using the spray on adhesive with tracing paper on the plexiglass.

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Gyrine 77 (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-14

Hey Caitlinsdad, Quote, "If you haven't noticed, the word Nope is highlighted to indicate a link." I didn't know that. I'm new in these parts and still ignorant about a lot of things like this. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Patrik (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-11

My fault - I let the temptation to be a smartass get in the way of being helpful. I'll aim for a somewhat lower information-to-words ratio next time. ;-) Sigh - it's been a long week, and I'm not even halfway yet...

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caitlinsdad (author)Patrik2008-06-11

Caitlin was asking "What size smartypants does he wear?" I guess you need that for your smart@zz remarks. Haha.

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Patrik (author)caitlinsdad2008-06-11

Size XS - eXtra Smart. :-P

(I wish...)

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Gyrine 77 (author)Patrik2008-06-12

Hello :-P, Your esoteric comment evades my limited leatherneck understanding. Cheers.

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Patrik (author)Gyrine 772008-06-11

Fine, then let me spell it out for you...

If you had taken the trouble of typing ''light table'' in the search field at the top right of the page (or clicked on the link that I provided for you in my first post), you would have found at least four useful instructables for light table designs on the first page alone:

Under $30 Light Table
Light-Up Bar Table!
Light Tablet
Cheap Animation Table

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Gyrine 77 (author)2008-06-14

'Lo folks, S'me again. Quoting Caitlinsdad,"Maybe you can get a tempered glass table top and then diffuse the back with spray window frosting then light it up." That's a good idea. I like it. Additionally, I read somewhere that if I lay the plexiglass on a flat surface and spray it with adhesive in a can and lay a sheet of tracing paper flat down on the glue this will work well to diffuse the light. Tanks partner!

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Gyrine 77 (author)2008-06-12

"..after-christmas-sale tree lights into a frosted box" ... Hmm ...... I am lazy but I'm no slouch. I was looking for some good solid ideas/plans. 38"x30"

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westfw (author)2008-06-10

my cheap light table
Alternately, you can throw some after-christmass-sale tree lights into a frosted box...

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