This is my Wright Light Base (Named in honor of Frank Lloyd Wright since it has a similar style).
I'm making it for our entry way indoors.
You can create it out of cardboard or wood.
I love to recycle, so I used all recyclable materials that were being thrown out or from leftover projects.
I will say, I have tweaked this design since creating this instructable and added a different way to attach the side panels.
I showed pictures of the Light Base with/without the wrings and the Tough Spun.
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Step 1: Gather Supplies.
Sketch out your ideas. Keep it handy to write down your secrets to make this wright light even better than my first version.
(I'm actually changing a few things to make it better than my first design.)
You will need the following if you want to recreate what I made.
-Luan (precut- to the dimension of your laser cutter- mine 28x17)
-Stain of your choice
-polycrylic to seal in stain
-old cotton rags to use to wipe on stain
(OPTIONAL) If you want to your work to be more stable- do steps 6-8.
If you want easy storage, don't glue. (stope at step 5)
-Some type of fire retardant fabric to diffuse the light- I used ToughSpun Diffusion (24X17)
Step 2: Days Before You Use the Laser Cutter.
Days before you use the laser cutter.
Stain your boards the color of your choice.
Always work with the grain of the wood, never against.
Decide on how many applications you want to add to make the stain darker.
**You can always add, but it is harder to lighten the stain.**
Seal it with a polycrylic to seal in stain on the wood.
Allow to dry.
Step 3: Practice Makes Perfect
Test your work. You will be happy you did.
It will cost less in the long run and less wasted materials.
Always run a test first to make sure your design is the way you want it.
I placed mine together and decided to instead of cut out another set of pieces to hold the top and bottom slots in, I would use what was already cut out.
I only had to add another line on the artwork to create the pegs from throwaways to hold the top and bottom base on.
Once you work out the kinks, than proceed to the cutting out on the laser.
Step 4: Make the File.
Make the file.
I attached my file of my work.
I USED ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR.
Remember to use black for etching and RGB red (#255) at .25 stroke.
Step 5: Laser Time!
Check your settings. Write it down, for future use to remember what worked and what didn't.
The picture I'm showing is for the TORTEC Machine.
Notice I'm only cutting in the color Red
In Adobe Illustrator(RGB- Red 250)
Skip the optionals if you want the Lantern look with out the Tough Spun.
You don't have to use the wood glue your lantern together, if you want it to break down to store away.
Step 6: (OPTIONAL PART) Test and Cut Out the Tough Spun.
(Optional) Test and Cut out the Tough Spun.
I used Cardboard setting to cut out the cardboard. (70 Speed 1 Power 5000)
I also used the Paper setting to cut out the fabric.
Step 7: (OPTIONAL PART) Glue Your Fabric to the Frame Panels.
(OPTIONAL PART) Start Gluing All your Cut Pieces.
I used a low temp glue gun to glue the Tough Spun onto the wood.
I glued the corners and some inner parts of the frame to make a secure fit.
Step 8: (OPTIONAL PART) Glue Your Frame Together and Tape.
Use wood glue to the corners while attaching.
I found it easier to place the lantern together first and then use a thin stick to apply the glue to the edges of the corners of the frame.
You can glue the rings the two small ones on top of each other and the larger ring is the last ring glued on top.
Once glued, I used tape to secure the corners instead of using clamps b/c of how light weight the frame of the Wright Light.