Light Table #2: Wiring and Finishing

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Blog entry by Philip posted 12-17-2013 07:01 PM 1827 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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And so we continue with the saga…and as with most projects I get ahead of myself and want to see how it’s going to work before I’m finished. Here is a mock up to see how the glass looks backlit. Works amazing. I just need to upgrade to some daylight corrected bulbs.

This shows the ends cut off the light fixtures to get ready to wire it up. I cut into the plug to see where the ground cable and hot cable were coming from. Turns out the middle section of the cable is always the ground, and the hot section has all the writing on the sheathing.

This shows the struggle I had to install the rubber insert that will hold the cable in place. The nice little gap you see is from the rough handling of gluing it up. I had to fix that section and will need to reiforce it in the future.

Quick cut out for the light switch and outlet. Love coping saws…

All wired up now, making sure it works!

To prevent the glass top from falling out when laying on it’s side or tilted forward I installed corner brackets. I didn’t want the metal to touch the glass so I expoxied bits of rubber to the brackets.

This shows the back corner where the cord enters the light box, the bracket to hold the glass, and the shelf supports it is attached to.

I installed some T-nuts to hold the angle brackets in place. It turns out that they were the exact same size as my C-Clamp. This made it easier to install the T-nuts. Didn’t have to pound away at them.

Now the moment of truth, is it wired right? Will the switch turn the light on? Is the outlet wired right so I don’t start a fire?

YES! First try…and that’s a first…

This shows the inside where the wire comes in. I later cut the rubber used to hold the cable tight and painted the inside white, but was in too much of a hurry to take a picture of that. Painted it a matt white because I read that glossy paint will not distribute the light evenly…sure…whatever. I’m not splitting hairs on this one…

Ah yes! My favorite person using the light table before it was even finished. Had to make a pin the tail on the donkey game with 3 identical donkeys.

All sanded and stained. Yes, stained. I know, I know…

And it’s done. This is my favorite view, all the work pays off.

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 07:35 PM

Well done Phillip!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 12:22 AM

That really does look absolutely beautiful with the light shining through your scrollwork Phillip! Very good to have this feature in your workshop … not only for stained glass designing :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 01:37 AM

I hate to say it but no one can take your project lightly!

Sorry, just couldn’t resist

Looks as if this is going to be very useful not for stained glass work but general tracing and printed circuit layout, if you are into those type of projects.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 12-21-2013 12:49 PM

Too funny.

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 12-26-2013 10:16 PM

A wonderful picture with your favourite.
You really made some life and love into that table, a place where one will like to spend time.
Happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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