Transfer light box

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Project by Cathy Krumrei posted 11-25-2009 06:26 AM 1527 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always wanted to make a transfer light box. Being indoors now that the weather has been cold and wet and can’t do outside projects, this was the chance to make it. I had started designing to the glass I had (36 inch by 22 inch by 1/4 inch thick.) The box ended up being 4 1/2 deep in order to make the lighting work.

I painted the inside of the box white and before attaching the bottom I added a string rope lighting 18 feet long and drilled a hole for the cord. Then attached the bottom so the cord came out the side. Once the box was made I painted the outside.

I added legs with hinges (also a brace to hold both legs in position) so that when lifted to attach to the wall and when folding down in place it falls into place. I also added a handle to make it easy for up and down. It’s not that heavy but nice to have something to hang on to. I attached the box to the wall using a hook and eye bolt.
I actually had room underneath for storage and extra plus!

To fasten the glass I used hanger hooks. Straighten them out and drilled a hole to get a screw in and added a little piece of felt against the glass and when screwed into place it holds the glass to the wood firm but not tight to break it. I then added felt pieces next to the hinges just a precaution if the glass moves while in the shut postition.

Since these lights don’t have an off/on switch I will add a electric bar. It’s not something I will use everyday so it’s not a big deal using the bar. Besides, always can use the bar for else.

Once I had it all set up I decided to add a little shelf to the end. So now I have a little area for pencils and what nots when it comes to doing any transfers.

This was alot of fun trying to get it to come out the way I had planned. Well, did have some boo boos but figured them out and I think it’s a great addition to my shop.
Actually the total cost was under $7.00. Since I had the main ingredients I just needed the lights.
Now is the time to pick up the rope lights if you want to make one some day. Keep your eye out for windows at garage sales too.

Thanks for looking and hope this inspires someone to make their own transfer light box!

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 06:50 AM

Another great project finished. Looks real good and somewhere for you to work when the SNOW comes.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 05:59 PM

Great idea! I am sure that will come in real handy.

Good job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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