Light Box for Nativity Scene

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-15-2016 12:10 AM 1717 views 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a light box I made for my wife’s latest stained glass project-A Nativity Scene for our trailer in Arizona.
It started out that she asked for a frame for it so I made the front frame members and did not miter them until the glass piece was complete (last Friday). Then she said it had to be a light box to illuminate it at night in front of the place. So I added pieces to the front frame with glue and biscuits to make a box. Then it had to tilt back slightly and be able to be mounted on the ground so I made a 5 degree shim and a plate on the bottom that can be screwed into the ground out there with 6” lag screws. The plan was to use this long string of LED strip lights but when I had them mocked up in the back, you could see all these little dots all over. So we bought 4 round battery powered LED lights and I converted them to run off a DC transformer. The third shot shows the light diffuser I had to put in back to break up the concentrated light.

It is made from Cedar and coated with few coats of teak oil.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-15-2016 12:14 AM

That came out beautifully Jim.
Your wife is a true artist and I really like that lighting concept.
I may have to share that concept for an upcoming project.
Thank you for sharing your talent and ideas with all of us.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 11-15-2016 12:20 AM

Wow Jim, what a beautiful piece. Kudos to your wife on her artist skill. You two make a great team.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 11-15-2016 12:23 AM

Super COOL!!

Great Job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 11-15-2016 01:16 AM

Wow…a multi-tallented family Jim…that’s really nice work on both yall’s part. Well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 11-15-2016 01:44 AM

Love it! You make a good team! Your wife does beautiful work. I have always wanted to try stained glass. I do have a question tho for you….How did you turn that box so nice and square?? Lol

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#6 posted 11-15-2016 02:20 AM

Wow Jim, that’s cool. I feel as if I’m driving up to our church at night. Good Idea with the light diffuser, I can picture little dots as you say without it. Tell your wife, beautiful work, really.
Now if I come to visit you this winter, I’ll be able to find your trailer at night. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 11-15-2016 02:47 AM

Beautiful work, you two!

Cool idea converting the battery lights to DC.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 11-15-2016 07:16 AM

Sorry Jim, excellent box with this back light, but, I just can’t stop admire to your wife’s skill and her project. It’s just theme for coming days, makes me so warm in my hearth. This time my BRAVO for she.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-15-2016 08:15 AM

Jim,like Ivan said your work is in second plan
i’m sure you are not jealousy then proud
I remember your wife’s lamp,she is artist with glass like you with wood
have a nice day my friend

-- bambi

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#10 posted 11-15-2016 08:21 AM

That’s wonderful!

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#11 posted 11-15-2016 10:11 AM

You and your wife should be very happy with the results Jim. great work all round. Definitely a DT3 to your wife. Cheers.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 11-15-2016 11:59 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I will pass along the compliments to my wife on her work.

Hi Dave. It makes me feel the same way. I’m getting ready for Christmas!!
We’ll have it our front if you stop in. Good luck on your lathe!! I’m sorry i could not be of more help.

Hi Bambi. She sure is getting into the glass work. I am making metal rods for some her small outdoor things now.

Hi Pattie. Glad you are safe after the earthquake and will see you when you return to the States.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 11-15-2016 02:58 PM

looks great

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#14 posted 11-15-2016 03:26 PM

Jim, this is a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 11-15-2016 03:47 PM

Very nice.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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