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LED Lighted Desk Name Plate with Walnut Base.

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Project by Mark Smith posted 05-14-2013 11:50 PM 4165 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not completely finished yet, but I was so pleased with the way it looks I wanted to post the photo. This is made from 3/8” cast acrylic and was engraved and then cut out on my laser engraver. That part is finished, but the walnut base isn’t finished yet. I need to put an edge on it and then some finish.

The name plate lights up with a strip of LED lights at the base. The LED light strip is powered from a USB port on the computer. So it comes on when you turn the computer and goes off when you turn the computer off. It also has an inline switch if you want to turn it off while the computer is on. The photo is taken with all the office lights on and the window shades open. It really lights up nice even in full light.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com





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Will

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#1 posted 05-15-2013 01:27 AM

Thats realy nice !! I really like that font too :) UBS port what cool idea, mine run on batteries :(

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Don Johnson

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#2 posted 05-15-2013 11:50 AM

Very smart and stylish.

I too applaud the use of the USB port – an idea I will tuck away for future reference.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#3 posted 05-15-2013 12:08 PM

Very nice.

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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Pimzedd

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#4 posted 05-15-2013 03:21 PM

Thanks Mark. Can you post a photo of how the LED lights are set up under the plex?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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Mark Smith

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#5 posted 05-15-2013 04:36 PM

Bill, let me finish it and then I’ll post more photos. Right now the LED strip is 14” long with 6 lights in it. It has a self stick bottom so you pull the sheet off and then just stick it to the bottom of the dado and then set the acrylic on top of it. I have to work on exactly how I’m going to get the acrylic mounted in there above the LEDs so it doesn’t fall out if somebody picks up the sign.

I don’t want to break any rules here, but I’m trying to open a wholesale account with the company that sells these light strips and make a bulk purchase. Right now they are available in blue, green, and red. If I can do that I may offer the light strips for sale on my website. I can think of a lot of uses for these in woodworking. And even though they are USB powered, if you don’t want to plug them into a computer you can get 110 volt adapters with USB plugs in them at any electronics store for cheap.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Pimzedd

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#6 posted 05-15-2013 04:44 PM

Mark, I taught Plastics Mfg. for 34 years. Lots of acrylic fab. Two suggestions for attaching the acrylic. 1. Double sided tape. I think Scotch makes a clear tape if you don’t want it to be seen through the acrylic. They also make a black foam tape. 2. Epoxy – It will stick to both the plastic and the wood. Just a couple of spots is all that is needed.

We did some edge lighted nameplates. Used a rotary engraver. My replacement got a laser engraver. I bought it for her as I was her boss! Did one large (2 ft. x 3 ft.) logo. Used a sand blasting medium, hand cut, and then sandblasted. Worked great, won a 2nd place award at a national student competition.

Look forward to the additional photos.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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TDominy

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#7 posted 05-15-2013 05:46 PM

That is very nice and clever, if I only had a laser engraver….

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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Mark Smith

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#8 posted 05-15-2013 07:17 PM

Bill I want to be able to remove the acrylic from the wood base if I need to, but I also want it stuck in there. I was thinking of using some like a couple of small rubber strips to kind of wedge the acrylic into the dado without covering the LEDs. That way is can be pulled out so you can replace the LED strip if it ever needs to be replaced.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#9 posted 05-15-2013 07:54 PM

Bill, I went ahead and added a couple of photos so you can see the LED’s. Basically it’s just a flexible strip with 6 lights in it. I cut a 3/8” dado on the router table and just pushed the strip in to the bottom of the dado. It actually fits in pretty snug, but it does have adhesive on the back too, but I didn’t pull the protective paper off yet.

In the final product I’m going to do something different with the base. I’m going to make it longer and not run the dado all the way to the end. Then I’ll drill through the bottom at one end of the dado and run the cord through so it comes out the bottom. Then I’m thinking of all kinds of fancy things that can be done with bases for these acrylic signs like built in business card holders, clocks, pen holders and all kinds of other things.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Pimzedd

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#10 posted 05-15-2013 09:30 PM

How thick is the acrylic?

If you can end up with a dado barely wider than the acrylic, you can probably just let them set in place with the dado not going all the way to the end.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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Jim

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#11 posted 05-15-2013 09:37 PM

I have a led stand made for glass and all they did was glue some felt in the sides, so the glass wedges in and stays removable.The leds are below a slot cut in a routed hole that the glass slides down into

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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Mark Smith

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#12 posted 05-15-2013 09:52 PM

The acrylic is a metric size and I forget exactly right now, but it is just slightly smaller that the 3/8” dado. I could just let it sit in it like it is, but if somebody picks it up I don’t want it falling out. Like Jim said maybe a piece of felt or something or rubber would hold it in snug enough.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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Mark Smith

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#13 posted 05-15-2013 10:57 PM

I appreciate that this made the daily top 3, but if I had known that could happen I would have actually finished it before I posted pictures of it. :)

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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#14 posted 05-15-2013 11:54 PM

these lights are available in a rainbow of colors literally. I installed these in a bar with smoked panels. The lights were in strips 10’ long and the transformer was selectable. It had red, green, blue, yellow, orange, and purple. You could pick the color you wanted or make it fade from one to the next. Before you ask the contractor supplied the materials so I have no clue where or how much, but there were really cool when they were done. I wish I had pix, but the owner of the bar wouldn’t allow it.

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Mark Smith

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#15 posted 05-16-2013 12:42 AM

LED lights are widely available, but the ones you’re talking about Shawn are not cheap and they are bigger and bulky. Not to mention not powered by a USB port. And the one I used cost about $11.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA., http://www.markscustomwoodcrafts.com

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