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Project by Philip posted 12-17-2013 12:48 PM 887 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a light table I built to work on Stained Glass panels. The top is made from an IKEA dining room table top (TORSBY) that has some kind of coating underneath that diffuses light perfectly. Wired up to have a light switch on the right and an outlet on the left. It is attached to the wall using cut off shelf brackets. The legs are temporary until I come up with a better base…maybe with storage.

If you want to see the details of the build you can check them out on my blog.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!





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stefang

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 01:23 PM

Great job on this Phillip. It looks good, but more importantly it should be extremely useful. I have just clear glass on my light table ( a smaller portable unit). It works well, would be better with a glass more like yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 01:57 PM

Great looking table and I’m sure it works wonderfully as well.

Some people bash IKEA, but if you pick and choose wisely you can get some fantastic deals from that place.

Thanks for sharing this!

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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johnhutchinson

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#3 posted 12-17-2013 04:40 PM

Beautiful job, Philip!!! How did you perforate the side rails?

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Philip

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#4 posted 12-17-2013 05:22 PM

Thanks for the commets. I started cutting the side rails with my fret saw, and quickly borrowed a scroll saw. Way too much work to be done by hand.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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johnhutchinson

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#5 posted 12-17-2013 05:39 PM

It must have been a BIG scroll saw. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 12-17-2013 07:02 PM

Nice looking table and very useful for tracing and especially for stained glass work.

Can you change the color temperature to see the changes in the appearance of the stained glass?

Back a number of years ago, before the PC, our drafting department had 8 light tables with a 4’x6’ working area for layout of printed/integrated circuits. Most printed circuits were done 2:1 with some at 4:1 using precision tapes/cutouts while the integrated circuits were done at 50:1 to 100:1 and led out with rubylith. When these tables were obsoleted and replaced with CAD systems they were offered to the employees at a sealed auction. Unfortunately the winners found out that some dis-assembly would be required to get them into their homes.

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

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Philip

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#7 posted 12-17-2013 07:06 PM

Alas, it was a small scroll saw…I used spiral blades to cut in any direction. I’ll never try that again!

I was originally going to get special bulbs and a dimmer switch to adjust the color temperature, but figured I’d upgrade to that in the future…

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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mafe

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#8 posted 12-17-2013 07:30 PM

Here I can finally see it for real.
What a lovely table.
great work and cool details.
I would love one day to have a good light table, always end up by the window…
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Philip

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 01:06 AM

Thanks Mads, now I just need to make that parallelogram!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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