Large Light Table

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Project by W.F. Judt posted 05-27-2020 04:13 AM 594 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This winter I decided that my old fluorescent-illumined light table had to be replaced with something new and bright. My eyes just couldn’t take the low-lumens and the flickering light any more.

So I built a new table using LED tube lighting, emitting 4200 lumens of no-flickering light in the 5000 K range. Same size table, but so much brighter, and now it allows me to trace through multiple layers of paper at a time.

I also chose to make the table in two sections – top and bottom, detachable from each other. The top is made of arborite-covered plywood, with 1/4” Baltic birch plywood trim and 1/4” tempered glass. The inside is painted semi-gloss white.

The base is made with 5/8” poplar plywood and laminated fir legs.

The table is 49” wide, 38” deep and 38” tall.

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#1 posted 05-27-2020 11:52 AM

This is great. I wonder if I could make a similar one (scaled down) for my daughter’s craft table.

-- Mike H, Elkins WV

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#2 posted 05-27-2020 12:56 PM

That is really nice…... so many times I could have used one of these tables for tracing.

Nice job on it!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-27-2020 02:28 PM

Cool looking table. I like the lighted idea and detachable top and agree I could use this on occasion when needed.

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

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#4 posted 05-27-2020 05:22 PM

Really good job. I bet this will get lots of use. Great idea!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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