stained glass and wood night light

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Project by Razorbak91313 posted 05-15-2011 07:33 AM 8047 views 22 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the look of stained glass and wood together so I decided to combine them! This is just a rough test project using pine wood and a sheet of green wavy stained glass that i cut into 4squares, each 6×6 inch. The front, sides and top have glass in them while the back and bottom is solid piece of wood. After making the box i realized that it would look even better with a light in it and found a light kit that took the small night light sized bulbs and mounted it in the back. It provides enough light to see by at night without having to blind yourself with the main lights.

I added another picture of the inside for those who were wondering how the glass was mounted in. The glass just presses up against the back of the wood and is such a snug fit that it just about supports itself. I used rubber cement to glue in a few small blocks directly to the glass on the corners to help keep it in place and glued two small blocks on the back to give a place to screw in the back cover since the wood is less then 1/4 inch thick on the sides. The next box i do will be about an inch bigger so that I will have a little more room to properly mount the glass.
Also, i used regular soft pine for this and glued it up, no screws or nails. After I glued it up, I put on 2 coats of thinned down epoxy (3 to 1 alcohol to epoxy mix) which really soaked in well and helped strengthen the wood. Then I sanded and put on some poly to give it a nice finish.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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Jeffery Mullen

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#1 posted 05-15-2011 07:49 AM

What a wonderfull Idea ! I also like the wood and stain glass look. I as well don’t like bright lights at night when heading to the restoom or somthing. Very well done and sharp looking.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#2 posted 05-15-2011 02:32 PM

Great idea!

I think I have to borrow this idea. I see future presents for my grandchildren and maybe the oldest one can help me make them. I am thinking of using LED light…..............

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 05-15-2011 02:33 PM

This is surely a great idea, a different look of night light box/shade.
Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 05-15-2011 03:29 PM

Nicely done, I like the simplicity of it. I have been pushing a lamp like this for our entry table.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 05-15-2011 04:03 PM

Hey Razorbak -

That is a cool lamp and original design. I like the combination of stained glass and wood. Thanks for posting it.



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#6 posted 05-15-2011 04:11 PM

Yet another great idea from you jocks.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 07:25 PM

I love it! 2 of my favorite materials as well. Great idea.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 05-15-2011 07:34 PM

Unique and really inspiring. Great work!

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#9 posted 05-16-2011 05:32 PM

How did you attach the glass to the wood? What joinery did you use for the wood? Glue? Brads?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 04:43 AM

Vicki, I just butted the edges together and glued – no fancy joints or such. This was a test project to get an idea of how it would look and to try out hardening soft woods with a thinned down epoxy wash.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 06:20 AM

Thank you for the extra details and pic. That’s a big help. Please continue to post on this when you try out your new plan. I’d love to see what other ideas you come up with or tips you may have.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#12 posted 05-17-2011 06:08 PM

I like the design. Is it freehand with a router? I was thinking about toy boxes which might double as a parsons table.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 06:37 PM

nice design

but I guess it’s fully closed, so … goes really hot inside?

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 09:28 PM

Thomas, at the time I did it, I didn’t have too much in the way of tools so I kinda used a brute force method. I just free hand drew the design I wanted, then drilled a bunch of holes close to the line and then used a dremel with a small router bit to get the rest of the wood up to the line. If I did it now, yes I would route it since I have a little router table now with bits.

Icwood, heat is no issue at all really. I am using the small night light bulbs and using very low wattage – think it was like 2 or 3 watt bulbs. The box is small enough that the bigger and brighter night light bulbs would just overwhelm it with light, and yes, probably heat. You could easily drill a bunch of small ventilation holes in the back around the bulb and a few in the bottom piece to get air flow – just put some feet on it (wood feet as part of the design or just little rubber stick on feet) and you should be good to go.

-- Turning good wood into even better wood jewelry.

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#15 posted 05-19-2011 03:45 PM

So it’s one of a kind? No templets….LOL! Good visual balance. Any larger projects in mind?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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