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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

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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
 

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

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Super COOL!!

Great Job!
 

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

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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
 

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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.
 

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Beautiful work, you two!

Cool idea converting the battery lights to DC.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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

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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
 

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Thanks David, Charles and Eli!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks, Elroy!!

Jim
 

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Very nice. I did almost the same exact thing. My wife made a stained glass of the word "JOY", not nearly as intricate as yours. I made a shadow box out of walnut, used box joints, and led rope light. But mine is smaller and hangs on the wall. Excellent excellent job to both of you.
 

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Jim, my wife does glass work as well and I am often asked to make wood frames/mounts. Correct call on waiting for the finished product before cutting wood, with glass nothing is ever exactly sized as intended and square.

Great look overall!
 
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