Building a Light Box for Amazon Coins Launch Poster
…and so begins the light box quest
Initial set of materials
Here are the initial set of materials used to build the light box. [table file=”http://jeremyveleber.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Light-box-materials.csv” width=”220″ colwidth=”20|180″ colalign=”left|left”][/table]
top, bottom, left, & right sides as well as the top and bottom braces
The first task is to build a frame. I cut out the top, bottom, left and right sides as well as the top and bottom braces. I needed to account for the 3/8″ cutout needed for the 2′ x 3′ acrylic sheets and poster. The sides ended up being 36-3/4″ and the top and bottom cuts were 23-1/4″. The short lengths of the top and bottom boards is because I am using butt-joints and the side boards are 3/4″ each.
(board thickness * 2) + bottom|top cut – (single side poster cutout * 2) = 24″ ÷ 12″ = 2′
(0.75″ * 2 ) + 23.25″ – (0.375″ * 2) = 24″ ÷ 12″ = 2′
side cut – (single side poster cutout * 2) =36″ ÷ 12″ = 3′
36.75″ – (0.375″ * 2) = 36″ ÷ 12″ = 3′
Marking dado for a brace
After the wall of the box were cut I moved on to cutting dadoes for the braces. I marked each dado to start 1″ from the end. This left a small gap between the corresponding top and bottom wall boards. In hindsight I think I would make these flush with the wall boards. It would have make fitting the wall boards much easier.
Cutting said dado
I used a band saw to cut the dadoes. I could have used a jigsaw, but I felt like I had more control with the band saw and could make smoother cuts than with the jigsaw.
Dadoes cut, braces in place
I then took the braces, along with the walls, and put them all together to see if I had something viable or if I would need to head back to the hardware store for more supplies. Everything seemed to line up, so I continued on.