Design Challenge Making A Light Box
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Light Box I make boxes, and recently, a new customer presented a unique challenge for me.The item she required was a 'circular light box' - some two feet in diameter - designed to hold a circular stained glass work of art.
The prospective owner wanted self-contained lighting to softly backlight the stained glass.She also wanted the box to be made of oak to fit in with the decor of her home, where it was to be wall hung.As mentioned, this presented some interesting design challenges.
Design considerationsFirst, the normal air humidity on the west coast of British Columbia, where the box would reside, is a lot greater than that of the dry Canadian prairies of Alberta, where it would be made.
How to overcome the moisture differences and the resulting movement of the wood? Second, in order to backlight the stained glass the interior void in the box must provide for a minimum of one inch clear space to house the 'rope lighting' to be installed - a string of small light bulbs housed in a flexible clear plastic tube.
The prospect of building this crosssection in a circle out of solid oak, or any solid wood for that matter,...