Hey, this is my first finished project post...although not my first finished project by far.
Alright, here's the skinny on it all.
I was walking home trying to figure out how to make a light table/tracing box because, well, I'm a cheap-ass Scotian AND I needed it to be portable. Luckily on my way home, someone was throwing away an old printer/scanner combo.
Picked that up and came home. I already had a small little plug in fluorescent lamp that was just mocking me daily.
I separated the scanner from the printer part with little effort, then I ripped the (surprisingly few) guts out of the scanner. Filed down a few of the little plastic nubs on the inside of the case and gnawed away (with pliers) a hole for the lamp's cord. After I finished I realized I needed more light, so I made another whole for lamp #2....yeah, i know, it looks like a rat did it, but I'm attaching a pen holder over this gaping hole.
Next, I fitted the bottom with only the classiest of Tin foil and used a white garbage bag to diffuse the light a bit. NOTE: The plastic bag SUCKS....use parchment paper...much better results.
with plastic bag....
with parchment paper
After finishing it, and being proud of myself, I realized that transporting it in my backpack would end up with scratches all over it, so I grabbed some shopping bag pieces that I had experimented with fusing.
Essentially, I just made an envelope out of the pieces and fused the seams on the side together.
Just a thought on this...this was literally a QUICK AND DIRTY method of making....I had the supplies and the inspiration, but not the time....threw all of this together in about 1.5 hours, just before going to work.
All in all, this was a pretty quick little project and it weighs in total about 2lbs, perfect carrying weight and size.