Published on August 13th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


light table

jason diy-ed a compact lightbox with an ikea shelving unit.

“i bought a nian (can’t find link on ikea website) lighted shelving from ikea. hacked it up and made a light table out of it. first thing i did was insert some foil inside the shelving unit under the light source. it increased the EV of the light (with dome) from 10 to 11.5. the pedestal base’s from an old halogen floor lamp.

lightboxlightboxthe pen holders are made from the remaining pipe from the halogen lamp, cut up with a pipe cutter. then attached with leftover holes from the wooden assembly, and taped up with foil tape. the tubes stay up with a strip of lexan bolted to the shelving brackets included with the shelf. i added some extra support for the pipe under the storage unit, and added the CD spindle case to cover the screws sticking up. it also doubles as a spacer for the storage compartment.”

click to view jason’s lightbox photos on flickr.

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

7 Responses to light table

  1. Furniturehomedelivery.com says:

    This is great. Very impressive.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Impressive, but you can save a lot of money and time if you purchase a light box for nearly $30 from Dick Blick online. It’s what I am asking for Christmas this year.

  3. feli says:

    WOW thanks for sharing this. I am looking for a lightbox table too for my cardmaking and pattern drawing. Thank you thank you thank you,

  4. dispodip says:

    thanks for the praise :)
    i’d actually like to expand my furniture designs, but i lack the connections for such a venture.
    at least it’s a fun hobby.

  5. This is some impressive furniture design. You should start your own line!

  6. Hans says:

    Ikea has a tendency to rename theire stuff. I managed to track down that shelf after some searching. It’s now part of the Faktum kitchen series and called Rationell.


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