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A Wafer light box slantboard
« on: January 08, 2015, 03:41:07 AM »
For quite some time I have been in need of a lettering surface with adjustable light for use with grid lines or preliminary underlays. My solution was to build a slant board with Wafer light box set into the drawing surface. It took a couple months to figure out the design and construction technique which involved routing templates.

Nothing fancy with the wood  or finish. Just some spare baltic birch plywood, a piece of laminate and miix of screws, hinges, bolts and a couple coats of shellac.  Folds up with the base as a handle and very easy to transport to a CCC weekend lettering workshop.

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2015, 03:24:04 PM »
This is gorgeous and ingenious!!! Thank you for sharing!  :) I'm jealous!
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2015, 04:23:21 PM »
Now, why can't I have a nextdoor neighbor like you, Alan?  That's really neat. 
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2015, 04:52:07 PM »
Alan - this is just awesome. You should totally take orders for these - I am sure many will want one.

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2015, 03:55:54 PM »
That's so cool! My boyfriend and I were trying to figure out how to convert my drafting table into a drafting/light table. Aaaaaand I recently ordered a Wafer light box. Hmmmm...I wonder if we could do something similar to your design and make a pop-out piece that would hold the light box when I needed it, but would allow the drafting surface to be there when I didn't? Is your light box able to slide out easily, or do you need to unscrew the back support?

Now I'm really intrigued :D Also, I love that yours is portable!

Thank you for sharing!
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2015, 04:10:44 PM »
Well isn't this just the cat's meow. I wish I knew how to work with wood to do something like that! Maybe I could sew a lightbox lap pillow so I could trace while sitting in bed or something. lol
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2015, 05:55:03 AM »
That is very cool!  Wow, congratulations!

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2015, 06:56:21 AM »
Wow that is just awesome
...  I am so jealous of you
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2015, 11:09:54 PM »
Thank you all for the nice comments.
I have been using the light pad board this past week. Definitely helps when I need to refine a preliminary lettering study underlay with grid lines.

Alan

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2015, 04:40:19 PM »
Great idea!! Great job!!

Well isn't this just the cat's meow. I wish I knew how to work with wood to do something like that! Maybe I could sew a lightbox lap pillow so I could trace while sitting in bed or something. lol

That sounds perfect!!  ;)

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2015, 11:34:34 PM »
So cool! I wish I have the skills (and patience!) to do something like this. Kudos to you, Alan! :)
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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2015, 12:19:03 AM »
Great job Alan.

If i ever get through my current projects, I may have to make one of my own.

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2015, 02:48:11 PM »
Can you open up a business and start selling these? I'm sure you'll have a lot of takers on this forum alone! What an awesome light box!

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2015, 11:45:55 PM »
Papercrew,
I just looked at your website. You have some truly beautiful lettering.

I have thought about making slant boards with a Wafer. As a production piece the slant boards need to be smaller in size for shipping or ease of travel to fit in a small suitcase. Perhaps sometime in the future this may be possible when I have time available.

Alan

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Re: A Wafer light box slantboard
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2015, 12:33:50 AM »
ALAN! OMG this is amazing!!!!