Light Box for Quilt Marking?


#1

I know this is off topic … but I don’t suppose we’re considering a gigantic light box to mark quilt tops are we?


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#2

It hasn’t been brought up yet. If you want to give me or @matthshooter the details we can discuss it in the next sewing SIG meeting.


#4

I reckon 1"x1" meets this measure in most of Chris’ creations :laughing: …not sure that applies to quilts, though…:confused:


#5

That’s a great question!

I didn’t really have something specific in mind. Typical artist/drafting light boxes tend to be limited to about 2’ x 2’ that’s a bit too small. 3’ x 3’ would be good; 4’ x 4’ would be absolutely wonderful.

Right now I’m trying to use a glass coffee table with a bezillion candlepower light underneath it, which is less than desirable for a lot of reasons.

Marking is such a nuisance, no matter how you do it, so anything we have to help that problem is a step in the right direction.


#6

I feel like we could do some really goofy things with one of those big strips of LEDs from IKEA and a beefy poster frame (or have someone make one in the wood shop) to have that happen. But would we wall mount it somehow? Or make it moveable for a table?


#7

Reason I asked: I have an old oak drafting table with a light table top, but my current fav is the Wafer 2 by Daylight company. Mostly because its big enough to work on it like a lap desk, but its only about 3/8th of an inch thick.

Looking at the website, theyve just released an even larger model, the Wafer 3.

If we were going to “hack” something bigger, I would suggest either getting an old glass tabletop and having one side sandblasted or get a half sheet of white/translucent plexi. My experience with putting an under-cabinet light tube under a clear surface for an extended length of time is just painful to work on, wheras a more diffused light makes it easier to focus on the project at hand.


#8

If or when we think we want to make something ourselves (which would likely be way cheaper), we should contact @bertberaht and see if he can keep an eye out for some glass.


#9

Too big?
https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/zip/d/glass-door-storm-door/6744871803.html
Great price. Already framed, probably with hinges, so alls you’d need is to make the box part…

There’s also some glasses currently on offer, 1 is 1"Perspex…
https://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/zip/d/free-glass-tabletops/6744961707.html