I've read lots of tutorials over the last year or so on how to make a home-made cheapo light box so I didn't have to shell out 100s of dollars for a professional set up. While I may not get the *full* advantage of a professional set up, I shall eke my way through, using this.
I got the bright idea to take pictures along the way, and post a blog! This is the first time I've ever trying to capture a process in pictures, and it lengthened the time it took me to complete it. I'd say I spent about 3 hours doing it - I'm slow and methodical with it comes to doing something new. I didn't want to make any major mistakes as I didn't have any extra foamboard on hand. Also as I moved along in the process, day turned into early evening and I had to use the dreaded flash.
WHAT I USED
2 pks of 12" x 18" bi-fold white foam board - I used Elmer's (does not have to be bi-fold but it helps)
1 exacto knife, or a soldering wand with an exacto tip (I used the Philips Screw Cordless Soldering Kit)
1 roll packing tape, 1 1/2" - 2" wide
1 roll invisible tape or masking tape (not shown below)
4 - 8 sheets of vellum paper standard size 8.5" x 11"
tape measure or ruler
a pen or pencil
|Not shown: scissors and glue gun. I will be cutting with the soldering|
wand on top of that thick piece of board underneath everything.
|Got this a WalMart for less then $2 each|
|You will probably need to pass through each line 2 or 3 times |
to get a clean cut. Press down firmly!
|1st window is cut out. The "line" you see on the left|
is the fold line of this bi-fold panel.
Next, I needed to cut the other panels to be able to square up to the first one. I set up the panel I just cut and then brought the 2nd bi-fold panel up next to it (while still folded) so that it is placed on top of the base, not to the side of it. (Take a look at the 3rd picture down - it demonstrates what I mean.) I'm going to have to tape it together later and this is the best configuration for that. I've turned the bi-fold on it's long side to stand up, so there will be a strip to remove.
|After the mark is made, I will use that mark as a gauge where to |
place other marks across the whole bi-fold panel to remove the strip.
|Cutting the strip off the 2nd panel, 2nd side. I've already cut off the 1st half of the strip.|
I've also marked my 1" lines on one side of the bifold to prepare to cut out the window.
Here it shows what I mean about squaring up the panels.
*Just beware that if you did not cut straight lines out of the first panel, you won't have straight lines to use for your second one, so just do what Bob Vila did. Measure twice, cut once.
Now I have 3 windows.
|This picture demonstrates my comment earlier about how to stand the panel|
on the base. This will ensure that when you cut the windows out of each side
of the 2nd panel, they will be level when put together.
Next I will glue the right and left walls/panels to the base with the glue gun. I had to be sure of the best fit, so I moved it around from side to side then I applied the glue to what ended up being the bottom. I placed it on the edge of the base and had to reposition it a bit. Some of the glue now shows from when it squished out from me moving it around. After about 30 seconds I did the 2nd side. You can see that the first side stands up all by itself. Foam board is very light.
|The sides are upright on their own now, with just the glue holding them in place.|
|Finishing up the last of the tape... all done!|
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