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Josiegirl 11-15-2017 03:55 AM

Make Your Own Light Table?
 
Has anyone made their own light table before? If so, how and did it work well? I remember trying to make something like that with a clear tote and lights inside but it was just an okay thing, didn't work all that great. But I go to price them and I cannot find anything under $250. :(
I just received a gift card at Lakeshore for $200 but can't justify spending it all on one item, plus more of my own $$ when there are other things I need too.:o
Any input?? Thanks!

DaveA 11-15-2017 04:08 AM

Never made one, but it should be a simple build. I would grab a sturdy shadow box, replace the glass with plexiglass, and put a short length of LED Christmas lights inside. You'd have to notch a groove to run the light plug in out, but otherwise no really construction.

Hope that helps.

Cat Herder 11-15-2017 05:27 AM

LED, thin, desktop version $24. ;) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EBA8ZX8...a-319713367323

nanglgrl 11-15-2017 07:16 AM

Do you have an ikea nearby?

Blackcat31 11-15-2017 07:48 AM

I just got a grant and had listed this as one of the items I want:
https://www.amazon.com/Constructive-...VY0VNDG8SVAEKD

It's listed for $150.95

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....19wMZZScmL.jpg

nanglgrl 11-15-2017 07:57 AM

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I think this is the under cabinet light I saw at IKEA and thought it would make a good light table if you attached it to one of the trofast storage tables. I already had a light table so I didn't look at it too close but the one I saw was a good size and sturdy.

MyAngels 11-15-2017 10:20 AM

I saw an idea once where they used a glass top end table from a thrift store, replaced the glass with frosted plexiglass (Menards sells it here) and then stapled some white lights underneath as the light source.

AmyKidsCo 11-15-2017 01:36 PM

I've seen homemade ones that were basically a wooden box with a bottom, florescent lights or a LED light rope inside, and white plexiglass screwed on top. One I saw had a light switch on the side to turn it on and off, another had a hole for the cord to come out and the on/off switch was on the cord.

flying_babyb 11-15-2017 06:58 PM

done this! bought a shadow box, inserted a cheap under cabinate light ($8 at walmart) and used a drill to make a hole. worked well till the kids broke the cover. Replaced it with part of a Florescent light cover. was pretty cool

Josiegirl 11-16-2017 03:14 AM

Thank you so much for the great ideas!!! I do have a Walmart and Lowes to shop at but no Ikea. Will have to see what I can find. I never thought of using a shadow box! And I love the idea of recreating something out of a glass top table(to think of all the ones I've passed up along the way :()
BC, I did see some on Amazon like that but am thinking that'd be more for 1 person at a time? I can see the arguments now. I will figure it out because I can't see spending 250 or more, plus stuff to use with it. Lakeshore, to me, is so expensive. I shouldn't 'look a gift horse in the mouth' but I do wish the state would either give cash or a different kind of gift card as an incentive, ya know> :o

Josiegirl 12-13-2017 10:48 AM

Update: got a bit lazy and Lakeshore offered a 30% off one item so I bought a light table that can go on the floor or a table and it changes colors via remote. It's pretty cool! I bought that and a set of first light toys, plus a CD, cost me just 25 bucks of my own money. The kids love it but all the 16 mo wants to do is climb on it. I do need to buy some more toys to go with it though. It's really pretty cool and gives me some rest and play time because I sit right beside them on the floor.

CityGarden 12-13-2017 03:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Josiegirl (Post 658584)
Update: got a bit lazy and Lakeshore offered a 30% off one item so I bought a light table that can go on the floor or a table and it changes colors via remote. It's pretty cool! I bought that and a set of first light toys, plus a CD, cost me just 25 bucks of my own money. The kids love it but all the 16 mo wants to do is climb on it. I do need to buy some more toys to go with it though. It's really pretty cool and gives me some rest and play time because I sit right beside them on the floor.

That is great!!! Will you share the link of the one you got.

Josiegirl 12-13-2017 04:20 PM

https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/pr...=1513207131445

Hope this worked.


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