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Thread: Do any of you ever use a light box ?

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    Super Member #1piecemaker's Avatar
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    When I was trying to put a picture on a piece of fabric, I got an old empty drawer, a piece of flexiglass and a flashlight and went to work. My "new" lightbox did the trick.It worked like a charm. Has any of you ever done the same thing?

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    I built myself a lightbox table out of a piece of glass from an old coffee table and some clamp lamps from Target. Works great!

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    we have an old coffee table (frame)....the top was removed, so my hubby bought a piece of plexiglass to fit and a florescent light bar for underneith it. it works great and gives me about 24"x40" of work space.
    Ricky Timms one time put out there that he uses his dining room table...where the leaves go... pulls the table apart, put glass, lamp under the table perfect height to work at light box.
    the ones some sites have for sale are so ridiculously priced when you can make your own so easily :thumbup:

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    I had one I used for years, made out of an old drawer, with glass on the top, and a bathroom light inside. I found it got hot and drilled holes in the side of the drawer to help let that out, but in the end I gave in and bought a commercial one.
    My new one has a slope, is comfortable to use on my lap all evening if needs be, and has a cool, daylight bulb in it.
    Of course, I don't use it every day, but when I do, it beats standing at a window, waiting for a sunny day (in short supply sometimes in Ireland).

    I am going to make an Affairs of the Heart quilt this year, in tandem with several other members after they finish their Dear Jane quilts - there will be a BOM thread on here for any others that want to join in. The original has a black background (though you could choose something different) and I just discovered that my light box will work with the black to make easy tracing.

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    I made one a couple of years ago with an old tuperware container, under the counter light, and plexi. All of which I already had. Worked great.

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    I've used the translucent storage tubs with a light underneath, and most of the above along with a window and my computer screen but a year or so ago I was able to pick up a nice "real" light box on an auction for $2. I was thrilled. Love the convenience and wieght(almost nil) of it.

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    At a garage sale, I found one that looks like the light boxes that the doctor hangs x-rays on - it's pretty big. For $5 I couldn't pass it up!

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    Yes, I love my light box. Sometimes I don't use it for an entire year or so, but when you need it, it is a most wonderful tool.

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    In the early days I used the window/sunlight method, then graduated to homemade box, then a larger homemade box, etc. Now have a nice, slanted commercial one (half price sale once). I love it and use it every week.

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    dh made me one years ago when i was into stained glass, it is very nice, but so far i have not used it for quilting.

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    I have a piece of glass that's pretty big but I usually just hang everything on my sliding glass door. Then we all look at it for a week or so ;)

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    I have the Sew Steady plexiglass table for my machine and I just put a small florescent light under, works great.

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    I have a lightbox that I purchased onLine years ago. When I need it, I'm so happy I have it. These furniture pieces sound wonderful - my sis-in-law has one built into her cutting table. Very clever.

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    I found a light box at an estate sale 3.00. I use it quite often with my PP. I also use it with the applique if I HAVE to do it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I had one I used for years, made out of an old drawer, with glass on the top, and a bathroom light inside. I found it got hot and drilled holes in the side of the drawer to help let that out, but in the end I gave in and bought a commercial one.
    My new one has a slope, is comfortable to use on my lap all evening if needs be, and has a cool, daylight bulb in it.
    Of course, I don't use it every day, but when I do, it beats standing at a window, waiting for a sunny day (in short supply sometimes in Ireland).

    I am going to make an Affairs of the Heart quilt this year, in tandem with several other members after they finish their Dear Jane quilts - there will be a BOM thread on here for any others that want to join in. The original has a black background (though you could choose something different) and I just discovered that my light box will work with the black to make easy tracing.
    I will be watching for it. That is on my to do list to finish, we started it as a group and then the LQS closed and it was put away. I started it in two color ways to combine into a king size quilt. I have a list of which blocks are the easiet and the hardest if you are interested pm me.

    And I bought a large light box and love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandish
    At a garage sale, I found one that looks like the light boxes that the doctor hangs x-rays on - it's pretty big. For $5 I couldn't pass it up!
    I also have a huge one from a hospital with two lights in it. It is huge and heavy but I love it and use it all the time for machine applique patterns.

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    i have a light box i haven't used in years. but it is a help since i work in the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stewyscrewy
    I use the window. depending on size I may go to mommas for her french doors. I tape pattern to window or wall and then tape up the fabric. Definately free minus the tape.
    Me too:>

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    I just got one from Keepsake quilting for a Christmas present. Haven't used it yet, but I am looking forward to it.

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    I just use my glass top coffee table and put a lamp under it. Or tape it to my patio door wall

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    I, too, use the window/sunlight method.

    If I did it more often, I think I would make a light box. Love your idea.

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    what do you use a light box for??? i never heard of that being used to quilt

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    I've never used one, but I saw on a Fons & Porter TV show where they turned a clear plastic container over on it's top and placed a Tap Light underneath it and it seemed to work also.

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    My lightbox is vintage. (lol!) It was given to me as a little girl by the gentelman who made it from an old wooden crate and a basement window. Works wonderfully!

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    I've done that, something similar actually. I used to have a glass topped table & would put a flashlight under it to trace stuff. It worked great. Unfortunately when we moved I no longer had room for the table & got rid of it. I miss it for that feature.

    Cathy S/Willowwind

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