Diy Light Up Sign Finished

Friday, December 9th 2022. | Weddings

Diy Light Up Sign Finished – In this video I will show you how to make a DIY light box using cheap LED lights. I made my own light box on a sign, but there are so many options! You can turn it into wall art for a kid’s room or playroom, or even make a similar sign for your business lobby. Enjoy!

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Diy Light Up Sign Finished

Diy Light Up Sign Finished

For this DIY light box sign project, I used a dowel I already had on hand, which meant I first needed to measure it on a jointer, planer, and table saw.

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You can easily use hardwood 1x2s readily available from home centers. The length of material you need depends on the size of your frame. A 6-foot-long 1×2 should easily cover this type of structure, unless the sign you’re building is large.

You have many options for what you want to display inside the light box, but I wanted a sign with my logo. My friend Brad via fix of this build. This inspired the build, and he was nice enough to laser engrave another piece of glass with my logo. Check out this build version here.

With the wood sized and the inside of my light box decided on, it was time to start cutting the frame. I cut the four sides of my frame to short lengths on a hacksaw, being careful to cut away any wood or other imperfections.

Once I had the DIY light box pieces with their rough dimensions, I then started cutting the 45 degree bevels. When deciding on the final size of my frame, I made sure to consider the material that would end up inside the grooves that I cut in the next step. More on that a little later.

Diy Light Up Sign

Also having some kind of stop system would be very useful because you can get two lengths each, one for the top and bottom and one for the sides, respectively. As long as these lengths are consistent and your bills are correct, you’ll end up with a gap-free frame.

It’s also a good idea to double check that your saw is beveled at 45 degrees with a digital T-Bevel gauge. Any mistakes will result in gaps in your finished frame.

After cutting all four sides to length with bevels at each end, I did a quick trial run. They looked really good!

Diy Light Up Sign Finished

Then I had to cut grooves on the inside of the frame to hold the glass piece, as well as a piece of ¼” Luan plywood to form the back of the frame.

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Remember how I said I took into account the amount of material that would stay in these grooves when deciding on my frame dimensions? This is important here. When deciding on my frame dimensions, I chose a ¼” depth on all sides of the frame, so I set the table saw blade height to ¼”.

I also wanted the two pieces to be roughly equally spaced on the frame, with some extra space behind the glass and plywood, so I made the cut at ⅜”, and made my first set of passes on each frame. cut

Since my table saw blade is cut or ⅛” thick, only one pass was needed to slide the glass piece into the groove.

Then I cut the groove for the plywood, which required two passes to get ¼” thick plywood. I cut one pass, moved the cut over ⅛”, then made another pass.

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With the grooves cut, I cut the plywood to my final size on the table and miter saw.

With all the pieces cut to their final size, I did a quick test of the DIY light box assembly to make sure everything was correct and everything came together really well.

Then it was time to paint. I painted the back of the glass white, like Brad did in his video, to help diffuse the light. I think I might have done a few too many layers, because it blocks out too much light, making it difficult to see the light in daylight.

Diy Light Up Sign Finished

While the paint was drying I sanded all parts of the frame with 80, 120 and 180 grit sandpaper, I just love the way this dried walnut looks, it’s so beautiful.

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I used screws instead of glue to assemble the frame because I wanted to take it apart if the light bar ever stopped working, the glass broke, or any other changes needed to be made. I could plug the screw holes with dowels, but that would also make it difficult to disassemble the frame in case of any changes. I really like how the patch looks here.

With the frame assembled, I flushed all the corners and then it was time to finish.

Finally, I used Waterloox, which is also the sponsor of this video. Waterloos is my new favorite finish for walnut, it just looks amazing. Waterlux is a mixture of tang oil and resin, so it gives you an oil-based finish, but more protection than a flat oil finish. If you want to know more about Waterlux, click here. I applied two coats, sanded with 320 grit paper, and then sanded a final coat.

Then it was time for electronics. Here is the exact light kit I used, may not be simple. I went with a battery-powered strip because my plan was to use this DIY light box sign at events where I have a booth, like craft fairs and maker fairs.

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Basically, I drilled a hole in the back of the plywood, wired the lights through those holes, and used CA glue to attach the lights to the back. In retrospect, I wish I had used two of these light strips, because it really needed more light.

On the back I used CA glue to attach the small remote and then I just used good old duct tape to attach the battery, as it will be removed when the battery needs to be replaced.

With the electronics installed, it was time for the final assembly, which required a bit of torture, but ended with little encouragement. A tip: when drilling the screw holes in the corners, make sure they don’t go into the glass groove. Don’t ask me how I know…

Diy Light Up Sign Finished

And here is the finished sign. As you can see, with the lights on, it’s hard to see, but the real cool factor comes into play when you turn off the lights. This particular light bar has all kinds of crazy color modes, and you can even have just one solid color if that’s more your style.

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I hope you enjoyed this project, I’m really happy with how it turned out, and it was a great addition to my booth at the Atlanta Maker Faire. Again, you don’t have to insert laser-etched glass here, there are plenty of ways to get creative on a budget. It would also be great for a nursery, playroom, etc.

If you liked this structure, you might want to consider subscribing. Every Tuesday I post new project videos like this one. If you want to see another cool LED lighting project, check out my “How to Make a Coffin” project. Thanks, and until next time, happy building! Whenever we can combine the two, we have reason to celebrate. So if you have a favorite book quote that always sticks with you and a blank wall in your room that’s crying out for some attention, you should make this easy DIY bright word art canvas.

By Keith Crowley. This book is basically a long love letter to books. The story takes place in a family bookstore where the characters leave each other notes in old books. The books in the shop are full of notes, letters and passes that people have written down. (We at Underland think that’s especially amazing.)

This book was an obvious choice for this project – beautiful cover, interesting quotes and a story that will stay with you long after you finish reading. Let’s get started!

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Pro tip: We love battery operated ones that don’t need to be plugged in, so your walls stay cable-free. For complete worry-free lighting, get a set with a built-in timer.

2. Paint the background! You can make bright brush strokes, bright patterns, all in one color, whatever you want. Just remember that the deeper the paint layer, the longer it will take to dry. We went with something that fits the word cover in deep blue.

4. Once your canvas is dry, it’s time to write your message!

Diy Light Up Sign Finished

Diy light up sign