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A bit back told about problems with FedEx. Claims of not finding my residence, even tho they've delivered before; claims no one to sign, regardless of the fact I do not receive packages requiring a signature; no one home, even tho I have not left the house all day; and lately been dropping off my med supplies at a neighbor's house. UPS never has a problem finding my house, plus they always knock, FedEx NEVER knocks.

So, decided it was time for another house number sign. The last one I had was a Tiki I carved. It lasted for years, until a friend of my sons ran over it. Twice. Not like it was on the edge of the drive, or the road, it was about four foot for each. The second time it killed it, and I never got around to replacing it. But decided it was time to replace it. This time it will go on a metal pole, a few feet from the drive, and anyone wanting to run over this one will have to go thru a ditch first.

Started researching house number signs on-line, and all I could find were mundane signs, numbers on a plaque next to a door, was about the norm. NOT the inspiration I wanted. Then I found the inspiration I was looking for. On the back of a playing card ( made in China, of course). A 'face' on the back of the card popped right up, and looking closer, found at least seven potential future designs - you have to have an imagination before you can see stuff like this.

And this is why I suddenly need a light box - should be totally finished by tomorrow, just making holders for two small flashlights, found out that just tossing them in doesn't put the light where it's needed the most. I will mark out the lines I want (there are a LOT of lines I don't want ), change some, then will have to trace over the lines I mark so it will be loads easier to actually make the design in wood. I'll make a master, of course, in case I want to duplicate it later. Parts of it will be cut out, then glued to a solid piece, painted likely red or black. Then the top part, with the holes, painted some to be decided color (or colors).

Here is a picture of my inspiration. By the time I get thru with the design, doubt anyone would ever be able to tell where it came from.
Plans? Plans? Don' need no steenkin' plans.
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Sweet!
Re the 'lightbox' what's wrong with the window? I mean taping it to the inside of the pane and let the daylight do the honours.
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They have some solar lights now that are very reasonable that are quite bright.
Just saying,
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Dan. Wouldn't work, I do most of my drawings in the evenings, and wouldn't be able to figure out how to do it that way anyway. And with all the close lines I'll need a fair amount of light.

Herb. Already got a batch of led flashlights, so not buying anything. I figure two of them will do the job.

Dunno if I will ever use the light box or not, seldom trace anything. Took two boxes I get med supplies in, cut the side off of both, cut the end off of one, cut the other in half. Joined both with strips of cardboard inside, and got them just the right size to take the microwave door (half a door, found out there are two windows in it, but the inside one is way too small). Glued two blocks of cardboard on each side, so the bottom of the door is about half an inch down. Tossed a flashlight in to test it. Looks like won't need aluminum foil, or even to paint it white. But the flashlight just shined into the corner. So made two little cradles to hold two flashlights, and each will point at an end. Should work fine, glue drying now, so will check tomorrow.
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Another options is to toss a string of 50 or 100 white Christmas LED lights into the bottom of the box. Smoother light, pretty much shadowless. Quite bright, I went nuts on Christmas lights, so I'm always trying to find a way to use them. I can't resist the low price of Christmas lights after the holiday.

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In the beginning of my drafting and design career (before CAD) we had a drafting table with a gloss top, and a fluorescent light under it in a box. The glass was frosted, but we'd use that table to directly trace and compare city water supply aerial photographs to the scaled maps. Depending on the size you would ever need, plexiglass can be had and reinforced to accommodate.
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You guys should know by now how tight with money he is. I heard someone say that he has enough money to burn a wet mule.

Don in Murfreesboro,Tn.

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Tom: Don't have any Christmas lights, let alone LED. Not buying any either.

Don: Not cheap, financially disabled is the term you are searching for. I may only use the light box this one time. Certainly can't think of anything I would want it for other than that; the only reason I want it now is because it will save me a ton of time, sorting out all the lines. So, not about to use good wood, and good money, on a project like this. Besides, more fun to make stuff on my own. Anyway, you're just mad because you didn't think of it.

Got to see my older son today, so won't be able to check it out with the lights until this evening. Should work fine, but if not, I'll make two more flashlight cradles, and use four flashlights, instead of two.
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I was going to suggest a B-Day cake with candles but you'll probably burn the place down...
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I was going to suggest a B-Day cake with candles but you'll probably burn the place down...
Yeah, that's one reason why I would rather have a birthday pie, rather than cake.

Well, lost one of my flashlight cradles, so had to make another, and it wasn't until today I was able to check how the light box worked. I set the two cradles in, with lit flashlights, and put the door on. It actually worked pretty good. But the cradles were not glued down, so did, and will check again tomorrow with them not able to shift around. I'm thinking two will work well enough for government work, but if not it will be easy to make two more cradles and add two more lights. I'm gonna wrap duct tape around it, over the packing tape, so if I actually use it again, I will glue cloth over the outside, to make it look better, but mostly to stiffen up the cardboard.

I've never used a light box before in my life. Always wanted to make one, but never thought of anything to use one for, until this project came along. I'll keep it, but I've always sketched out my plans then finalized them, so not a clue if I will ever use it again. Any ideas?

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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
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