Made from 1/4" thick Plexiglass pieces butt-jointed together, this 59" tall (convert) light box has a rope light snaking behind bark.
Working with Plexiglass
Step 1: Prepare the Box Pieces
Step 2: Assemble the Box
Step 3: Position the Fasteners
Step 4: Install the Light and Bark
Step 5: Secure to the Wall
Plexiglass sheeting is a less expensive,
light, easy-to-cut acrylic alternative
to glass and is usually sold in
96" x 48" sheets from Plastix.
Have the Plexiglass cut to size by
the supplier for about $10 or DIY
using a jigsaw. It’s quite brittle so
use a fine-tooth blade and switch
off the pendulum action.
Smooth the Plexiglass edges with
220-grit abrasive paper then a cloth
dipped in brass polish. To mark the
position of the rods measure 1"
from the edges on the back piece
and 3/4" on the front then use
a twist bit to drill 1/5" holes.
Remove the backing from
the Plexiglass, apply silicone around the
back panel then position the top.
Apply silicone on the end of a side and
position it against the top, position
the other side then put the light cord
through the notch and secure the base.
Thread a dome nut and a washer
onto a threaded rod, pushing it
through the front panel, a spacer
and the back. Add a washer, nut and
a second spacer at the back.
Position the rope light in the box
and drill 1/10" diameter holes where
the loops converge to thread with
cable ties and secure, trimming the
excess. Fill the box with bark chunks
then add the front panel, finishing
with a washer, nut and spacer.
Use an impact drill with a 1/4"
diameter masonry bit to make six
holes 2" deep, inject epoxy
adhesive then insert the threaded rods.
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