How to Build an Animation Light Box

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Make cheap tracings and get away with it. Building your own animation light box saves money and can work just as well as a store-bought one. All it takes are some decent materials and basic construction knowledge. A simple animation light box can be made few materials. Put these items together and you get a decent, useful homemade animation light box.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 boards 1x 8 inches in size
  • 1 sheet of plywood
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Hard Acrylic
  • Fluorescent light
  • Metal pegs
  • Drill the four corners of the 1-by-8-inch pine boards together to form the box's structure. Use two screws in each corner. Attach a plywood backing on whichever side will be the bottom of the light box. Screw it to the structure. Drill a hole in the back around an inch wide. This will serve as the opening for the electrical cord.

  • Find a fluorescent light small enough to fit inside the 8-inch length of the light box. Mount the light to the bottom inside the light box. Run screws through the plastic mounting holes in the base of the light.

  • Cut out a piece of translucent acrylic that is equal to the size of the light box. Punch holes for registration pegs in this. Attach to the top of the light box.

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