Light cube made of acrylic glass

A light cube is the perfect home accessory for design lovers and anyone who wants to prove their craftsmanship. With the following instructions you can easily make your own modern light cube made of acrylic glass.

For a light cube measuring 30 x 30 x 30 cm you will need:

  • 5 acrylic sheets 5 mm thick:
    • 2 side walls 29 x 29.5 cm
    • 2 side panels 30 x 29.5 cm
    • 1 cover plate 30 x 30 cm
  • Acrylic adhesive
  • rubber gloves
  • liWinkelmaß
  • Right angle supports, e.g. bookends
  • 1 roll of wide adhesive tape
  • HSS drills, 3 mm and 5 mm
  • Hole Saw
  • Variable speed drill
  • Sprayer with water

If you want to place an LED or incandescent bulb under the cube, you can build a lamp holder made of acrylic glass. For this you need:

  • Acrylic glass plate 29 x 7 cm
    • 2 short strips of acrylic glass 7 x 7 cm
    • Lamp holder suitable for your LED lamp or light bulb
    • 2 cable glands

1st step: select color

To make your light cube a special eye-catcher in your home, you can design it in one or more eye-catching colors. An equally good choice is milky acrylic, as it ensures an even distribution of light. A transparent light cube, on the other hand, ensures a futuristic look. However, you should note that the adhesive bonds on the transparent acrylic glass are visible, if not worked carefully.

Light cube made of acrylic glass: made

2nd step: Gluing the plates

Before you start building the light cube, you should readjust all of the tools and materials listed above. First take a short and a long side wall of the acrylic sheets. For both plates, remove the protective foil on one side. These pages later form the inside of the light cube. Lay the long side wall on your table and attach the acrylic glass adhesive on the narrow side.

Attention: Always wear rubber gloves while gluing and ensure good ventilation. The glue is also very thin. Apply the glue first on a piece of cardboard!

Press the narrow side to which the adhesive has been applied onto the long side wall. Then take bookends and an angle measure to glue the short side wall at right angles to the long side wall. For the glue to harden, you should let the construction stand for at least 20 minutes. The glue takes time to cure completely. Since the two parts fuse together during bonding, the acrylic sheets can not be taken apart later.

Step 3: Install the lights

As the glue cures, you can already drill the hole for the lamp cable. Take the second short sidewall and mark the middle of the plate. In this place, a piece of adhesive tape is glued, the hole drawn and then drilled. Make sure the center of the hole is at least 15mm from the edge. If the hole is drilled too close to the edge, there is a risk that the acrylic sheet will break.

Light cube made of acrylic glass: made

To properly drill the hole, you must first pre-drill it with a 3mm drill bit. Then you can enlarge the hole with a 5 mm drill bit. Place the acrylic sheet on a flat, stable surface while drilling. Make sure that you allow the drill to pass freely and that it does not drill into the surface!

Once the glue has cured on the first side wall, you can attach the second side wall. This is glued in the manner already described. Also, give this bond enough time to cure before sticking the other long side to the construction.

4th step: put on the cover plate

Finally, secure the cover plate. To do this, apply the Acrifix acrylic adhesive to the narrow sides of the light cube and then lay the cover plate on top. Do not forget the protective film one Remove page! Using the adhesive tape, you can fix the cover plate during curing. It is also possible to put a weight on the cover plate during curing.

Light cube made of acrylic glass: glass

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