View Full Version : how to put in led's

Black Truck 10
07-18-2008, 02:55 AM
If im trying to sorta copy this, http://www.stevemeadedesigns.com/board/index.php?showtopic=149&st=60

How do I put in the front plexiglass? Like does it need to sit in deeper than the mdf so I put lights underneath it? Or to get that look do I flush mount the Plexiglass to the MDF and then just put the lights either on top or bottom?

Tell me to explain more if im not doing it well.

07-18-2008, 10:38 AM
The plexi is on the inside of the wood and is side-lit with leds.

Black Truck 10
07-18-2008, 02:52 PM
I thought they leds were on the bottom?

Someone else mentioned to me that they think the plexi had a slit cut into it across the bottom of it and just large enough that the LED's would fit inside of it.

07-18-2008, 07:58 PM
sand paper, trim and box covering can fix almost any mistake. i just pre-drilled the plexi on mine and fastened it just as if it were a piece of wood. i just covered the edges of the plexi with my box covering. in my case, i had to paint the edge. it was a pia to get it smooth on the cut edge, but the rustoleum plastic paint seems to have stuck to it really well. i know i'm not much help. my box was just a basic rectangle, so it was no where near as nice as that one. have you done some basic box building?

07-18-2008, 08:06 PM
oh. i had red led's in my box. i used a dremel to cut a little trench out of the corners, into the wood where it meets the glass. it wasn't shining through the edge of the glass, but modify that plan a little, and you may come up with something. personally, i would use a dremel and cut out where i wanted my lights and i would make a path in the wood where the wires would run. cover it with spackling or silicone, sand, and paint over.

edit: i would run the wires inside the bracing of my box and avoid carving in to the mdf as much as possible.