The Table - Ghost Edition

Greetings All -

So in a follow up to The Pinball - Ghost Edition, thought I’d make a coffee table, out of corrugated plastic. Here we go -

Found this ‘transparent’ sign plastic at Michaels and bought all the pieces they had, note it’s 20"x30" -

Drafted a table in Lightburn as best I could, to maximize the 20"x30" size of the material -

If I had a CNC, you could poop this out direct to cut. But I don’t, so I did the easiest thing. I printed from Lightburn to a PDF. And then use a program called Mindcad Tiler.

Set the printer and paper to 11x17, since I can print on Tabloid. And it took a couple ‘scale’ tries at printing the six pages, to get the image height right at 20". But all you’re doing is printing six pages, matching up the the horizontals, measuring height, adjust and reprint. Until I got it right, then cut and paste, literally. (or tape) :slight_smile:

And as a template I was going to make a cardboard cutout, but figured why?

I’m going to just trace the paper onto the plastic with a sharpie. If I was doing a bunch I would make the cardboard one, but the paper alone worked fine.

Bling -

Fun time -

Taping edges made the three layers stay together a lot easier than holding them while cutting, and clamping squashes the corrugations. So tape it is.

I just stuck a box cutter through the face to do the inner field cuts. The jigsaw starts just fine with that, no need to drill a hole or anything.

The cut off bits I cut into chucks and they will be used for ‘gussets’ or glue blocks, you’ll see.

Cool, let’s build this thing.

I’m doing the side pieces, which are also the legs, in three layers each side. Same with the cross slats. So to bond them together I’m just using my favorite easy duty spray glue.

I’m spraying one side only of each face fairly thick, rub together well, and separate until they are tacky. Then stick together, instantly. Ya, try to get it right the first time, or live with it. :slight_smile:

Press together for a while. And don’t judge…

Loose fit the base together, the legs looked great at an angle so let’s go with that.

Do a bead of hot glue on all internal joints.

And Base complete - it was easier to do upside down. :slight_smile:

Cut excess length on cross pieces as desired then on to the top. I wanted three layers for stiffness, and measured and spaced the glue blocks into place for attaching to the base.

For the ‘middle’ layer of the top, I decided to go with a 10.5" circle cut out to sandwich a design that would have a ghostly appearance. Since the plastic isn’t clear, just translucent.

And lasered a design cutout of just blue cardboard, to insert -

Oh ya,

this is what I was hoping for…

Now then, because if one top isn’t enough, why not put in a second layer, for three times the effort? So I measured a rough cardboard template to make a lower ‘level’ of the table.

And because I already glued the sides together It was an extra special fun bending and contorting ‘both layers’ into place… And, because If one design top is cool, two is better. I added another cutout to the bottom shelf.

But I only had two sheets left for the lower shelf, and decided to just use the cutout over the design, spray glue all layers together and call it good. Which would have been sufficient for the top probably as well.

Cool, done right? Nope. I want this baby to glow… Enter, my ‘cheap favorite’ standard led strips. USB powered, oh ya.


The top sucked, cause I had already mounted the bottom shelf, so ya, plan ahead. The crap adhesive on the LED strip lasted about two days, so I redid them, with a two sided tape first, then crossed over about every eight inches, with another piece of super sticky two sided. and blam -

The legs warped a little after glue up, but whatever.

Can’t tell the strips are even there.

Shut up and light this thing up…

Shut the back door! I power it with a 23000 Mah two port usb charger brick. With both strips on the dimmest setting, it lasts a good 20 hours. Which just rests on the lower shelf.

And if I wasn’t happy enough, I decided to see if the blue light setting made the acrylic black light paint glow. Does it ever…

Hold please, I have an idea

Reminder to self, learn to paint. Meantime, use acrylic and a sponge brush.

That’s better -

110% satisfied…

Oh ya, and the Pinball is happy too…



Thanks for all these photos, ideas and quips. Fun, fun table!


Cool stuff! When I went looking I found…
15 Pack: 20" x 30" White Plastic Corrugated Board by Creatology™ | Michaels and for less in other places. I checked that there is no Vinyl but I know polyethylene has a low melting point. What setting did you use to cut it?


Greetings -
I didn’t cut the plastic with the Glowforge, as I couldn’t fit 20x30 into it. I just used a jigsaw with a ‘fine wood’ blade. Same with the 10.5" circle in the plastic, only the cardboard got cut in the GF. And the lizard / slime. And mabey a Gecko or two on the way. :wink:

Oh, and you need to use the ‘Transparent’ version, not the white.



What a fun conversation piece. Love your enthusiasm!


Ahh, I thought you were using a pro :slightly_smiling_face: it would work there but tricky.


That looks amazing. How fun!!


Love the table and your write-up! It’s fun to see the procession of it being constructed.


Greetings -

Thanks all for the kudos, this was a fun one, and a good little learning exercise on Lightburn. There’s going to be a CNC in my future, probably late summer. So this is something you could do in two layers of 1/4" Plywood, making them kids tables, or scale it up a tad for a regular coffee table.

I forgot to include the cost - I used 11 sheet of the Michaels plastic - So $55, plus two of the LED strips (on Amazon) at $10 each, so a total of $75. Plus some spray glue, hot glue and cardboard for the design element, You could also sandwich just a cut out construction paper stencil between the full sheets. Add in a power brick you probably already have and no fancy tools needed really.

When it’s on and glowing it is so seriously cool, and practical, your don’t even notice it’s just some sign plastic glued together. :slight_smile: Although, the plastic legs are not strong enough to support your feet up on the table, let alone be able to sit on it. But if you hot glued a 1" hollow Aluminum tube section up the back of each leg, it would be unobtrusive, straighten out the slight bend in the legs, and you could probably put your feet on it. But it’s totally fine as is for light duty, and for smiles.



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