The Table Terrarium is a reclaimed microfabrication layout table. These were essentially drafting tables and were used to draw out the traces on a microchip at a scale of about 3 feet across. Once the chip was fully designed, it doubled as a light table. Using external mirrors and optics, the image would be reduced down to the microchip scale to make the glass masks that would be used in the chip fabrication. Even in academic microfabs, we don't make chips this way anymore, but as a piece of engineering history and furniture, the table was gorgeous.
I removed the diffuser sheet to give a clear view into the table. I repositioned the lights up to the edges. I added plastic sheeting, drainage gravel, and an irrigation system. I then planted houseplants inside to give something nice at which to look during breakfast.