For ages I was looking for a cheap and easy way to make a light box for photographing miniatures.
Steve Firth had an awesome one built from a beer carton that was a bottom and two sides with light blue paper lining it. I used it for taking photos of the generals at Arcanacon 2006 with pretty good results.
However, when taking photos at 3am, you can’t take advantage of the abundant natural light that occurs during daylight hours. Hence, the following: http://strobist.blogspot.com/ Which looks something like this: