My 5-year-old finally asked me that question that many geek dads so look forward to: "Can I have a lightsaber?"
Now, lightsabers aren't cheap, and true Jedi Knights make their own. But somehow I just can't see Master Yoda asking the younglings to whip out the soldering irons. I have a sneaky feeling the younglings get loaner sabers.
Coruscant is (as you may be aware) in a galaxy far far away, and I just can't pay the shipping fees to have one sent our way.
So... Home Depot, here we come.
Our design is based on the $33 Lightsaber in 33 Minutes plans found on Instructables.com -- here's the original link.
I should explain that the saber I constructed differs slightly. The $33 saber uses an extension piece (1-1/2" diameter) that I felt honestly made the entire saber just too bulky. Rather than add it, I skipped the extension and inserted 10 1-1/4" gaskets (inside diameter) over the bottom of the pop-up chrome assembly. I added the slip joint washer and its gasket that fits right under where the on/off button will go and then put on the 10 gaskets.
I had a few junk pieces lying around that I used for the pushbutton and the bottom piece. To keep with the rubberized feel of the gaskets I also sealed the bottom piece on by wrapping it with a rolled piece of black Sugru (sugru.com).
All in all, I spent a total of $22.82 plus GA sales tax. Keep in mind I used a junk drawer button and bottom, so your cost might be slightly higher if you have to source items to fill those spots.
Entire thing took me less than 23 minutes to build so I'm calling it the $23 lightsaber in 23 Minutes.
If anyone knows where I could find some stiff foam that would hold up nicely and can retain its shape, that might be an option, so let me know if you have any suggestions.
Parts Used (from Home Depot):
DBHL Plastic 2-Piece Pop-Up Assembly in Chrome: Model # H756-1, Store SKU # 736061, $7.29
Danco 2 in. x 1-1/4 in. x 3/8 in. Basin Mack Gasket: Model # 80346, Internet # 100163238, Store SKU # 547761, $1.27
Nut/Washer 1-1/2 x 1-1/4 in. CP Nut/Washer, SKU# 041193028952, $2.83
Qty: 1 (shown with gasket in image below)
Location: Atlanta, GA
Latest Activity: Aug 7, 2012
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