Step 2: Construction - Design

This part of the instructable would be a lot better if I hadn't left my drawings at home depot when I bought the wood.  Luckily that was after I had cut the wood when I went back to buy some hinges.  Either way, the truth is, the box construction wasn't well planned and I think I got pretty lucky that it ended up fitting together properly.

The most important things I wanted to keep in mind when designing this were that it needed to be durable for portability, and not require a lot of assembly, since there's not usually a lot of time setting up on stage.  It would have been a lot easier to construct something that didn't contain the actual light bulbs, in other words, if the light bulbs had to be screwed in and removed for each use, it would be able to be a lot smaller.  Something to keep in mind if you're building your own.

So, the design process for me basically came down to one thing, the width and height of the light bulbs, as that pretty much determined the size of the box.  Once I settled on the idea that the light bulbs would fold down inside the box, the rest sort of came easily.
Really love this device. Wish I had the time, patience, and knowledge to make it myself (or buy it).<br><br>Found out more about the &quot;Pipe Bomb Mic&quot; aka the Copperphone. link here: http://www.placidaudio.com/the-copperphone/
<br> This has been featured on <a href="http://www.notcot.org/post/39000/">NOTCOT</a>.<br>
i LOVE this! can i borrow your brains!?
wow! very impressive light organ! i can't stop watching this video :) <br>good work!
great video!
I'd like to see an instructable on the mic the girl was using. <br> <br>Very cool! I like the lightbulbs that were chosen. They remind me of vacuume tubes.
Awesome project, likes the video too, music wasn't really my taste but liked the intro and style an awful lot - the lights look great in action. <br><br>Featured!

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