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Lightsaber for $33 in 33 minutes

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Use this easy step by step instruction on putting the parts together to build your own lightsaber unit. It requires no soldering, gluing or anything other than the following parts and everything is in the plumbing area of Home Depot: Pop-up Basin Drain (1), Drain extension tube with threads and slip nut (1), Slip nut and washer (1), 1 1/4" Disposal gasket (6), 1 1/4" Slip joint washer (6), Faucet hole cover (1).
 
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Step 1: Lightsaber Head - Blade length adjustment ring

Put aside the drain cap, rods and brackets on the Pop-up basin drain. You can use them for other projects, but you don???t need them here. Slide the washer from the slip nut and washer set onto the pop-up basin drain until it is against the ball valve.

Step 2: Butt and Handle

Unscrew the slip nut from the extension tube, remove and put aside the “wing nut” on the faucet hole cover and insert the faucet hole cover into the threaded end of the extension tube. Replace and tighten the slip nut. You may have to put the faucet hole cover into the slip nut first and then fit it onto the extension tube to make it easier.

Step 3: Preparing Head for Connection to Handle

Slide two slip joint washers over pop-up basin drain on the long end.and put them about 1-2 inches apart.

Step 4: Adding the grip on the handle

Alternating, slide a disposal gasket over the non-threaded end of the extension tube, then slide a slip joint washer. Repeat this 5 more times. You can very this depending on how much of a grip you want relative to the grooves in the grip. You may need more (more of a black fully covered grip) or less (more chrome showing through if you space them apart.)
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jo'toole13 months ago

just finished making one turned out awesome any tips on how to attach a blade though?

jo'toole13 months ago

just finished making this turned out great how would you add a blade to it though...

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jo'toole13 months ago

used leather to wrap a handle but ended up working great... thanks

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got some of this done but still getting parts

also where the heck am i to find the parts for the grip i've went to lowes and they don't have those parts is there a way to make ur grips from other types of rubber stoppers or something else

so i gotta ask this could u tell us each name of the part so we dont get wrong sizes or the wrong parts? it be much apreceated i want to have one on my backpack for the rest of my life trying to get my brother to make his out of plastic tubing for sinks and stuff

Bennions893 years ago
I always wondered what would happen it you dropped a light saber blade down what would happen? Would it go thru The Earth? (love the pic by the way!)
Nothing, sabers are designed to deactivate if dropped. :) You have to use the Force to keep the blade engaged if you plan to throw it.

Some sabers have pressure sensors to turn off the blade while not held.

how did you know that?
Long time Star Wars geek. :)
If you want easy reference.... just watch the movies. When a jedi or sith goes down, their saber deactivates before hitting the ground. The arena battle in Revenge of the Sith is a good example of that. In Return, Vader force throws his at Luke in the throne room battle.
The lightsabers only deactivate when dropped if the person that designed it wanted them to do so.
Star wars is amazing!!! Long Live The Geeks!!!
Oh cool if you want to know more check out a book called

Star wars lightsabers a guide of weapons of the force

I have it its reall ycool it has specs of all good lightsabers.
I READ THE SAME BOOK NOT THAT LONG AGO!!!!
Isnt it awesome but it doesnt have kyle katarns saber
From one geek to another, that's not necessarily true. Some Jedi/Sith built their sabers with dual activation in which they could use the button as a momentary switch (as you suggest), or you could double-click the button to keep the blade on.
If you kept it activated while it was falling the collar around the emitter would keep it from going through the ground.
kinomion6 months ago

what size should the pop-up basin drain and the extension tube be

Johnt0078719 months ago
Thanks for this! I just made my own using similar parts from HD. It can be seen here. I credited you for inspiring me.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Metal-Lightsaber-on-a-budget/
DrHoppe1 year ago
Is there any chance you have the part numbers or SKU numbers for the different parts? I was at Home Depot picking up some gaskets for a leaky drain and thought I would pick up the parts for this project but even showing the Home Depot guy the list, we could not find everything.
the technology hasn't come this far yet.
Derek Vigil2 years ago
Where do I put the crystal? I have all the parts but where?
Bas2 years ago
Hello I've read your instructable and found it very helpful. We don't have those parts here so it's quite impossible for me to try it out but I have a very important question. You mentioned that your kids had some Adegan/Ilum crystals. I had to go through that sentence a few times. My question is, how can you have kids when you're a virgin? Mindblowing!
mikeEinsein2 years ago
Duuuuuude, I had this idea YEARS ago............curse you and your uploadable photos
My latest work. Many thanks to you getting me hooked on this!

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can you please explain in detail how you got a light to shine through? because i am thinking of putting a modified flashlight in it, but yours looks so seemless. thanks

I made one of these in my latest video. You can check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9EvjRsc58w

Thanks for the instructions! Love the site.
ch52 years ago
Sweet build :)

When I was a kid, we rolled the colored plastic sheets used to protect schoolbooks into blades, and taped them on the top of small maglites.
It wasn't solid enough for a "real" battle, but stiff enough to play around.
If we managed the tighteness right on the roll, we could even make the blades "pop up" with a flick of the wrist :)

Asyryx3 years ago
any one know how the 'climbing' effect can be achieved when 'igniting' the blade?
dcael3 years ago
Finished! Thanks for this great piece.

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Biggsy3 years ago
Gorramn it, I have just sent a sink to the tip that had a similar plug hole type!... Great work on the I'ble... :D
jimjam416 years ago
Thanks for the Instructable. Here is mine, I used two assemblies toget the two rings near the emitter,gorillatape and aluminum tape for the grip. It also has a laser inside it. Jim
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Hey i would like instrucions on the laser part
Hey that one looks like Kyle Katarn's from Jedi academy
you' my friend, made a wonderful invention... i just made it and it only took 5 minutes
psuddeth7 years ago
A third ring, with all evenly spaced along the shaft of the pipe (about 2 inches apart from each other) will overcome the potential misalignment problem, in step 5.
tried three with 1.5 and it worked out fairly well
And when you are really bored and over with the whole Star Wars thing, you can attach a hose to one end and be a fire fighter. WEEEE!!!
foxpan3 years ago
good intsructable! i only spent $15 making mine. and i used some spare fabric i had laying around for the handle.
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