Introduction: 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).

Step 1: Lightsaber Head - Blade Length Adjustment Ring

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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

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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

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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

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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.)

Step 5: Connect Handle and Head

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This is the hardest part. Slide the pop-up basin drain into the extension tube. You’ll need to feed the slip joint washers into the tube because the fit will be tight. After you get the first one in, press down until the next one is lined up and get that fed in. Be careful to work it so the two tubes aren't crooked to each other. Then get over the thing and push…agin be careful, before you push, to make sure all the rubber is inside the tube or the hilt will be crooked. I found that if I worked the last little bit of the second gasket on the opposite side of that which I worked the last part of the first gasket, it ensured a straight line up of the two tubes. Also, if you are using the plastic pop-up drain, be careful not to break it. I was able to put a fair amount of pressure on it though.

Step 6: Optional Items

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Insert something red into the ball value on the pop-up basin drain and replace the nut as a button, just use the nut as the on/off button or remove it altogether.

Instead of the disposal gaskets, you could wrap the hilt with leather or cord to give it a multi-medium kind of feel. Or just leave it plain chrome.

Also, as pictured, if you have a spare hard drive or CD ROM drive lying around, you can take out the spindle hub and use it as the emitter on the business end of the sabre.

Step 7: The Battle

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Unknown to me, my kids had some Adegan/Ilum crystals and inserted them into the blade matrix when I wasn't looking. I was able to snap this image before breaking it up. It's all fun and games until someone loses an arm. (please note: the blades in this image are photoshopped. technology hasn't come that far.)


GavinEllis made it! (author)2017-03-27

Made this a year and half ago. It turned out great. Pretty happy with the way it turned out, and people who have seen it have all been impressed (except for the contractor I ran into who wondered why I was carrying a sink drain around, oh well). Thanks.

rknutson (author)2016-12-30

could you make a list of all the items and where you got them, or at least what they are.

IanBothamCricket (author)2016-10-18

Very cool! What do you use for a blade?

Nothing. I just made a really neat flashlight basically.

? it's a cool one for sure

silvertiger1981 (author)2012-01-01

My latest work. Many thanks to you getting me hooked on this!

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 bought an LED flashlight that fit quite nicely into the tubing.

neat!! what did you make those thermogenerator cooling fins out of?

I'm pretty sure you're either talking about the grip or the emitter. The grip is windshield wiper blades cut up; the ring on the emitter is a bearing ring with cylinder bearings that represent electrodes that are used to emit plasma.

so you got hocked on making lightsaber hilts cool! I am making one for my costplay outfit for Star Wars 7 I am starting my project a year, four mouths, and 14 days ahead. Wish me luck

MohgH (author)2016-09-23

Thanks for this! I found this last year (Halloween 2015) and made my first sink-tube saber. All the parts were from Lowes or Home Depot, except the rubber washers for the grip (more than $1 at HD, but only about $0.05 at a local hardware store!). I bought the plastic sink drain for about $25, and was able to file down the inside of the "button holder" so a standard doorbell button fit inside! I was then able to scavenge the electronics from a cheap lightsaber toy for a bit of sound. :-) Waiting to try and upgrade to better sound from a nicer toy this year, and maybe find some clear PVC or polycarbonate tubing - they don't sell it an any store near me, but I might get lucky!

JamesW263 made it! (author)2016-08-28

Just got done

jdavis163 (author)2016-08-13

Love the photoshopped pic. I want to build one so I can do pics like that!!

randyh51 (author)2016-06-11

I epoxy'd the appropriate threading lug nut inside where an emitter would go, shortened the design a little, painted it, and made a pretty sweet shift knob. The plastic ones were definitely cheaper, bit i like the feel and weight of the metal, especially on a shifter.

Montifer made it! (author)2016-05-29

I made a couple of these for a convention I'll be going to soon. I had just about given up on having lightsabers to go with my costume until I found this tutorial! Awesome job! I never would have thought of using these materials but it works really well!

RobA33 made it! (author)2016-04-28

I took this idea and modified it a little for my son's birthday party. We needed a pinata buster, and it was a Star Wars theme party. The handle isn't very elaborate. I bought a plastic drain instead of metal, and jammed a wood dowel with duct tape wrapped around the base for a snug fit. I secured the whole thing with a few wood screws, and painted it neon green. We also had a pool noodle lightsaber fight, for which I made a stand out of a 4x4 and some dowels.

ElisabethH3 made it! (author)2015-10-28

Great tutorial. I made mine for around $20. I found that a plastic chapstick lid fit perfectly inside the valve thing to form a cool button. For the "emitter" I picked up a swivel faucet aerator at walmart for $3. I will be changing the grips now that I know how this all works!!!

Pathless1 (author)ElisabethH32016-04-23

Hi there! do you have the instructions, and parts list that you used for your $20.00 saber. Yours looks awesome. Please and thank you.


JeffL70 (author)2016-01-24

The next page link is being funky for me too. Try this:

Donna2122 (author)2016-01-20

For some reason when I hit next the page won't open. I'm trying to build this. Can someone please help me with instructions? Thank you

cdog557 (author)2016-01-06

I just got one question, can I put a real clear PVC pipe with a LED flashlight on top. If I can how, if I can't what do I cut to fit one in. Thanks for the idea, I really am looking forward for build.

Squashpsu (author)2015-12-31

Could anyone out there let me know how they secured there PVC and theee suggestions on installing LED lights or a LED flashlight into the hilt??

To secure the PVC (Or Dowel Rods if you want them to hold up better in dueling) there is a YouTube video that explains how to put in a non-electronic blade. (Blade installation starts at 3 min. and 30 sec.) As for making the blade light up, your best bet would probably be a to take a flashlight apart, putting the guts actually INTO the blade, and wiring a button to the outside. Or possibly an LED strip wired to a battery holder. If you use clear pipe, you should sand and steel wool it down to make it translucent so that light will be distrubuted evenly, and also plug the end with a hot glue gun.

wasomeman made it! (author)2015-12-27

Great instructable! I enjoyed making this very much I'm going to the store tomorrow to get some clear PVC and a LED flash light!

MarcusP17 made it! (author)2015-12-13

Half done. Making as a gift.

JakeP15 (author)2015-12-12

Awesome-sauce, made mine as a gift and now I don't want to give it up!

MaskMarvl made it! (author)2015-11-14

Great Instructable, thanks!

Here's my version with interchangeable tips and a mini LED flashlight inside... :D

mreigart jr. made it! (author)2015-09-22

Good Instructable, here's my first one. I plan on making some variants soon

jrise made it! (author)2015-09-07

Great instructible!!!

Bmcdeez (author)2015-08-31

Thanks for the idea. Got mine built for about $20 and some odds and ends found in the garage.

JoleneH1 (author)2015-08-19

monkeywork (author)2015-08-07

Nice job!

RogerD6 (author)2015-06-07

Is there a way to print this out ?

clomatical made it! (author)2015-05-03

thanks for this! it was easy to make as soon as we figured out the exact measurements we needed to pick up! we couldn't find any black grip pieces for the outside, so we used some washers and covered them with black electrical tape. perfect in the pinch for my last minute Star Wars day costume! May the 4th be with you!

LiamBlackrose made it! (author)2015-03-15

made a few variations. Thanks for the tutorial. Here are some sample shots.

marcela.m.taylor.5 (author)2015-03-08

i didn't get the part where you inserted the blades. could you please tell me/us how did you do it ?thanks in advance

jhollon1 made it! (author)2015-01-28

awesome project thanks a ton

victorsvi (author)2014-10-28

$33 in 33 minutes? HL3 CONFIRMED!!!

jo'toole1 (author)2014-04-25

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

jo'toole1 (author)2014-04-25

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

jo'toole1 (author)2014-04-25

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

krellous darkone (author)2014-04-08

got some of this done but still getting parts

krellous darkone (author)2014-04-08

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

krellous darkone (author)2014-04-07

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

Bennions89 (author)2010-10-11

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!)

CameronSlygar (author)Bennions892010-10-12

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.

gvandg (author)CameronSlygar2014-03-30

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.

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