Ok, someone on this forum gave me some sage advice. Each Jedi had to build their own Lightsaber.
DOH! I didn't have to copy ANYONE! I could make my own!
So, here's how it all started. I found a camera lens in the garbage, and I'm going to apologize right away for not taking a picture of it BEFORE I took it apart. I thought I was going to fix it.
But upon dis-assembly, the inner lens was cracked.
So the idea hit upon me to build my own Lightsaber. I completely dis-assembled the lens and started fiddling with how each piece could be spun or fit onto another. Basically I just played around.
For example, this is how I figured the pommel would look.
For the emitter end, I toyed with a knob that I had picked up for a dollar at Ocean State Job Lot. but it really didn't seem to be the solution. So I had some old hard drive bits from drives that I have taken apart. (for security reasons....)
using a drift and a hammer, the drive parts come apart. They're only press fit.
I did sand down the drive motor so it would fit in the same spot as the old lens. Thank goodness for a belt sander!
And then that piece was screwed onto the larger lens piece! OOOooooo we were excited!
That was the end of day 1. I was surprised I slept that night as I couldn't wait to get back and finish it!
as for the pommel end, I ran a screw into the old lens cap to hold the D-ring on. then that got screwed to a secondary piece.