Lightsaber from trash! (and less than $20.00 worth of hardware)

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Cool! :D something u can do is add a small switch and bulb in it to make the lights and if you had some really thin plastic you could make an extending blade. still looks great.

ademouy4 months ago
I don't understand, what makes it light up like that?
monkeywork (author)  ademouy4 months ago
The Force. (of Photoshop.)
jgderuvo1 year ago
Nice project. Great detail. Just wish your tutorial was more clear.
monkeywork (author)  jgderuvo1 year ago
How so? If you have any questions on any of the steps, I'll gladly go into more detail.

I didn't intend to gloss over anything, help me clarify.

jakobus91 year ago
I like it :D
monkeywork (author)  jakobus91 year ago
Thank you! It came out really well and inspired me to make more prop pieces from scrap objects.
Nice job, using the drawer mat for the grip was inspired and really makes it look professional.
monkeywork (author)  Covert Koala1 year ago
Initially I was going to use the ribbed side and cut strips like Luke's lightsaber, but when I flipped the material over and saw the pattern... I was hooked.
MaskMarvl1 year ago
Cool... :D
darman121 year ago
Sweet! Now I have a use for some of the hard drives I cannibalized...thanks :)
Advar1 year ago
"The Force is strong with this one!"
-Darth Vader
monkeywork (author)  Advar1 year ago
and now my Raygun is complete... I have my shield, lightsaber, and now raygun, I should be ready for the zombies.

wsetzer1 year ago
Great 'ible, but a parts list in step one would be nice. Just to give a general idea of what is possible to be used.
monkeywork (author)  wsetzer1 year ago
Sure thing!

1. old camera lens
2. 8" chrome plumbing pipe extension
3. indicator lamp
4. film canister
5. assorted screws
6. mirror hanging hardware or D-ring
7. rivets
8. bit of rubber mat for a grip
9. old hard drive motor
10. imagination!

Number 10 is the most important. I basically look around at stuff people throw away and my brain clicks over into sculpture mode. What can I make out of that!? Right now I'm building a Raygun over at and once it's done, I'll create an instructable about that as well. There's a lot of cool stuff hidden inside an old printer, or oscilloscope... take things apart, fiddle with them, build cool stuff! :)
Thank you!
Some say "Imitation is the sincerest form of Flattery" but I think Inspiration is much more important. You took an original idea, used yourown skills and creativity to make something that is inspired by someone else but still uniquely YOURS. Well done indeed, and congratulations on documenting the process to share with the rest of us too.
monkeywork (author)  Dream Dragon1 year ago
Thank you very much! My projects are usually inspired by finding something that someone else has discarded and seeing the possibilities.

I can't wait to see what I find next... (I have an old oscilloscope with tubes and cool knobs that was on the curbside.) We'll see...
Good job padiwan.
-Obi Wan
Nice! Does it make a suitable "Vrrrrrrtz" sound when waved about?
monkeywork (author)  BrianHuntley1 year ago
so far behind closed doors I've made all sorts of Vrrrrrtz sound effects! There's enough room inside it, and it's easily taken apart, that I could get a toy lightsaber with all the electronics and stuff it inside to get the noises. But for now it will remain a static hero prop to be properly displayed in my studio. (next to my Captain America WWII shield)
I think some sort of warning about the inherent dangers of light sabers is in order. I have LITERALLY seen one of these take a dude's arm off.

Otherwise, this is an AWESOME instructable!
do not stare into lightsaber with remaining eye... fair warning.

Thank you!
Xolin1 year ago
A good job you have done; great skills do you have.
monkeywork (author)  Xolin1 year ago
an honor it is
That lightsaber is pretty amazing! I can't believe that you were able to create it with trash :)
Kiteman1 year ago
Well done, youngling!

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