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Make a Custom Night Light

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Tired of the same old boring light nights? Looking for something to spruce up the night? Make yourself a custom night light! 

Things you will need:

A TechShop Membership
1/8 piece of wood (your choice)
1/8 piece of white acrylic
A LED night light.
Super Glue
Sand paper
Wood finsh

 
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Step 1: Prepare your files for the laser cutter.

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The first thing that you want to do is figure out what you want your night light to look like! The one that I have pictured here I decided to do the state of Michigan. There are two shapes that you will need. The cut out shape ( michigan ) and the outlining shape (the square around michigan) These shapes should be vector with the stroke of .003, this is to tell the laser cutter that you want to cut through the material. 


Step 2: Cut out your materials!

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The first cut will be with both shapes. This cut will be done on the wood.

The second cut will be done on the acrylic material, this cut will just be the outline so the end product is rectangles the same size as the rectangle of with the shape cut into it.

Step 3: Sand and finish wood

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This next step is a little messy, but don't worry, It's a fun one! 

At this point you will need to get out your sand paper and your wood finish. Use a fine grain sand paper and sand the surface of your wood. wipe away the dust. Then apply your wood finish. I used a beeswax on mine, which you apply, wait twenty minutes and wipe off. This part is fun because it makes the wood look beautiful! 

Step 4: Glue your pieces together!

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Get out your super glue! Glue the wood to the acrylic. And let dry. 

Step 5: Attach your cutout to your night light!

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This point its time to put all our peices together! 

Glue your cut out to your night light

Step 6: Plug it in!

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Plug it and and light up the night! :) 
corradini2 years ago
Having just been through the TechShop course, I'm spotting one no-no in your illustration:

You want to have a piece of sacrificial material under the wood you're cutting through, otherwise you're hitting the support screen with the laser, which they tell you is a Bad Thing... (Almost as evil as using AutoFocus.)

(Yes, I get from the pic that you've already cut the pieces and just put them back for illustration, and it's a better picture that way -- just thought it deserved a mention... ;-)
stulk422 years ago
Thanks for including the UP in your Michigan. You'd be surprised how many people don't extend the courtesy :)
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