Step 1: Tools & Materials


-PVC cutter
-soldering set-up (you can probably get by without this, but it'll make the electronics section way easier.)


- 1.25" diameter PVC or larger, roughly 8 - 12 inches (any length that's comfortable.)
- push on push off button, or switch
- battery pack (between 2 - 4 AA batteries)


- silver spray paint
- bike inner tubes
- small motor (for making vibrations in the handle, and thus the awesome lightsaber sound effects!)


- polycarbonate tube. The outer diameter should be at least .75" and less than the inner diameter of the handle. Should be roughly 2.5 ft. long, scaled to size of future Jedi.

- 25 to 35 LEDs of desired color

- solid wire (22 gauge).

Total length = length of handle + length of blade + 3 inches

Notes on using different materials:

There are lots of different materials that can make this project work!

For handles, any tubular material of the right length and comfortable thickness will work. One padawan at camp used a handle from a scooter and it worked great. We also figured that tennis racket handles could work, and that we could make handles out of clay if we needed to, but we never tried these out.

For blades, opaque is better than clear because the light
must be diffused. So, basically any long, light, and stiff material that allows light through would work well for a blade.
<p>I used an electroluminecent tape (red) to make the lightsaber</p>
<p>please tell me how do you solder the wires to the battery? with what? thanks</p>
<p>How durable are the blades? I've been thinking of making one for my 7 year old nephew but I know he will start swinging/smacking it around - don't want it to brake after the first swing.</p>
<p>Does it have the &quot;Power-up&quot; effect? since it uses many LEDs</p>
<p>My brother sent me this link yesterday and asked me to make one for my nephew. Was able to whip one up this weekend. I used a 3/4&quot; PVC compression coupling and 3/4&quot; PVC slide coupling from Home Depot ($7) for the handle. As in this instructable, polycarbonate tubing from Tap Plastics for the &quot;blade&quot; ($7.50 for 6ft). I had some 3 watt RGB LEDs and just wired up the blue elements through a 10 ohm, 5 watt resistor for current restriction to a 9 volt battery. With 12 LEDs, it pulls 450mA, so a 9 volt will only last ~30 minutes, but I made it easy to change out by unscrewing the bottom cap. Going to make another for my daughter but wire all elements so she can change what color it is. Total parts cost if I had to buy everything would be $20-25.</p><p>Thanks for the instructable!</p>
If you paint the LEDs black with some spray paint, it will diffuse them and it will distribute the light emitted from the LEDs better.
<p>sanding the LEDs themselves will work really well to diffuse them too! (and you won't lose light due to paint!)</p>
If you do not COMPLETELY cover it, but only finely spray them, they will defuse the light better. It came as a surprise for me, too.
I'd have figured white, I'll be damned.
Were Can i found a polycarbonate tube?
hi brother you have an awesome project.can you pls tellme what kind of battery do you use?
<p>I wonder if you could use the force? <br></p><p>http://batteries.factoryoutletstore.com/category/f...</p>
<p>hello guys and girls can y4ou all give me some good and awsome tips on buliding a light sabour</p>
So awesome!!!<br/>
Do you need to use resistors for this?
when you were making the LEDs did you uses a resistor? and if you did what resister did you use?
<strong>where can we buy clear polycarbonite tubes, exept for the site http//:polyzone.com</strong>
<a href="http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/" rel="nofollow">www.thecustomsabershop.com/</a>&nbsp;
I'm frm sri lanka. And my parents really don not like internet shopping for some reason. I did make a light saber and it did turn out really good. I got this transparent tube from a shop called shanti plastics in mountlavania and use sand paper on it.
hey! my mom is sri lankan! (and thus I'm half sri lankan.) i've been to mount lavinia. how neat! will you send me a picture of you with your lightsaber? i bet my mom would get a kick out of it. mpnagle at gmail dot com if you do want to. thanks!
srry my brother broke it. As i told i took a plastic clear tube,( it was around 2m long so i cut it) from shathi plastics. Check out http://www.shanthiplastic.com/. They i scarped it with sand paper. Then i took a pvc tube, cut it to the lenght i needed and i covered it in blue tape (also frm shanthi plastic) . then did the circuit and stuff and it works
hey , perfect excuse to get that clear tube and cellophane!
try a clear tube, then roll up cellophane until it looks silver then put it in the tube,not glad wrap, that thin sticky stuff, but the thicker stuff that people use to decorate. Use clear or that pearl colored clear I think its called iridescent or opalescent.. Trust me, it beats the Hell out of sandpaper.
Petsmart in the fish section. They are usually tucked in the corner on the shelf with the pumps and hoses. Home Depot in the lighting department, they are used to protect those long florescent lights(not the strongest tubes,but ehh,if ll else fails. And most importantly Ultrasabers.com. You can buy a ready made blade that is just the right width and length and light diffusing properties. They go for about 30 bucks. But consider this. THe gas you will burn going to these different places,plus the items themselves;how much more is 30 bucks really? Now, the lightsabers are expensive as hell, but I think you can get one with no sound for less than 100 bucks and if you pick the right color, they're so bright they look real(as far as real goes concerning lightsabers). They do look good I bought a Bellicose Saber,red blade, flash on clash(it flashes silver when you lock sabers or hit sabers,looks cool) and sound that can be reprogrammed via usb cable plus expedited shipping. All the bells and whistles are extra, when all was said and done it was 300 bucks,but worth it. save up your money, don't burn it experimenting with diy projects that end up looking like a prison shank with Christmas lights, I know, I did it. Became obsessed, gave up said F*** it got online found ultrasabers,saved my money and got one. <br>
i can use this for my melvin and florence lightsaber battles!!!!! <br> <br> <br>GO YGOTAS
NASA studies have shown evidence that specific frequencies of light are responsible for growth in plants. NASA was maximizing the growth while minimizing their electrical use. In fact, many commercial growers are using this fact to save $ on their businesses. We'll go over the specific frequencies, where you can buy ready-made, how to make your own http://www.saberforge.com/
NASA studies have shown evidence that specific frequencies of light are responsible for growth in plants. NASA was maximizing the growth while minimizing their electrical use. In fact, many commercial growers are using this fact to save $ on their businesses. We'll go over the specific frequencies, where you can buy ready-made, how to make your own/
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If my knowledge of a teenager is correct, it is possible to build a deadly (sorry, but it is true, is this not about the most famous deadly Star Wars weapon?) Lightsaber. First, in the handle, you need a laser pointer, a series of magnification glasses, then a tube that leads to a pole with copper wire inside and outside for the light to travel to and spreads around the pole.
this would look great with a rgb led strip in it connected to a switch that could pick a color or even, with the help of a microcrontroller, fade through difffrent colours
Picked up a toy lightsaber today at Reverse Garbage, its not a legit branded one or anything, just a rip off. Although, I opened it up and inside the saber blade (which is made of translucent plastic like yours) is some kind of foam tubing shaped like an 'O', possibly foam gap filler rod. It helps diffuse the light a lot and probably protects the LEDs too. Love the motor idea!
i 1+ this.
Have you seen these: http://bigyellowbox.tripod.com/<br>Or this: http://www.slothfurnace.com/sabers/ROTJLuke_01.html<br><br>The first got me into making stuff in the first place back in the early 2000s, and that second one I just found the other day. There's a huge Star Wars fanfilm community online (check out TheForce.net/fanfilms). All of it's pretty inspiring.
where can i find polycarbonate tubes?
Any home improvement store, all the big boxers have them.<br>Ask for florescent light sleeves. They come in 48' Lengths, 1 1/2&quot; diameter. They cost between $3 to $4 each.
A store called, &quot;Tap Plastics&quot; carries them. For about $1.10 a linear foot.
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cara ao inves de usar pilhas voce poderia usar uma raquete mata mosquitos a imagen ficol muito ruin eu sei e que usando o cabo da raquete fica muito mais facil porque ja ten o botao de liga e desliga ,baterias e plugi para recarga
i think that is so cool
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This looks like a fantastic light saber to build! I have some friends whose kids spend hours making armor and weapons out of cardboard and duct tape. Though the mom may grimace a bit at adding light sabers to her <a href="http://www.teresaselitemerchandise.net">home decor items</a> they really are a great addition for the kids to play with and making them will certainly be educational.
i got some EL wire from crazypc.com for like under 30 bucks (shipping and battery adapter included) and it worked great! (if anyone wants to kno)
How strong should the led's be?<br>Is like a 3900 mcd good? or would lower mcd ones work as good also?<br>Thanks!
its probably a better idea to use a soldering iron to melt through the PVC
but it would smell really bad!
toxic fumes....
&nbsp;it's all good.
as my father used to say: &quot;It's all fun and games, until someone loses an eye.&quot; or in this case&quot; It's all fun and games until someone breathes in toxic fumes.

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