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This LED nightlight features a star pattern and it lights up a dark room in a magical way. I used ipe for the wood, however any dark wood, or painted MDF for example would work well. This is a really fun project and would be great as an accent light in a room, in the middle of a table, or as a night light in the bedroom.

Step 1: Cut the Wood

I started with setting up the blade on the table saw to the right angle, and I'm using this angle gauge to mesaure it correctly. Now a circle has 360 degrees, and I'm using 6 pieces, so divided by 6, we have 60. However to find the one side of the 60 degree angle, we divide in two, and it comes to 30. So here I'm cutting this thin piece of ipe I had left over from a different project, and giving it a 30 degree angle on both sides. Then I cut it in six pieces on the miter saw.

So I got in the shop, and figured I should test it out, so using some masking tape here, and that worked perfectly.

<p>Can you share a source for the led strips and the power supply?</p><p>Thanks,</p>
I added info about the products to the video description. Thanks for watching!
<p>Nice video and description. I would make this. Thanks!</p>
<p>I've guestimated your number of LEDs &amp; measured a set of three sets of three LEDs at 0.05A so a set of six sets would be about 100 mA or 0.1A and with four sides each side using 2 strips of 18 LEDs (6 sets of three LEDs) that's 800 mA, so the approximate power being used for the beautiful night light is 0.80 * 12.0 = 9.6W.<br><br>Now, I've made a very bright night light using only 5 LEDs at much lower wattage. On the other hand, it's made out of an old wall wart case &amp; five drilled holes and directly connects to the AC with a home built AC-DC power supply of ~ 15V. This calculates as 15V * 0.02mA = 0.3W or only ~ 3% of the power used for your night light.<br><br>While mine does the job, and very brightly I might add, it in no way compares to the beauty of yours.<br><br>Thank-you for a very fine Instrucatable and piece of functional art!</p>
<p>What about cooling leds? Do you underpower them? I would prefer aluminum pipe to stick led strips onto. Excellent woodwork.</p>
<p>Hi Linn just found you on instructables very nice design and build also as an adult woodworking teacher I feel your step by step clear instructions are very well done.This project is also a great learning tool for newer woodworkings.A+</p>
<p>Que gran idea!!!</p>
<p>We are looking at making 40 of these for a hands on project for a &quot;Hack for Her&quot; summer camp. </p>
A nice idea, so i started to build two with my children .
<p>Clean Design</p>
I had to make one. Thanks for a cool idea =)
Excellent work! Congrats
<p>G&eacute;nial</p><p><br></p>
<p>Brava! Well done presentation, job, and what a great workshop you have! Very impressive. I'm struggling just to make simple frames. </p><p>I'm a fan!</p>
<p>Artful and meticulous work! Bravo! Wish I had the tools to make it :)</p>
Cool beans I really like it.
<p>Nice! You might get more light out of it (or need less LEDs for the same effect) if you paint the inside silver or white or something. </p>
<p>Brilliant! I like how well thought out every bit of it is, from the clever wood working design to the robust LED-solution. Pro stuff indeed, sjukt bra jobbat!</p>
<p>I like the work with wood and leds its make me delight .... ^_^ ^_^</p>
Very beautiful and I couldn't help thinking what s blessing it is that you have had obviously years of training in shop work and woodworking, as well as access to such a nice facility! Those machines are not cheap. I remember my dad agonizing over which table saw or press or whatever to buy next, with our limited funds (he did piano and organ repair, refinishing etc.). Also when I went to high school in the 70's, girls were not allowed to take shop - they scheduled it at same time as home economics, so &quot;girls go to home ec, the boys go to shop class&quot;. Kinda of a dumb outlook on life, as there are so many men who are talented cooks and dress designers as well as women who build woodworks and electronics and all of that. <br><br>So thanks for sharing, and oh well, the materials and tools I have access to, my LED lamp may just be a tiny battery operated LED &quot;csndle&quot; tea light inside of a tin can with starburst holes drilled in and then spray painted with a glossy sky blue color!! ?
<p>lay a star map over wood and drill through stars for actual starry night ... use different drill bits for different size stars. you can add comet or galaxy too.</p>
<p>Great project! I think next steps of RGB LEDS, dimming capability, and maybe a rotating base would be cool. One recommendation: it is safer to use the switch to interrupt the positive power wire -- that way the unit is always grounded. :)</p>
<p>Very nicely done! Can you tell me what software you use for videos?</p>
<p>I am not sure what she uses, but the app Explain Everything is a good start</p>
<p>This is gorgeous! Great instructions too - very easy to follow. </p>
Very nice. I love the wood you used and the shape is fantastic. I have been playing around with some arduino boards and making some LED displays that look like lightning and other color changing and flashing displays. I might try to build your project and add some RGB LEDs.
<p>Very creative and nicely done :)</p>
<p>Very creative and nicely done :)</p>
<p>Beautiful lamp! It does look magical, I agree.</p>
<p>You make the absolute coolest stuff. I love this.</p>
<p>Very beautiful! Excellent Instructable!</p><p>In Step 6 Electronics, you are using a plug-in 12 DC power supply that plugs into the wall? Just wanted to be sure I understand correctly. Then it has a cable with a DC plug that fits into the jack on the lamp?</p><p>Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>very nice.</p>
<p>This is amazing well done. </p>
that's inspirational, fantastic work.
<p>You have really nice work</p>
<p>wow it's amazing</p>
This is beautiful! I love it and great job on the Instructables, very nice work
<p>that looks fantastic!! great Job!!</p>
<p>Awesome work!</p>

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