Introduction: Night Light Valuable Holder
Have you ever wanted a place to put your valuables during the night where you can easily find them and access them when needed? If so, then this Night Light Valuable Holder is the perfect option to hold things like your phone, wallet, and even snacks in a place that can be easily identified in low light. This project is fully customizable in which many of these materials can be swapped out to anything that is of your liking.
Step 1: Create the Base of the Holder.
For this first step, you will need to measure out a piece of wood or any material of your choice to the dimensions 6.25" x 7" x 1/8" . Next, you will want to measure out the spots for the 4 posts that will bridge the pieces of acrylic that will create the inner area to put your belongings. When measuring the area for the posts, you will need to measure out 4 boxes with an offset of 5/16" between the boxes and the edge of the base that are 1" x 13/16" and the spaces in between will be the posts will be filled by the acrylic walls. On the other side of the base, you will need to measure on each of the 4 corners of the base a box with the dimensions 3/4" x 3/4".
Step 2: Cut the Posts for the Top and Bottom of the Base.
For the next step, you will need to cut the posts for both sides of the base starting with the top posts. The top posts are made of wood and are cut to the dimensions 1" x 13/16" x 4.5" . After cutting the upper posts, slits will have to be cut on the two sides where the acrylic will be slid into to hold it snug. The bottom posts will be cut to the dimensions 3/4" x 3/4" x 1.75" . Both sets of the posts will be glued to the base with wood glue.
Step 3: Drill Holes for the LEDs
On each side of the base, there will be 3 holes drilled for the LEDs to be held in. There will be two holes drilled on the outer sides to fit 5mm LEDs, and a hole in the middle to hold the 10mm LEDs. For the 5mm LEDs you will need to use a 13/64 drill bit and for the 10mm you will need a 25/64 drill bit. It is preferred to use a drill press to drill the holes as a portable drill will not be completely precise. For marking the 3 holes, the gap in between the two posts on the longer side of the base should be approximately 4.25". The markings for the 3 LEDs on the longer side are evenly spaced and marked one for every 15/16" in order to make 3 evenly spaced markings. The same process is made with the shorter end of the base in which you need to mark one LED for every 7/32" in able to have 3 evenly spaced holes for the LEDs. When drilling the holes for the LEDs, drill the 2 outer marks for the 5mm LEDs with the 13/64 bit, and then the middle mark will be drilled for the 10mm LEDs with the 25/64 bit.
Step 4: Cut the Walls of the Holder.
In this step, you will need to cut the pieces of acrylic for the walls in between the posts that will hold in the contents of the holder. Any type of acrylic can be used for the walls as long as it is cut to the dimensions 4" x 4.25" x 1/8". The acrylic when cut should be able to fit into the slits of the posts which will be made out to be 1/8" wide to be able to fit the walls snug and not wobble when touched. If needed, the walls can be hot-glued in place to keep the walls from moving.
Step 5: (OPTIONAL) 3D Print Wiring Box to Hold Battery.
This step is completely optional but you can make a place to house all of your wiring by 3D printing a box that can hold the battery and any other excess wiring that you might not want exposed. Attached is the file for the box as well as the lid that can be printed through Autodesk inventor.
Step 6: Set Up the Wiring of the Holder
In this step, you will need to start by lying down the copper tape and inserting the LEDs into their sockets on the base. Format the copper tape in the configuration on the above picture in which the outer ring will serve as the negative end of the parallel curcuit and the inner ring as the positive end of the parallel circuit connecting back into the the battery terminal. When placing the copper tape, you can overlap it, however you must connect them by soldering the prices of copper tape together. Once finished placing the copper tape onto the base, you want to cut short the negative ends of each LED so when you bend the prongs to contact the copper tape they do not overlap the negative ring and come in contact with the postive ring. Once the negative ends are snipped to the right length, bend them onto the Negative copper tape and solder them to keep them down. After completing this process for the negative ends, proceed to arching the positive ends of the LEDs onto the positive ring of copper tape. If the positive end comes in contact with the negative end, the circuit will not work, so stick electrical tape under the area where the positive end is going over the negative ring. Next take the battery box that you made earlier and drill a hole of any size so the wires from the battery terminal will be able to be in contact with the circuit. After finishing that part, hot glue or use your preferred method of sticking your circuit box or other form of housing the battery to the base. Once the battery box is secured, take your 9 volt battery terminal and route the two jumper wires through the hole you drilled into it. After that solder the positive jumper wire from the terminal to the end of the positive copper tape ring. After soldering it to the copper tape, take the negative jumper wire and solder it to one of the ends of the switch you are using. After that, take another jumper wire and solder it to the middle of the switch and solder the other end of the wire onto one end of the resistor you are using. After that part, just solder the final end of the resistor to the negative ring of the copper tape. Once that final part is done the circuit should be completed and you are ready to test it. If there are any problems with the circuit go through these steps and troubleshoot with a volt meter. Once the circuit is finalized, you can hot glue the switch to the base to wherever you feel convenient.
Step 7: All Done!
You're all done! Enjoy your new night light valuable holder. You can add anything else you would like to this design after this point. Thank you for viewing my instructable