The lighting module is re-used from a solar pathway light, the frame is made from 5mm (~1/4") Luan plywood that I had left over from a cabinet project and the translucent panels are remnants of plexiglass dating back to an even older cabinet project.
Pathway lights have an amazing collection of parts and the cost is really low. If you tried to buy all the parts individually, you would end up paying significantly more for the solar cell, rechargeable battery, LED and charge controller components.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
- For supplies, a 16" x 16" Luan plywood board was ripped down for the framing components and end caps.
- Elmer wood glue for keeping it all together
- Solar Pathway Light
- Measuring devices (measuring tape, long ruler etc... anything that you are comfortable using.
- Blue painters tape to hold stuff together while glue dries
- 0.5" wood chisel and hammer.
- 3/4" Spade bit and electric drill
- Mitre Saw for cutting the strips to length
- Table Saw for ripping the sheet of ply into strips and for top and bottom panels
- Soldering Iron for adding the relay to enable/disable the lamp
- Magnetic Relay and magnet - Cherry MP201801 or any other magnetic relay
- Welder contact adhesive to glue the translucent panels in place
- 1/16" Plexiglass for translucent panels