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A Return Of The Jedi Luke Saber, with crystal chamber, thin neck, and detachable blade.  Normally this kind of thing takes me about 4 to 6 months, this one took four, as I was under a deadline for Christmas.  This instructable was written based on my step by step photodocumentary at  http://www.slothfurnace.com .  You can see more prop builds and more description there.

Step 1: Initial Sketch

My initial sketch of the project, I *think* I can get it all in there.  This will have a springloaded expandable crystal chamber reveal, and a detachable blade.  As well as a thin neck, and as close to "movie accurate" dimensions as I can get.  I usually start with a sketch, trying to visualize all the parts I will need to machine, the way they go together, the way they will move or work, etc.  The challenge of these projects is to "hide my work" within the confines of the original dimensions of the prop.  I will use the ribbed pommel as my chamber release knob, and attempt to hide the rest of the details inside the saber.
<p>Do you have a part number/link for the green triangular LED that you used for the activation box? I've got some Sharp GL9PR53 leds for the red but can't find a matching green one.</p>
<p>can i buy it off you or 60 dollars in nz it costs 100000 dollars</p>
<p>Hi JahdystW, </p><p>Sorry, this saber is not for sale. However, if it were, I think 60 USD would be a bit low for my time and materials. <br><br>Thanks!</p>
<p>hey could i pleas buy this of you for my sons birthday he really loves star wars and a saber like this costs 10,29,9 dollars.</p>
<p>very nice looks real</p>
I assume you do not use this very much anymore, however on the off chance that you are still active,would these be available to buy? I would love to do something like this although I lack the required time,skill and resources to create anything like this.so yeah ,cheers!
<p>Hi there,<br>Sorry, I don't have any of these available to buy, I only do these on a commission basis, and my workbench is pretty booked up at this time. Thanks much for the interest though!<br>-Brad</p>
<p>Are you selling any? I'm afraid I don't have the necessary tools at the moment.</p><p>Google Translate: Verkaufen Sie &uuml;berhaupt? Ich f&uuml;rchte, ich glaube nicht, im Moment haben die notwendigen Werkzeuge.</p>
cool
could I possibly put alittle bit of blue and a little bit of yellow In between the green
I would just put a laser pointer behind the crystal, and put a telescoping, very solid!, tube with something at the top so that i could whack stuff with it.
Great tutorial! I'm currently following along to make a custom orange saber. May I ask what power source you used to power the string for testing? What voltage did you use?
that is awesom!!! 1 question how did you make the crystal??
I'm assuming the wiring for the LED strip goes through the sound board. What are the LED output specs of the sound board? Did you put any resistors on the LEDs? It seems they are wired in parallel, did you use only 1 resistor?
This is a great tutorial! but for those that dont know, the starwars light sabres in the first three movies where build from the Graflex 3 cell camera flash handles. (the ones made in the 40's that used replaceable bulbs after each picture was taken)<br><br>Ref: http://www.light-sabers.net/lightsaber-luke-props-origin01.html<br><br>but awesome tute dude!
Actually, Luke's sabers from New Hope and ESB were graflex flash gun handles. The Vader sabers from ANH and ESB were made from an MPP Flashgun, and Obi Wan's was made from a demilled WW1 british rifle grenade, an interconnect from a derwent jet engine, a graflex flash clamp, two unknown motorola military transistors, a machine gun muzzle booster from an ANM2 30 cal, and an armitage shanks sink knob. Also whatever mysterious hardware that was used to combine all those parts together. <br> <br>The Return of the Jedi sabers were cobbled together from the sabers from the previous movies, or completely made from scratch. <br> <br>I wish I had the prop guy's job back in the day, I bet that was lots of fun.
Yur totally right that would be awsome ill send u a photo of my rahm kota lightsabre hilt replica! :D
YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!! :))) <br>
i luke this
Superb. The farce is strong with this young jedi..
LOL
WOW
thats amazing ur really talented
Very cool. Your knowledge of Star Wars is impressive.<br>I believe John Mollo and Ivo Coveney were behind the props.<br>You may be interested in:<br>http://theswca.com/index.php?action=disp_item&amp;item_id=47482
Dude that is fantastic wish i had the machinery to build one. I hope someday we will have real lightsabers (i know that would be bad in the hands of the public and i can guarantee i would eventually maim myself or something else :P) buttt still total awesomeness
That is epic I've made replica lightsabers before but there is no comparison to yours. Nice Job
Beautiful workmanship! Fantastic Job!
Thanks!
Impressive...
GORGEOUS
This is great. Great drawing, and great finished finished product. Now someone just needs to work on the laser light so that you dont need the tube. Maybe one of the decades right?
Amazing!
Dammit I got drool all over my keyboard. Awesome project.
Awesome sabre! Please post a link for where to buy your nixie clocks.
The nixie stuff is at www.arduinix.com <br> <br>Thanks!
what were the approximate cost for all the materials?
I usually get my materials from onlinemetals.com, and I usually work in 6061 aircraft grade aluminum in either bar or tube at one and a half inch outside diameter. The aluminum is pretty cheap compared to the copper I used for the neck, that got expensive, but so worth it. <br> <br>The rechargeable batteries, soundcard, wiring, plugs and LEDs probably topped out around 200 bucks. The LEDs for the blade and chamber were around a buck a piece, and I used 94 of them in the saber.
Glad to finally see you on here sloth!!!
I see your Jedi skills are complete.
so you have completed your training as a padawan, now you are a JEDI MASTER!!!
To say that this is awesome is a total and complete understatement.
Wow! You're machining skills are insane! This and your other builds are astounding. I love the idea of actually using a crystal in the lightsaber. I love these kinds of projects but I don't have the skill or resources to machine things like that. I want to make a full metal suit of Halo armor personally but not sure how I would go about that at the present moment. I guess I'll just wait until I get my materials engineering degree and I'll just patent a new metal alloy and build my suit. That seems like a life goal there...<br>
Thanks, Puff! <br> <br>It's been a fun hobby. I will try and put more sabers on instructables, as well as some Nixie tube stuff. <br> <br>Brad
That is crazy awesome! Wonderful job!

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