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I wanted to make a little bedside table lamp for my little sister. The eventual design turned out to be a sombrero LED man.
With Halloween coming up i hope it will scare some monsters away.

The design is based on two principles: easy to make and cost effective.

Total cost = $23,12

  • 3w LED: $3,5
  • 3w LED driver: $2,5
  • 9v power supply: $4
  • 12 ping-pong balls (you only need 1): $4
  • Wooden beam: $6,25
  • Aluminum bar: $1,87


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Step 1: Materials and tools

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  • Wooden beam (3.5 cm x 1 cm x 173 cm)
  • Aluminum flat bar (3 cm x 4 mm x 16 cm)
  • 3w LED
  • 3w LED driver
  • Power supply 12v
  • 2 screw bolts 3 mm
  • ping-pong ball


  • Super glue
  • Wood glue
  • Wood paste
  • Saw
  • Jig saw
  • Sand paper
  • Wood clamps
  • Drill
  • Drill bit:  2,5 mm, 7 mm, 22 mm, 25 mm
  • Hole saw 90 mm
  • Solder
  • Solder iron
  • Thermal paste

Step 2: Sawing and gluing

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Start by sawing the following pieces of the wooden beam

  • Saw two 18 cm pieces
  • Saw two 25 cm pieces
  • Saw three 19 cm pieces
  • Saw three 9 cm pieces
  • Saw one 3 cm piece

Saw the 25 cm pieces into three lengths 11 cm 11 cm and 3 cm
Saw every piece in a 45° angle.

Saw the 18 cm pieces in to two lengths at 9,5 cm.
Saw every piece in a 60° angle.

Glue the three 19 cm pieces together and saw a 80° angle off at the end of the piece.


Step 3: Drilling

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Drill a 22 mm hole (5 cm deep) on top of the right-angled side of the 19 cm piece.

Drill a 7 mm hole on top of the 22 mm hole almost all the way through.

Drill a 7 mm hole at the long side 4 cm from the bottom.

Step 4: Gluing

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Glue the two 11 cm and the 3 cm pieces together.  
Do this twice, these will be the legs.
Glue the legs to the 19 cm piece.

Glue the two 9,5 cm pieces together.
Do this twice, these will be the arms.
Glue these pieces to the 19 cm piece.

yongeeks2 years ago
Excellent design. I may well make one. Thank you.
That's really cool!!!...
and the pictures too are good!!!
neoroman2 years ago
Very cool design!
AndyGadget2 years ago
I really like the clean, simple lines of this.  A very effective design.
You've given the prices buying everything new, but I think most people would have a lot of the parts somewhere around the house already so it would work out a lot cheaper.
HHarry (author)  AndyGadget2 years ago
I also had most materials at home. I just wrote the prices to give the readers an indication of how much everything cost new.
SIRJAMES092 years ago
I love it!! I can even think of ways to make him/her movable.
TY for sharing such a cool project!
HHarry (author)  SIRJAMES092 years ago