Introduction: Star Trek LED Light

I make a Star Trek LED light from walnut and acrylic. Add some electronics and you've got a one of a kind desk light, or night light! It's also modular so you can update it whenever it strikes your fancy!


Finished with wipe on poly and acrylic shined with a spot of windex...

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Schaf77 (author)2015-05-20

Nice job! Could you let me know where you purchased your electronic components (the switch, led light, and battery connector)? Thanks.

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lwilliams78 (author)Schaf772015-10-27

the packaging was from radioshack

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buck2217 (author)2015-07-01

Nice (for my inner nerd!!)

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jrobinson1987 (author)2014-11-04

Where did you get your walnut blanks? How thick is the plexiglass?

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jrobinson1987 (author)2014-11-04

Where did you get your walnut blanks? How thick is the plexiglass?

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karthikkaron (author)2014-06-24

bro can u tell me how actually to do this.....??i need the complete steps...

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SerialNano (author)karthikkaron2014-08-28

One of the things I've always loved about the vaguer (is that a word?) Instructables is that it leaves you to truly DIY. If you're not one for figuring stuff like this out, try looking for other guides on the individual steps, for example, "How to cut wood with bandsaw", "How to cut acrylic", etc.

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kludge77 (author)karthikkaron2014-06-24

All the steps are in the video. Sorry I didn't take an durning pictures!

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obridges (author)2014-08-07

What brand of lights did you use?

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MikeyWalnuts (author)2014-07-04

Awesome instructable! I'm going to have to make the Star Trek one for my desk at work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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vishalapr (author)2014-06-18

The light kind of outlines the whole sign which looks brilliant!

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kludge77 (author)vishalapr2014-06-18

thanks!

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yellowcatt (author)2014-06-17

Very nice work.

As an alternative to cutting the star out of the acrylic you could etch the design into it with an Air Eraser. The design would then glow when you turned the LED on.

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kludge77 (author)yellowcatt2014-06-17

cool idea! I actually have some glass etching paste and was going to try that! The triforce is only half lit and I'm guessing that's due to the giant hole missing from the middle!

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yellowcatt (author)kludge772014-06-17

Not sure if glass etching paste would work on acrylic, but an air eraser which is like a micro sand blaster will work, I am sure that a sand blaster would be OK if you were careful.

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rftek (author)2014-06-16

very cool! that standard slot idea is brilliant. i have a smoker that needs a cool backlight, this would work great if i can insulate it ok. thanks for the idea and execution.

thanks for the inspiration, it fits my style.

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kludge77 (author)rftek2014-06-17

I love this site for that. You get and idea from this project and then give someone else and idea with your project!

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Darthorso (author)2014-06-17

Really beautiful, friend, my congratulations

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kludge77 (author)Darthorso2014-06-17

thank you!

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wongman2001 (author)2014-06-17

Very nice, if you scale down the base height , then everything can be cut on the scroll saw and you don't have a seam.

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kludge77 (author)wongman20012014-06-17

Good idea. Now that I've tried the scroll saw, I'm totally a fan!

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craftclarity (author)2014-06-16

Cool!!!

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kludge77 (author)craftclarity2014-06-16

thanks!

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-06-16

This is so awesome! I love that triforce one! If you ever get a chance, you should write out some of the steps. I can tell what you are doing sometimes, but I don't know all of the machines :)

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I always take pictures during my builds, so I can write it up. I have no idea what happened but I totally forgot to bring out the camera!

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