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Wood Rocket Ship with LED Lights

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As was explained in my last instructable, my wife and I are doing a space themed nursery for our soon to be born second son. We definitely needed to incorporate a rocket ship into the nursery. I thought of many different possibilities for this project from a stand alone rocket to one suspended from the ceiling. We finally decided to have the rocket mounted to the wall(for space saving reasons) and make it double as a night light.  We hope you enjoy!!  


Supplies that you will need:

2'x4' piece of particle board
Primer
Paint
Black Sharpie Marker
Gloss Clear Finish Spray Paint
Tightbond III Wood Glue
Piece of round metal
Acorn Nuts
Mailbox reflectors
Rust Proof Chrome Spray Paint
3 LED Lights: I used these.

Tools:

Jigsaw
2 5/8" hole saw bit
Drill/Drill Press
Hot Glue Gun

 
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Step 1: Step One: Tracing The Rocket

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The first step to this project is picking a rocket design that you like and blowing it up and tracing it onto a piece of poster board. I really REALLY wanted to do a millennium falcon or a U.S.S Enterprise. Lets just say my wife crushed my dreams on that. So we picked this one from some clip art that she found.  I used a document camera to blow it up and trace it.  I also, decided to switch out the flames on our rocket with something more exciting so i whipped something up on a piece of cardboard so it would be more sturdy.

Step 2: Step Two: Tracing and Cutting the Rocket

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I then, traced the rocket design onto a 2'x4' piece of particle board.  I used a jigsaw to cut out the design and sanded down the rough edges. The corners in the flame were not perfect so i used a triangle file and a rat tail fie to smooth them out. Tip: When making tight turns with a jigsaw like in these flames use a small blade and take it slow. I learned this the hard way!!!
I love it. My son has been asking for a space ship and until I saw this I didn't know what to do. I'm currently in the painting stage but I can't find reflectors small enough for the life of me. Can you be so kind as to tell me where you found the ones you used? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!!

They are walmart bicylcle reflectors. Post a picture of yours I'd love to see it. Sorry this is so late LOL!!!!!111

PeckLauros2 months ago

Nice rocket!

dirtysnake1012 (author)  PeckLauros1 month ago

THANKS!!

Adorable!
sunshiine1 year ago
What a great project! thanks for sharing your hard work and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine