Been thinking about making fun bed light for my son, and came up with this one after I saw a similar bookshelf. But it turn out there's quite a few of these already, I discovered. But here's my version.
- MDF wood board
- LED strip
- 12V Connectors
- Router (optional)
Step 1: Find Some Wood
I used a thick piece of MDF I had lying around.
I printed this batman logo and used for masking. (Using photoshop theres a nice feature called "find edges" so you don't waste your ink)
I've attached the photoshop template I used, the outline and the image is in two separate layers.
Step 2: Cut Out the Figure
Use a jigsaw to cut the wood, take care with the edges MDF is quite soft.
Step 3: Sand the Sides
Even out the sides by hand using sandpaper. Take care not to round the edges.
Step 4: Cut and Place the LED Stips
Cut the led strip, place it about the same distance from all edges. Mark the placement with a pen.
Step 5: Optional: Mill the LED Path
Mill the path where the LED will sit.
I did this since i don't want direct light from the LEDs when looking at it from the side. You could get the same result by masking the side of the LED strips I guess.
Step 6: Solder the LED Strips Together
Tin all the pads first, then solder on the wire. Cut the wire only after the first end is soldered on, that makes it easy to get the perfect length to the wire.
Step 7: All Wired Up
Connect the end wires to a 12v standard connector. (I ended up extending the wire with a nicer white cord)
Step 8: Paint the Edges
If you use MDF, you will need to paint the sides with wood paint or primer before spray painting. Otherwise it's likely that the spray paint wont stick.
Step 9: Spray Paint
Spray paint the sides (and the front maybe, just in case the print doesn't work out)
Step 10: Cut the Print
I found a print that fit quite well to the shape, google "Batman Arkham origins".
Printed on three A4 pages, taped together and cut with a sharp razor to create nice (almost invisible) matching edges.
The ink in my inkjet printer ran out, so I printed this using a laser printer on thick matte photo paper. Turned out ok anyway.
Step 11: Add Distance
I cut small flat wood pieces that will create a distance to the wall for the nice glow effect.
Step 12: Hooks to Hold It
Added two hooks the hang it from. And drilled a hole for the wire so it not easily pulled out by accident.
Step 13: Fix the Print to the Front
I used thin strong double sided tape, but any glue that doesn't mess up you print should be fine.