Introduction: Zombie Apocalypse Electric Lantern

The beginning. I use a clamp/guide with a circular saw to get nice straight cuts, it works pretty well. Also quick clamps like these are a great idea also

Step 1: Marking Out/test Fitting

Here I needed to get my top and bottom plates cut and marked out well, because I knew the whole thing hinged on having the these two right. I drilled all my holes into another piece of wood (off screen) first, so I could test fit before I committed to my top plate. I used a thin piece of MDF to mount the switch because the wood was too thick to mount the stitch directly. Then as you can see in the last pic I put it all together to make sure it all fit, and to see how it looked. I tried to plan all this out before hand but there's only so much you can do on paper (that's me anyway). I was really making up a lot of this as I went.

Step 2: Initial Assembly

I forgot to take a bunch of photos in between these steps lol, when I'm on a roll I hate to stop! But basically I undercoated the top/bottom panels, gave them a quick rub with fine sandpaper, and drowned them in cheap spraypaint. I want a weathered/clunky sort of look so I don't need to be perfect (which is much easier). Then I cut the front panel and battery door after deciding the final height (as we can see in the first pic). I was going to use 3mm MDF for the sides but I decided it was too weak, and I had some ply lying around so I used that. I glued/screwed everywhere for strength. I used self-drilling metal screws for the sides, because I wanted the big chunky hex heads. Luckily they actually bit into the MDF (in most cases), but I was relying on the glue to do most of the work anyway.

Step 3: Painting

I drowned it in paint again, then I got some more of the really fine sandpaper and smoothed the sides so the sticker would have something to adhere to. I then gave it another coat just on the sides. Finally I gave it another sand, and this time I sanded the heads to the bolts/screws to give them definition, and so you could see they were metal again.

Step 4: Wiring

I joined the wires from the light onto smaller gauge wires using solder, which I then heat-shrinked. The switch terminals had become loose because I kept changing my mind and bending them to different angles. I just flooded them with solder which luckily did the job.

Step 5: Testing

As we can see it worked out well. I had already bench tested the switch using a multi meter, and the light by connecting to the battery earlier. Don't forget to test all your parts before you even begin your project!

Step 6: Finished (almost)

This is almost done, I just need to weather it more and add some more details!

I forgot to add that I didn't make the sticker, I bought it from here sticker link so credits for that need to go to the original artist :)

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addison8019 made it!(author)2017-03-02

I never expected so many people to actually look at my instructable, double digits would have amazed me lol, I kinda feel bad I didn't add more info now. If anyone has a question/s or wants to know where I bought any of the parts just ask :)

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the_mad_rshn made it!(author)2017-02-26

Its a great idea. I am not sure about the apocalypse:) , but for deer field dressing in the dark woods is perfect. i might just make one like that for the next season. Thank you for this great ible.

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addison8019 made it!(author)2017-02-26

Ha ha, yeah this is made for looks first, practicality second. I'd add a bigger handle if I planned on carrying it around. The balance isn't bad, but it does lean a bit in the hand. I'd but the battery and handle dead centre so the balance is better. Cheers :)

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Modern+Rustic+Workshop made it!(author)2017-02-26

Very neat idea and I love the apocalypse theme!

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addison8019 made it!(author)2017-02-26

Thanks :)

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DIY+Hacks+and+How+Tos made it!(author)2017-02-26

Awesome! I need to make one of these to add to my apocalypse survival kit.

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addison8019 made it!(author)2017-02-26

Lol thanks I'm pretty happy with it so far, and it's actually really bright.

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