Introduction: Cyberpunk Book Nook
I decided to jump into the book nook shelf insert craze and design something in one of my favorite themes: Dystopian future cyberpunk.
action figures you are willing to destroy
lights and a small controller
Step 1: Cut the Part on Laser Cutter
DO NOT ASSEMBLE YET
designed for 1 sheet of 12" by 24" by 3mm baltic birch plywood
Step 2: Find Some Figures and Props, Take Them Apart.
I found some action figures at the dollar store that were perfect. 2 easily removed screws and their limbs fell out. What was even better is despite the packaging being identical there was some variation in the figures. After that I went to 5 below and found some of the characters no kids wanted but were much higher quality and harder to disassemble. I did get some nice props to "kit bash" with.
Step 3: Detail.
- paint the parts, add grafitti or any other touches you want
- glue in place some of the smaller parts like steps and awnings.
- print decals on sticker paper
- glue the limbs to the racks
Step 4: Add Lights.
- get a small controller from Adafruit or DFRobot or similar. an Arduino Nano is perfect. Make sure you can easily provide power to it through USB
- get at least 5 individual neopixels
- wire them together and to the controller, I put the controller behind the back door.
- test the lights
- glue all the lights in place with some slack to assemble the walls, due to the theme exposed wires are ok.
- test the lights
Adafruit has great tutorials on how to get started with a small controller and neopixels. detailing here would be more steps than the parent project.
Step 5: Assemble
glue it all together.
I used electrical tape to temporarily hold things together while glue dries., painters tape or scotch tape would work well also.
Run a long usb cable to a usb hub for power
put it in your shelf and enjoy