The Space Lamp - Featured Maker: Giaco Whatever




Introduction: The Space Lamp - Featured Maker: Giaco Whatever

About: Hi I'm Alex and I love to make stuff! I mainly work with different metals but I also love to explore new (to me) materials and dabble in woodworking, jewelry, knife making, design and many more.

Hi Instructables Community,

this week I would like to share another collaboration with Giaco Whatever. Some of you might already have seen and read this Make featured project but maybe reading the Instructable will further inspire you to make something.

If the video doesn't work you can still use this link to watch it!

If you like this Instructable please consider subscribing to Giaco Whatever and my Channel!

Thank you!

PS: Don't forget to check the last page for my extended giveaway!

Step 1: Intro

„What’s the best project to start making things?“

This is one of the most frequently asked question I get from my viewers. My answer is:

“Make a lamp!”

Step 2: What Is a Lamp?

A lamp consist only of three components a light bulb, a socket and a wire with a plug.

This leaves you with an enormous freedom for your creative approach. What you end up with is something you can either use yourself or give away as a gift.

Since I was a child I was fascinated with space, the stars and

everything related. I also like the look and design of space craft and items for use in space and was thinking long and hard to use it in one of my projects.

To demonstrate this I’ve decided to make a “space lamp” from a few cheap materials as well as some up-cycled items from my shop. The tools I’ve used make making easier and faster but the entire projects could be done with basic hand tools.

For this project I chose to combine the looks of acrylic, aluminum, plastics & Mylar (aka space blanket).

Step 3: The Acrylic Sheets

As a first step I chose a large energy saving bulb and used its dimensions to give me an idea for the size I had to cut the acrylic sheets into.

My chop saw worked really great or this step and I was able to use a wooden board as a stopper on the chop saw. This way all pieces where exactly the same width without requiring further measurements and markings.

Tip: If you do not have a chop saw you can score the acrylic sheets with a utility knife thus creating a breaking point. Place the sheets over an edge and try to apply even pressure (a wooden board spreading the force equally helps a lot). This should work fairly well but I suggest you practice this technique first.

Step 4: Aluminum Angle Bar

The length of the acrylic sheets gave me the length required for some aluminum bar I wanted to use for the corners.

Once again I used my chop saw with a stopper block to quickly cut four aluminum angles.

Tip: You can use a simple hacksaw to cut the aluminum.

Step 5: Preparing the Alu Bar

Looking through my assortment of rivets I found some that I wanted to use with the aluminum giving it that aeronautical look.

I drilled equally spaced holes on each side of each aluminum angle which would later be used to fasten the acrylic sheets with the rivets.

Tip: I prepared a length of aluminum with pilot holes. This saved the time and effort of measuring each hole separately.

Step 6: Fastening

Now I used some Clecos to hold the acrylic sheets and alu bars together while I drilled holes through both.

Tip: You can use clamps or corner clamps instead of the clecos.

I used my air powered rivet gun to permanently fasten the acrylic sheets with the aluminum.

Tip: Using washers between the rivet and the acrylic sheets will help reduce the risk of breaking the sheets. Also using a regular rivet gun will yield better results since the applied force is easily adjusted. (The air powered rivet gun was a little too strong and broke the sheets in a few places)

Step 7: MDF Base

Some MDF was cut to a square the same size as the acrylic/alu box.

A forstner bit was then used to drill a hole large enough for the lamp socket through the center of the MDF board.

Tip: Use this trick to quickly find the center on any rectangular work piece

Step 8: Attaching the Socket

Take the socket and glue it into the hole you just drilled. You can use any suitable glue for this but I chose Cyano Acrylate with some activator spray for an instant bond (I don't like to wait for glue to cure ;) )

Step 9: More MDF

I cut some more MDF with my chop saw to build a box in the next step. The size will depend on how big you want to build the base of your lamp.

Tip: It is obvious but you do not need a chop saw to cut wood/MDF you can use a simple wood saw for this job.

Step 10: Make a Box

Wood glue works great with MDF and to make sure I also used some brad nails to keep it all together.

Once the glue was dry I used a Japanese wood saw to cut the box into a more interesting and complex shape.

Tip: Make sure you check for nails before you start cutting - You don't want to ruin a good saw

Step 11: The Lauch Control

I drilled holes for a rocker switch and a phone socket into a square piece of Acrylic. Most switches have a counter screw with which I attached the to the acrylic sheet.

I also drilled a hole for an LED socket above the phone socket (not pictured).

Tip: You can choose whatever fancy switch you like for this part.

Step 12: Exotic Shapes Pt.1

I dived into my box of airplane parts in search for some exotic shapes I could use in the following steps. I found some hydraulic hoses with brass connectors.

Some polishing compound on my buffing wheel was used to bring the brass to a nice shine. Apart from its nice looks the brass also brings some weight with it which will be quite nice for the overall feel of the key.

Tip: If you do not have aircraft part you might want to look at plumbing supplies which might also provide you with brass or copper!

Step 13: Cut It Off

My hacksaw my quick process of cutting the brass part from the hose.

Step 14: More Parts

An old PCB provided me with another feature for my launch key. Using a soldering iron or heat gun makes the removal of soldered parts relatively easy and quick.

Step 15: And the Last Part... a 1/4" jack which you could quite easily salvage from an old set of head phones or buy new.

I used a soldering iron to make a connection this way this jack can be used to close a circuit when inserted into a phone socket.

Step 16: PAINT!

You can use some glue all parts from the previous steps together (I recommend hot glue for the parts I used).

Painters tape can be used to mask of parts that you do not want to paint.

White spray primer/filler was used for the largest area and after two coats I waited until the paint was dry before moving on to the next step.

Step 17: More Paint!

To contrast with the white paint I chose a red spray paint and painted a thin ring of red just around the 1/4" jack.

Let that dry too and move on to the next step.

Step 18: Electronics

Ok this one might be a little more complicated than the previous steps.

I gave my best to draw a schematic of the actual circuit which you can find in the last picture.

Basically the circuit consists of a 12V power supply and a relay which is triggered when the 1/4" jack is inserted. This also activates the green LED and the rocker switch.

Only whilst the jack is inserted the lamp can be turned on.

Step 19: Prepping the Base

Using the socket i created another hole in the base with my jig saw. This hole would late be used to wire the socket to the other electronics.

Step 20: Side Panels

I created some stencils and printed them out on sticker paper with my laser printer. Those stickers where then attached to the acrylic side panels and control panel.

Unfortunately I do not have the stencil templates for upload but its really simple and you can be as creative as you want.

Step 21: Space Blanket

Spray glue makes it relatively easy to glue a mylar (space blanket) around the base of the lamp. No worries if it is a little wrinkled since that is exactly the look you are after.

Step 22: Enjoy

I riveted the side panels on but unfortunately forgot to film that part.

Your lamp is finished and you can either enjoy the looks of it yourself or gift it to someone who might.

Step 23: Giveaway

You can win a Leuchtturm1917 softcover notebook along with some quality sketch pencils, a few of my channel sticker and a 3-Month Instructables Pro Account.

All you have to do is to subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment at this video and include "I'd like one!" & your Instructables username. You have until the 30th June 2016 1800 GMT to participate after which I will announce the winner on my YouTube channel VLOG. (Only entries from the EU, Norway, Switzerland, USA & Canada are eligible to get the full package mailed (please understand that I pay for this myself), residents of other countries may only receive the Pro-Account).

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    6 years ago

    did you get giaco's permission to do this?

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 6 years ago

    A quick look would have shown you that this is not the first collab between Giaco and me!

    It would have been better to comment the project instead of questioning permissions...

    Modern Rustic Workshop
    Modern Rustic Workshop

    Reply 6 years ago

    But you literally just posted screenshots of his youtube video and said "I" next to it...

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 6 years ago

    Hi ProY12,

    the question was whether I have permission from Giaco (Or any other maker I collaborate with for that matter) or not. The answer is yes I have his permission. The text that was used in the Make Article & the video description and partially in this Instructable was written by me as part of our collaboration.

    In opposite to some other YouTubers who only post their videos here as Instructable we are also adding further information, breaking the down the individual work steps supported by pictures (screenshots). Also the text gives you further information about the thoughts that went into the projects. Of course the project is written from Giaco's perspective because it is intended to reflect his thoughts and actions from his view.

    Saying that all it takes is making some screenshots does not reflect the work that went into this Instructable.

    Again it would have been nice to give some feedback for the project itself.

    Regards Alex

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 6 years ago

    No problem, did you like the project though?

    Cheers Alex


    Reply 6 years ago

    I always enjoy a Giaco Project! I'm guessing you get a lot of people asking if you have the original creators permission by the shortness of your first reply; can't blame you for that! I think the problem is that you claim it's a collaboration. In a way I guess it's a collaboration, but most people, especially in regards to YouTube project videos, think of a collaboration as two YouTuber's contributing to the same project.

    I was confused the first time I saw you post Jimmy DiResta project up here. Since videos get pirated around every corner on the web these days, it's easy to see why someone would be quick to jump to the creators defense. The only suggestion I would make, take it or leave it and with offense intended, change it from "collaboration" to "on behalf of". I realize its semantics but you'll probably get a better response if people don't immediately think you've pirating content. Cheers! Dustin

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 6 years ago

    Hi Dustin,

    thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this project! I do like & follow your projects and value your feedback.

    You brought up a number of very good points and I have to agree that the term "Collaboration" can be confusing. However I believe the term describes "the action of working with someone to produce something" quite well since the finished Instructables are more then just an extended description with an embedded video. The process usually involves transcribing or writing completely new articles, taking screenshots (Usually between 50-100) and editing them as well as putting it all together in a way that appeals to readers. Overall I think that the Instructables add value to the original video/project especially if you think of Giaco's videos which are a piece of art (IMHO) but may be difficult to use as a how to for people to follow. This is where the Instructable comes in and explains the individual steps as well as giving additional info and tips.

    The other authors do benefit from the increased exposure since they receive the additional views and subscribers. In addition to the embedded video (to their channel) I add several links to their channels with calls to action to subscribe to them. Not only have the other authors given permission they also are able to review the draft Instructable before it is published and make or request changes as they see fit.

    I do not dispute that I (or this project of mine) benefits from these collaborations since I also want to grow. It is also a good way for me to stay busy during times when I can't post my own projects. In addition I plan to use this as a platform to help other talented makers like the RedSmith to grow their channels.

    If someone else would like to give it a try I can only encourage them to approach other makers that may be too busy to invest their own time in creating Instructables.

    Cheers Alex

    PS: I will keep the "Collaboration" but will add a disclaimer in one of the steps detailing exactly who did what to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.

    Modern Rustic Workshop
    Modern Rustic Workshop

    Reply 6 years ago

    Of course! I'm a huge fan of giaco whatever and its great to see the man (or one of the men) behind it all.

    paul the maker
    paul the maker

    6 years ago

    quite cool and looks asome but i hate rivets is just a paint to get them off not that you would want to take it off.

    Alex 2Q
    Alex 2Q

    Reply 6 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback! Although I agree that rivets can be a pain to remove I don't know why you would want to destroy such a beautiful lamp ;)

    Cheers Alex

    paul the maker
    paul the maker

    Reply 6 years ago

    Is just that I had have bad experience with rivets so I just stay away from them but other than that it looks really great