This build uses vodka bottle miniatures as candles for the Menorah. They are illuminated using LEDs that mimic candle flames. The build incorporates a kit from Evil Mad Scientist that has an integrated circuit designed to illuminate the candles in a preset sequence. I will describe the modifications I made to the circuit for this build. The base was constructed from oak and finished with Danish Oil.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Deluxe LED Menorah kit from Evil Mad Scientist ($13.95) Link to buy the kit
- (9) Flaming LEDs . ($.90) from Amazon Amazon Link for LEDs
- Small Momentary Pushbutton Switch
- (2) AA batteries
- Titebond 2 Glue
- 2P10 Superglue and Accelerator
- 8 Grey Goose Miniature Vodka Bottles
- 1 Belvedere Miniature Vodka Bottle (for the Shamash)
- Shrink Tubing
- Table saw
- Mouse random orbital sander and 120 grit paper
- Soldering Iron
- Heat gun
- Drill Press
- 3/4 inch Forstner Bit
- 1/4 inch bit
Step 2: Build the Circuit From the Kit With Modifications
The Deluxe LED Menorah kit should be made according to the directions supplied with these exceptions:
- Use the flame LED instead of their LED's
- Use a pushbutton switch instead of the their miniature circuit board pushbutton switch
- Attach 12 inch wires to the places on the circuit board for the switch
- Attach 12 inch wires color coded for the positive and negative leads of each of the candles. These will be soldered to the LED's under the bottles.
Step 3: Build the Base
The base can be any dimensions you want. My base is 14 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches high. I cut a slot to hold the top about 1/16 inch below the top of the sides. The bottom is a piece of masonite and I cut a slot 1/16 of an inch above the bottom of the sides. I cut one end about 1/4 inch short so that the bottom could slide into the bottom and it is held fast with a screw. I drilled a thumbhole to make it easy to open the box. I finished the base with Fruitwood Danish Oil with a finishing coat of beeswax.
I drilled 1/4 inch holes for the LED's for each of the 8 candles and the Shamash.
Step 4: Superglue the LEDs to the Bottle
I superglued the LED's to the bottoms of the bottles. Using an accelerator really helps. I used 2P10 superglue. Then I soldered the leads that go to the circuit board. I used shrink tubing to insulate the leads.
Step 5: Epoxy the Bottles to the Base
I used 5 minute epoxy to fix the bottles to the base
Step 6: Wire the LEDs to the Circuit Board
I wired the leads from the LED's to the circuit board
Step 7: Wire the Switch
Insert the switch and wire it to the board. Because the wood was a bit deep for the switch I drilled a 3/4 inch hole about 1/2 inch deep with a forstner bit on the drill press
Step 8: Finish the Base With Danish Oil and Beeswax and Enjoy
I hope you enjoy this project and I send my wishes for a happy healthy and peaceful holiday to all.