F I N K B U I L T

Scale model cockpit FPV

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cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.

Liberty

liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

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Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

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Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box

Thunderbirds

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Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

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Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

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Aerosol toothpaste




2 Miniute Dueling Lightsabers

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Whip up an impromptu set of lightsabers and have your little Jedi’s learning the way of the Force in minutes. We made up this set of dueling sabers with some garbage and literally about 2 minutes of work.

The tubes that we used are the cores that are left over when the plotter at work runs out of paper. If you don’t use large rolls of plotter paper yourself, try hitting up your local Kinko’s, they probably throw these away every day.

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Materials:

  • 1 pair of red/blue 3D glasses
  • 2 plastic tubes
  • 2 flashlights
  • Some reflective material
  • Tape

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Put them together

  1. Remove the red and blue filters from the 3D glasses, and tape one filter over the light-emitting end of each flashlight.
  2. Insert the flashlights into the tubes and secure with several tight windings of tape.
  3. Cap the other end of the tubes with a reflective cap of shiny material, with the shiny side facing inward (I used some scrap mylar duct insulation, taped over the end). This will illuminate the far end of the tube.

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Now, use The Force.

20 Responses to “2 Miniute Dueling Lightsabers”


  1. Jack Furlong Says:

    “Golf Club Protector Tubes” work well for this and only cost a buck or so.

  2. Tim Says:

    That is so awesome. I am making a set for my boys this weekend.

  3. Steve Says:

    Jack, good idea!

    I actually picked up some 3/4 inch acrylic tubing from a plastics house this morning on my way to work. I also ordered some red and blue LED’s and the right resistors to make this kind of blade:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/ESAFJUJVW2EP286RGN/

  4. bon Says:

    photos of bugs are great – the tortise is awesome!
    can you let me know how you amke those cool rockets
    out of liter bottles?? thanks!!
    sweet tat’s!

  5. Steve Says:

    Thanks Bon,

    I pretty much followed the design here:

    http://www.martinet.nl/articles/20050101.html

    I found that I could use a single tube rather than the composite tube shown in the plans. I think that European pipes are a lightly different size than US pipes.

    There is a full how-to write up for the water rockets in Make Vol. 5

    http://makezine.com/05/

    BTW, that is not me in the kilt, but yes, Frank does have some nice tatoos, my favorite is one on his forearm that says HUMAN in a sort of red, U.S.D.A Meat font.

  6. Balu Says:

    Damn, our plotters on campus (Germany) all have a paper tube core…

    I don’t have kids, but I’d love to have one on my own :-D

  7. John Says:

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  8. Michael Says:

    Now that’s a great idea, I am looking after two of the grand kids tomorrow, that would cool.

    Hold on, I can see grandma killing grandpa because the kids light sabered everything in the living room!

  9. Pete Says:

    Hey Jack, where can I pick up some of those Golf Club Protector Tubes?

  10. devvon Says:

    nice work. i tried it and it works. and my two little niece are enjoying the fun of being a starwars android. LOL

    anyway great work.

  11. devvon Says:

    nice work. i tried it and it works. and my two little niece are enjoying the fun of being a starwars android. LOL

    anyway great work.

  12. anna@vicenzapubblicita.it Says:

    questa gliela devi costruire assolutamente…

  13. Omar Says:

    Subito!

  14. will Says:

    NICE! did you think of this,i would realy love to have one ,but about the 3-d glasses. does gel paper work?

  15. dfmjhjm Says:

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. YAWN... Says:

    This is nothing new or innovative at all. Right after Star Wars came out in ’77, every 5 and dime discount store in America had their lightsaber knockoffs, which were just a cheap flashlight, a color filter, and a plastic tube.

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  18. ro Says:

    yea!! finally i can built a light saber and my dream will became true!! i can conquer the universe!! ahah!! ok.. i’ve finished.. i joke.. thank you very much.. really..

  19. darth vader Says:

    i made one from paper and metal and i made one from lasers cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!aaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. nm Says:

    awesome!! i finally found a real way to do it btw is it possible to make a lightsaber without tubes? great work on the instructions they were very clear. thank u so much!!!!!