Home Depot Lightsaber

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by bcubed, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. bcubed

    bcubed New Member

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    Hi everyone!

    This is my second post, I decided I wanted to make something as a first project. I grew up with Star Wars so I decided on a lightsaber from the plumbing isle!

    Used your typical part: Sink drain, extension pipe, slip joints, washers, electrical tape and a red wire nut.

    I'd like to go back and redo the handle and add a real button and maybe eventually an led. I'm very happy for now though with my one day (30 minute) build ..... I welcome any suggestions for a follow up build that I can accomplish fairly quickly .. getting a few under my belt to build up my confidence!

    Thanks!

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  2. MasterEdi

    MasterEdi Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wow! ... Super creative!!!! The Force Awakens more and more, even in the Home Depot, love it!
     
  3. NeoRutty

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    Looks good! Better than my first Home Depot by far.

    It starts at Home Depot, and ends with you scouring flea markets and pretending you're really into military antiques (which you will be, but not for the reasons your telling the sellers)

    welcome!
     
  4. Dredgen

    Dredgen Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looking good!

    Very cool idea. That would make for a really fun build challenge.
     
  5. GotWookiee

    GotWookiee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice work. I love custom hardware sabers. For many of us who got into props and costumes in the late 90's/early 2000's, hardware sabers were our gateway drug.
     
  6. bcubed

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    Thanks for the awesome feedback. My dad is a retired plumber, 40 years on the job. He had no idea what I was going to do with the parts. My brother was a plumber for 20 years and I'm hopefull he has boxes of old parts ripe for the pickin!
     
  7. PotionMistress

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    This is so cool and clever! Thank you for sharing it!
     
  8. QCWolf

    QCWolf Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Neat! Nice work.
     
  9. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    Welcome aboard and what an entrance ... amazing ... looking forward what you'd do with vintage plumbing parts ... go visit your brother's or even dad's for 'supplies' :)

    Chaim
     
  10. AZSneed

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    Impressive, most impressive....It is awesome looking, and hard to believe it was built from plumbing parts.

    I was always wanting a brass Lightsabre, and never found plumbing to get where I want it to look.
     
  11. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great hardware saber! It's how I - and most of us - started and it brings back a bit of nostalgia. The creativity it takes to fit parts together and design your saber comes in very useful, and I can already tell you're going to wow us with your future creations!

    I wish the Big Yellow Box were still functioning, that was a great place to get ideas from!
     
  12. bcubed

    bcubed New Member

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    No lightsaber to build tonight, but the postman left me some goodies,
     

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  13. dkaniel

    dkaniel Sr Member

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    The craft is strong in this one!:thumbsup
     
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  15. ALLEY

    ALLEY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "That's the power of Home Depot!"
     
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  16. Bercilak

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    Here are some of my saber builds, all made using pipe and pvc that i found. DSCN3785.JPG [/b][/b] 1014073_10201790811837087_6508716456212581155_n.jpg 1521479_10201645123194962_1832445091_n.jpg 1795687_10202393873913262_6190237663760916741_n.jpg 10252137_10201790812197096_6062018517584868203_n.jpg
     
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  17. Sym-Cha

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    Looking mighty fine Bercilak and welcome aboard :)

    Chaim
     
  18. Bercilak

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    Thank you.
     
  19. bcubed

    bcubed New Member

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    Those are mightly nice, Bercilak .... I'd like to build a few different designs ... had the though to do Darth Maul varient
     
  20. Bercilak

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    I'm working on a few more, the hardest part besides finding parts is working with leather for the grips. One day i might even start experimenting with electronics.
     
  21. bcubed

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    I'm going to try my hand at some electronics .. also looking at possible a blade from the Custom Saber Shop.
     
  22. Bercilak

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    I was playing around with a removable wooden blade idea for a bit. I don't like ordering from online stores if I can help it.
     
  23. bcubed

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    I switched out the gray washers for black today, better?

    Also, I put a LED harbor freight flashlight in it to see what it would look like. Also added a piece from a hard drive for an emitter.
     

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  24. Getoninja

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    Awesomeness!
     
  25. SpeedRacerx

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    This! ^. "I didn't know GRAFLEX were used as lightsabers! I'm just really into vintage photography..."
     
  26. bcubed

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    Decided to make a few changes, I order some faucet knobs and a new threaded faucet plug ... I also had recently received a red cree flashlight.

    I had to shorten the threaded rod on the cover to make it fit under the knob. I was able to put the faucet cover on backwards and secure it with the slip nut and then put the knob on and tighten it down .. now all I need to do is paint it. The flashlight fit fine after removing the belt clip ... all I need to do is break it down later and move the activation button to the outside of the saber.
     

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  27. bcubed

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    Pommel is painted and installed.
     

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  28. Sym-Cha

    Sym-Cha Master Member

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    I see you've gone over to the dark side with that red faux crystal ... need to build another to bring balance to the Force, you will :wacko

    Chaim
     
  29. Fatherttam

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    I really like the form of this and how simple it looks to finish. so I've gone to home depot a couple of times now trying to figure out how all of this would connect together. All the extension pipes are only thread at one end so i'm stuck.

    could you give a step-by-step on how you built this?

    thanks
     
  30. lucassparda

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    I did this a few years back while following a tutorial from instructables.com. Shortly after completing my "Light-Side" chrome saber handle, I found a black sink drain and began working on my "Dark-Side" style saber of the same design, much like the Anakin/Darth Vader sabers.

    I used DVD and HDD drive hubs as the emitters, however mine do not light up or make sound.

    Here's a few pics of them, plus a size comparison shot next to the ForceFX saber I have.
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  31. Sym-Cha

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    Also very nice hardware sabers lucassparda and welcome aboard :)

    Chaim
     
  32. lucassparda

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    TY - long time lurker, first week as a registered poster. Feels good and you folks are so well mannered compared to sites of similar layouts.
     

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