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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 4, 2017, 9:04 PM - Another hardware store lightsaber build! Finished! #1

    Hi all
    A couple of weeks ago I posted pics of my first lightsaber build. Well was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to do a hardware store build like I used to do long before I discovered the RPF. I would buy a pommel and emitter or just use my own.
    So I started with a old pommel that I had laying around. It's threaded for a 3/8 rod. Then made an emitter out of aluminum tubing and a fender washer. The main body is 1 and 1/4 chrome sink tube. Here's a mock up so far just seeing how things fit and look. Enjoy!Click image for larger version. 

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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 4, 2017, 10:57 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #2

    Nice work! I especially love bearings as windvanes.
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 5, 2017, 5:14 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #3

    Thanks! Have more to do and have to figure out how to tighten the whole thing up. It's built around a threaded rod but im limited on where I can hide the nuts. I hate just gluing things together and would rather be able to take it apart in the future. Also once it's together ill clean it up and give the aluminum a brushed finish. I haven't decided if im going to make a clamp like a graflex or if ill buy a clamp cover from Roy for it. I used to just make up a peice from square keystock and aluminum flashing to simulate the clamp area. Well will see....
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 6, 2017, 6:23 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #4

    Hi all I have some more progress on my hardware store lightsaber build ItsClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	764130 been a little while since I built one of these so I'm a little rusty at it I've been taking various sections of tubing that I've had in my garage and cutting them up into the appropriate size pieces I have a couple more pictures here at my work and it's getting more refined and more saber looking now I've got the mid-band fitted on it I will ask you put a couple screws into this so it doesn't slide. The body of the Sabers actually made from an inch and a quarter size Chrome sink tube. The pommel is something I've had around for quite a long time and I used to buy these off of eBay a long time ago but I haven't seen any of these pop-up and quite a while. Not sure who made these back in the day possibly a company called Galaxy trading I'm not sure. The emitter is actually made from different size aluminum tubing I was also able to get a bunch of different size tubing that if she fits together in side of each other to make it a little more sturdy at the bottom at the neck. I used a roller bearing to simulate a wind vane and a couple small pieces of aluminum tubing for the neck of the saber. Also underneath one of the small pieces of tubing under the wind vane there is a threaded Rod that runs through the whole length of the saber you can see it in the picture I also ground down a nut so that it just fits inside the tubing under the wind vane neck this way I can thread everything right on down and I don't have to worry about it coming loose and at the top of the emitter I used a I believe I call him shaft collars cuz it makes it look more or Return of the Jedi like. I plan to get about a dozen or so of the poly washers from my local plumbing store if you don't know what these look like they're around like a cone shaped there cut a tapered in the fit on the PVC plumbing they come in an inch and a half an inch and a quarter sizes I'm going to use the inch and a quarter size and this will make up my grip section. That's all for now enjoy the pictures and if anyone has any questions about what I used or how I did it just let me know thanks
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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 6, 2017, 11:50 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #5

    Hi all. I've gotten more done tonight. Cut my sidebars and made a cone knob! Not sure where it's going yet. Also in the pics you can see the nut I ground down to fit under the aluminum tube. Hoping to get more done tomorrow.Click image for larger version. 

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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 7, 2017, 10:51 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #6

    Hi again. So far today I have cut down the threded rod and drilled tapped and installed cone knob! Here's pics.Click image for larger version. 

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    2 Weeks Ago  Oct 7, 2017, 3:09 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #7

    Ok needed to fill out the bottom of the saber and this is what I came up withClick image for larger version. 

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    1 Week Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 9:24 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #8

    Decided I didn't like the look of the black peices I had at the bottom of the saber so I took them off. I think ill move the cone knob to that spot then add a smaller knob in it's place. Any ideas?
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 2:09 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #9

    propmainiac said: View Post
    Ok needed to fill out the bottom of the saber and this is what I came up withClick image for larger version. 

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    nice build so far so good, it is looking very Obi-wan, but it all depends on how you want it to look, emitter and grenade is very distinctive to the Obi-wan and Luke sabers, you could change the pommel and grips to have a slightly different look if your trying to steer away from the traditional look, but I think obi-wan will always be there, but still a great build.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 3:15 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #10

    Thank you! I do like it. Obis saber has bee my favorite next to Luke's Empire Saber. But since I had the pommel that's where this build went. I got rid of the black find at the bottom and placed a knurled knob there also built my clamp section up today . May make a lever to go with it might not. Here's pics.Click image for larger version. 

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    It's held on with tape at the moment.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 5:39 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #11

    I'm liking this! Nice work
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 8, 2017, 9:50 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #12

    Hi all
    Added my control box in an effort to make it look more like a clamp. Like how it's turning out.the card is from an old PC board. Also gave the aluminum parts more of a brushed finish. What do you think?Click image for larger version. 

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    1 Week Ago  Oct 9, 2017, 6:11 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #13

    More pics....by the way should I paint the grip area black......or another color?Click image for larger version. 

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    1 Week Ago  Oct 10, 2017, 8:22 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #14

    Anyone?
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 10, 2017, 11:34 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #15

    Im actually loving this. Nice card!

    My thoughts - lightsaber design is tricky..in order to not make it look bottom or top heavy. The obi wan saber increases in size as you go down, but doesn't get bigger than the clamp area. I think your booster area could use another layer. the T track might have been a bit much, but it may look cool almost matching the clamp width.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 10, 2017, 12:59 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #16

    Thanks! The card came from an ibm circuit board. Have another slightly different. Yeah wasn't trying to emulate obi wan but more of a obi custom? Didn't like the booster look. Not sour what to do with that area now...needs something.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 10, 2017, 4:04 PM - Another hardware store lightsaber build! #17

    Very nice! To answer your original question, I actually think the grips look great as they are (very different to other designs, and helps distinguish this lightsaber from Obi-Wan's.) Perhaps if you did some weathering with black/brown paints in the grooves between the rings?
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 10, 2017, 4:49 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #18

    Yeah. I was thinking of making look dirty but not too dirty.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 11, 2017, 5:14 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #19

    Hi all
    Still perfecting my design here... I decide the lower end of the saber needed more buildup. It looked too skinny just before the pommel. So I added some steel key material to this area. Wasn't crazy about it but I rounded off the end of the steel near the clamp and I thought wow what a difference! Liking the idea very much! Have 4 peices glued on and two more to go. What do you think?Click image for larger version. 

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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 12:27 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #20

    Very nice!
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 12:30 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #21

    That looks awesome! very machine, modern lightsaber ish. Its like a booster but...not!
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 5:19 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #22

    Thanks! I think it's just what it needed
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 1:35 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #23

    what are the white pieces? Are they like rubber grommets or something?
    I used to do hardware sabers too, would often use a mix of fender washers and black vinyl washers stacked alternately to form grips. I worked for a industrial shop at the time, so raided the parts bins for extras. They had great rubber feet that fit perfectly inside the Chrome sink pipe as a filler. wish i knew where they got them...
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 12, 2017, 1:48 PM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #24

    The grips are polywashers used for plumbing. They are not solid white but a frosted translucent clear. By them from an actual plumbing store much cheaper than the hardware store. I paid 19 cents a peice for them. Haven't decided if im going to paint them or not. Kinda like the clean all aluminum look.
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    1 Week Ago  Oct 13, 2017, 8:37 AM - Re: Another hardware store lightsaber build! #25

    This turned out really awesome!

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