Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, an elegant weapon from a
more elegant time...
My Third Lightsaber
...Is now nearly complete. When I finished this one I knew this was THE ONE. Oh yeah, very cool to hold, and wear, as I made lightsaber noises around the house chasing my cats.
|1 12"x1.5" chrome tube
|1 1"->.5" pvc pipe converter
|1 sheet aluminum (for duct work)
|2 co-axial cable network connectors
|1 red "screw protector"
|2 sets of 1 small screw, 1 washer, 1 small nut
|1 set clear rubber feet
|2 replacement windshield wipers
|1 toggle bolt
|1 D-Ring assembly
|1 hole plug
|3" x 1/4" Steel Key Stock
What I Did
Well, this one was quite fun, I started it a week or so before I got married, (February 29, 2000...yes I'm rotten,
anniversaries once every 4 years....oh well.) Using a template I found on the Web, (I forget
where, but I hope the owner/designer of the template doesn't mind me using and passing it on, they probably won't
since I'm not making any money off it, and I didn't pay to get it either) Anyway, using the template, I prepared my
plumbing tube, by cutting the appropriate curve at the emitter end, and drilling the proper holes.
Now, I went to attach my windshield wipers, I was going to glue them on, but was worried about glue
spilling out onto the tube, or not holding very well when being gripped. So, I drilled a pilot hole at the
base of the tube for each fin, and scored up the tube with my Dremmel, making a notch for the bottom of the wiper,
(which looked like an inverted "T") to slip into and slide up. Now looking at this, I see I left a gap at the base
of the tube to the grips, which should not have been there. Ah well, live and learn, I should have been paying
more attention and researched a bit more.
Next, I attempted several times at cutting out the "bulb fins" for the top, without success. The first plans I had
showed them as two separate fins, cut separately, and folded into the "H" opening, and attached with a pin, or
screw or whatever...this didn't work for me...I was fortunate enough to find this template with not only the tube cut,
but the fin plans, and a plan for the "Graflex Clamp". Finally I got my fins cut, and into place. To hold them
together through the "H", I used a small finishing nail, and a lump of solder on each end for good measure, they're not going
I inserted my plumbing adapter, which I painted black, and cut off the top "ridge" from, or else it was ust too long, and
stuck out awkwardly from the emitter. Now, this is where I realized I hadn't drilled the holes for the buttons, so those got
drilled in, and I prepared to set into them.
I decided then to get away from the tube for a bit, and went to work on the clamp, which I cut out of the sheet of duct work
metal, made the appropriate cuts into, and filed down, and folded on the dotted lines. Next, I carefully
rolled the flat clamp around the tube, to give it the round shape. In the centre I cut the steel key to
size, and ground down a groove in the middle for a screw to fit across the clamp, which held half the toggle bolt head
in place as the "lever".
Back to the buttons, I cut out the bulk of the network connections, (from a bad "T" connector on our computers at work, that I had
replaced) and took the scored parts. In through the top, I epoxied a small screw into the plastic insulator. This screw went into
the hole on the top of the tube, to a washer and nut inside the tube, which were also epoxied for extra safety to the inside surface.
The same procedure was pretty much duplicated for the bottom where the "glass eye" is found. For the red button on top I cut the red
"screw protector" down, and slipped it into the top of the button sleeve with a dab of epoxy to hold it tight. The bottom eye was one
of the clear rubber feet, epoxied for good measure to that sleeve.
To finish up, I added more rubber feet to the handle along the clamp, where the steel key was clamped in place, and the hole plug was
epoxied onto the end, after screwing the D-ring into the bottom, and attaching it through with a bolt.
There it is, my finished Hardware ANH Luke Replica Graflex. All in all I'm pretty happy with it, except for the clamp.
I love it, but it needs a better clamp, the one I fashioned came across pretty poorly, but okay for my first attempt I think...
May The Force Be With You.
Allow Artoo to take you Back.