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Build Your Own Light Saber

(Last Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2000 19:30:21)

Welcome! This site contains complete instructions, drawings, photos, and parts lists for building your own light saber. The design I developed contains, for the most part, parts that are very easy to find and quite inexpensive. I think, even if you have to buy the chrome tube (the most expensive single item) and include batteries and a light source, your total cost will be only about $30–$40.


Kenobi v. Maul - click to enlarge (Please do not copy this graphic without permission) My homemade light saber

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Jason, from Kansas City (USA) had the honor of being our 100,000th visitor, at 5:35 p.m. (EDT) on October 30, 2000.

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Note from Jedi Wilcox: I’ve been very busy lately, and am way behind in answering my Jedi e-mail. I will catch up soon. So, if you’ve e-mailed me and haven’t heard back, be patient (as any Jedi should).


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The Phantom Menace Video is Here!
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Star Wars Episode I—The Phantom Menace (Widescreen Edition Boxed Set) (1999)

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Additional Features
This limited-edition boxed set (only 1.5 million made) contains a widescreen version of the film, a behind-the-scenes documentary, the book The Art of Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace, and a mounted 35mm filmstrip. The documentary and widescreen version of the film are only available in this set, but if you really want to, you can order the pan-and-scan version here for $16.95. 

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What Was This Man Thinking?

The Jedi Spatula

Or perhaps it is more appropriate to ask, “Was this man thinking?”

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As the opening of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace approached, I got the idea that it would be fun to attend the screening dressed as a Jedi. While costumes were being constructed for my sons and I, I realized that I didn’t have my own light saber, although my sons (except the 4-month-old) have toy ones. Recalling that each Jedi constructs his own light saber as part of his training, I realized that I didn’t need to build an exact prop replica, merely achieve a certain “look.” So, I scoured the Web (and my cellar, and a couple of hardware stores) to see what was available, and built this saber over a couple of weeks.

The design is easy to build, and I’ve included instructions which are, I hope, easy to follow, and supplemented these with photos and drawings as well as a complete parts list.

A FAQ is available which addresses the questions I get asked most often.

Remember, this is a “nonfunctional” saber. (The technology does not exist yet to produce a functional one.) Remember, I built this because I wanted to have a realistic looking light saber hilt prop to wear with my Jedi costume.

The light inside it is used to illuminate the “calculator bubbles” (see the parts list and photos) on the handle, and to shine through the electron tube. The light is cool-looking, but would not be confused with a real light saber blade (if such existed). Essentially, you could think of it as a low-powered flashlight. See our FAQ for more information.

E-mail me with questions, suggestions, or your own experiences.
Thanks! —
Jedi Wilcox

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The instructions are finished for the absolutely cheapest, virtually indestructible, infinitely “whackable,” extremely easy to build noodle saber. Total cost of parts: less than $10.00.

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Fireworks The honor and fame of being our 50,000th visitor goes to Richie, who dropped in about 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 1999. Congratulations! He is also the first person of our “milestone” awards who correctly saved and sent the counter graphic. My sincere thanks to the many visitors who have helped (via feedback and other encouraging e-mail) make this site a success.

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Palpatine for President

Palpatine for President! In Election Year 2000, elect a new President. A strong President …

Jedi Los, of Sabers Plus, has recently added a tutorial on adding light saber effects to photos using PhotoShop. Thanks again, Jedi Los.

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This isn’t a Star Wars site, but most Science Fiction fans are fans of the space program as well. Here is a way to become a part of it. (Look me up—certificate No. 525227.)

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Having trouble printing? See our FAQ for instructions on getting the text to print black-over-white.

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The Dead Letter Office. I try to answer all my e-mail from the saber site, but some of my answers get returned to me marked “undeliverable.” Usually this is due to a user having an AOL account with an access restrictions that prevent the account from receiving e-mail from outside AOL. If you’ve sent me e-mail, and haven’t gotten an answer within 3 weeks, check here. (If you have checked the Dead Letter Office, and still don’t have an answer, send me a reminder.)

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Content written by Doug Wilcox.

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Special thanks, of course, to George Lucas for Star Wars Logo (TM LucasFilms Ltd.) - Click to go to the official Star Wars Site.

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