Basic Saber Build list of parts
Okay, My head is ready to explode reading the posts by lazy people who want to be spoonfed, so I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do (no, not take out Mafia hits on all of you), I'm gonna SPELL it out right here!
If you follow this tutorial, you WILL end up with a BASIC working LED MHS lightsaber!
Choose a LED blade holder from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Bl...lders-C32.aspx
Make sure to select it WITHOUT a heatsink module!!!! (you can buy it with or without, but you will be getting one in step 5.)
Buy this blade retention screw--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-...rew--P111.aspx
Or this one: http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-...crew-P538.aspx
It can be cut later if it is too long for your particular blade holder.
Choose a Hilt (style 1 thru 4) from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Ce...tions-C33.aspx
These have pre-drilled switch holes and female threads at both ends. It is the "handle of your saber". Don't get bogged down with chokes or extentions or any of that crap! We are going SIMPLE here!
Choose a pommel, one insert and one clip from this link--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Pommels-C34.aspx
This will be the "end cap" assembly of your saber. Just pick the ones that you like (one of each).
Choose this basic LED Module --->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Re...dule-P653.aspx
If you chose a RED or Orange LED, you will need this buckpuck---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Bu...wire-P363.aspx
If you chose any other color, you need this one---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Bu...wire-P364.aspx
You will need a 7.4V battery pack to power either of the above buck pucks. You can use something like this---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/74...Pack-P759.aspx
Finally, you are going to need this switch---> http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Pu...utton-P40.aspx
This kit has ALL of the BASIC electronics that you need! Don't get all crazy with extras! Build this one first and you can add sound to it when you know enough to do so!
Buy a 36" blade, this is the best one for a beginner--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/LE...-OD--P227.aspx
It is bright and YES, you can battle with it!
Tools you MUST have to do this project include:
1. Soldering Iron (Here is a link to a nice basic kit with EVERYTHING you will need!)--->http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062758
2. Heatshrink (1 foot is more than enough)--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/18...ubing-P32.aspx
3. PPE (personal protective eyewear), goggles, etc. You don't want to burn your eyeballs out with flying solder do you!
4. Drill and tap set--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/8-...l-set-P52.aspx
Used to drill and tap the hole for the blade set screw. BTW, you need a hand drill too!
5. Tap handle--->http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/Tap-handle-P54.aspx
Used to hold the tap while you tap the hole that you drilled for the blade retention screw.
Order all the "stuff" from steps 1-7
Don't visit the forum again until you get all of your stuff in the mail, you'll just confuse yourself!
Follow the basic MHS assembly tutorial--->http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com...read.php?t=326
Drill and tap your blade retention screw hole and add the screw!--->http://forums.thecustomsabershop.com...ead.php?t=5724
take a few digital pictures and upload them to--->http://www.photobucket.com
and then post them here for all of us to see!
Read, Read, Read and in no time you will be building more advanced sabers! (and the questions that you ask won't get you flayed alive!)
Last edited by Forgetful Jedi Knight; 07-15-2014 at 06:20 AM.
Reason: Updated electronics links. 7-15-14
I bought everything you told me to, but in the tutorial it says i need so much other stuff.
So to everyone wo is new to this, don't buy things that he says you need, you need so much more..
Last edited by kaptenfisk; 03-30-2012 at 06:59 AM.
Jedi Council Member
Please be aware of a topics age before posting...this was posted 3 1/2 years ago, and as such, is likely out of date, since the parts listed may no longer be available in the store, or are no longer necessary, or have simply been redesigned/changed. Heatsinks are no longer included with blade holders, and nylon screws are not necessary with the new design for the heatsinks.
Originally Posted by kaptenfisk
Last edited by Lord Dottore Matto; 03-30-2012 at 12:30 PM.
Yeah, sorry about that.
I just did what you said in Step 9:
"Don't visit the forum again until you get all of your stuff in the mail, you'll just confuse yourself"
LOL, well at least it is all updated now. Sorry it didn't work for you.
Originally Posted by kaptenfisk
I, for one, appreciate the "spoon feed". Even though I'm drawing alot of inspiration from other threads, this is a great place to start (even better with the updated info). So thanks for taking time to update (even if it was prompted by laziness).
I am sorry, but I am completely new here. I'm not sure what I need to buy when it comes to step 5, Do i need to buy a custom modular wiring kit if i buy the LED Module?
Yes, the link in the original post is outdated, this link http://www.thecustomsabershop.com/MW...uck--P748.aspx is the Modular Wiring Buck Puck that you will need to run the LED Module. It has quick connectors for all connections except for a resistor (only need a resistor for illuminated switches/accent LEDs). Make sure you get the right mA output for your particular LED setup.
Originally Posted by J-door8
Last edited by DarkarNights; 05-29-2012 at 02:34 PM.
So I am new and I am just wanting to build a hilt for a costume. I don't know what all I need to do this. I have the outer parts in my cart to make it look the way I want. I just don't know what I need to do as far as inner workings. I also want some form of end cap for were the blade goes (Non-visible) so that I don't look like I'm carrying around a hallow hilt. Any suggestions?