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    I learned quite a few things while assembling my first lightsaber. In no particular order:

    1. Soldering takes practice.
    2. Aluminum is a lot lighter than it appears.
    3. Never trust that your dad's 20-year-old 8-32 tap is still in good shape.
    4. Swearing at your soldering iron doesn't improve your ability to solder.
    5. Heat shrink tubing doesn't always shrink as much as you think it will.
    6. Wear sunglasses when you press the power button for the first time.
    7. LED stars are TINY.
    8. Measure your wires BEFORE you start soldering them together.
    9. Wear safety glasses. You never know when hot solder will pop at you.
    10. Tim makes some fantastic parts!


    This is just a simple MHS stunt saber, Seoul P4 green LED with trans white blade (no wrap) and buckpuck. I named it "Hatchling" since it is my first illuminated saber, and it showed me that I have a lot of room to grow as a saber builder. Also, I *really* need to work on my soldering skills!





    Sorry about the poor picture quality, my fiancee left today and took my good camera with her.

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    Looks good to me! Congrats! I think that even the most seasoned saber smiths feel they have room for improvement! Remember few (if any of us) are experts at everything this hobby has to offer. Once again good job!
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    looks good...great job on your first sabre!
    although I am going to have to revise my jedi sabre concept since this is nearly identical to it. grrr

    now to the second part...is your fiancee just at work? or worse? lol (well I hope it's a lol situation)
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    She was only visiting for the weekend. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I don't think we should live together until after we're married. I don't want to be cheated out of the newlywed experience

    After looking through my Box-O-Junk, I found an uncut piece of sinktube that's just crying to be made into a shroud for this saber. Perhaps tomorrow I will test my dremel-fu.

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    #4 quite true, but that doesn't stop us from trying. It is like hitting the tv to make the static go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Serpent View Post
    I learned quite a few things while assembling my first lightsaber. In no particular order:

    1. Soldering takes practice.
    2. Aluminum is a lot lighter than it appears.
    3. Never trust that your dad's 20-year-old 8-32 tap is still in good shape.
    4. Swearing at your soldering iron doesn't improve your ability to solder.
    5. Heat shrink tubing doesn't always shrink as much as you think it will.
    6. Wear sunglasses when you press the power button for the first time.
    7. LED stars are TINY.
    8. Measure your wires BEFORE you start soldering them together.
    9. Wear safety glasses. You never know when hot solder will pop at you.
    10. Tim makes some fantastic parts!
    Spoken like a true veteran. Keep it up man, it's good to reflect on what you've learned. You only learn more from here on out!

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    Good stuff man! Looks brilliant! I can imagine the feeling you felt when your completed saber ignited for the first time... addicting isn't it? (oh and if that's old fashioned? I think we all need a time machine )
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    I like your taste in saber styles, very close to something I'm currently working on.

    AK-47s and Lightsabers, both so fun to build

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    1. Soldering takes practice.
    Yes, it does. Like anything.

    5. Heat shrink tubing doesn't always shrink as much as you think it will.
    It usually shrinks about 50%. What are you using, 1/4"?

    7. LED stars are TINY.
    No, that's not tiny, but it depends on your point of reference. They aren't tiny when you've soldered things that are the size of a large grain of sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi-Loreen View Post

    It usually shrinks about 50%. What are you using, 1/4"?

    Unfortunately Lowe's only had 3/8" when I went there. I thought maybe it'd work. By the time I started assembly, all the local hardware stores were closed. Luckily there's a Harbor Freight in a nearby town that I'll check out. My brother does a good bit of electrical work, and remembers seeing it there.

    Yes, the first ignition is like a drug. I'm not sure if I can wait to give it to my fiancee at Christmas, or if it'll be a wedding present this October. I believe I should take it down to the Things Remembered shop and get it engraved for her.

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