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MAKE Flickr photo pool member Jonny5rd writes –

“I made the tree a long time ago (i believe i was 12 or so), but several improvements have been made this year.

First i hollowed out the trunk (with careful drilling), and drilled small holes through to each branch level. I then fed magnet wire up through the trunk and out the holes, and soldered on the LEDs. The red LEGO brick in back houses the resistor and power switch; the base is some random PCB i scrounged.

This year i substituted a USB plug for the original wall-wart that powered it, and added the Festivus pole. The latter is removable for storage and is, of course, made from aluminum tubing (Very high strength-to-weight ratio).

Happy Holidays!”Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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