Flexible Pool Noodle Lightsaber
For a flexible lightsaber, check out the Make: how to found here. The build is super easy, and guaranteed fun for all ages!
Sturdy Pool Noodle Lightsaber
If you’d like a ‘saber that doesn’t hurt as much as the original, one made with a pool noodle is probably a good choice. This one uses an off-the-shelf hilt to supplement the “realism,” and a piece of 1/2″ PVC pipe as the core to keep it somewhat stiff.
Frozen Treat Lightsaber
For something a little different ‘saber-wise, you could always dress your frozen treats up as lightsabers. Actually, I’m kind of surprised that this isn’t already a food product (maybe it is?), given the Boba Fett-themed coffee creamer container that recently appeared in my refrigerator.
Lightsaber from Slip Joint Extension Tubing
Plumbing supplies can come together to make a remarkably good lightsaber replica. This one features a wooden dowel as the “blade.” Check out the red and blue special effects around 2:30!
Mini 3D Printed Lightsaber
If Jedi needed a pocket-saber for their spaceship keyring, something like this little guy would do the trick. Besides being tiny, the “flick quickly to fully extend” feature looks like fun!
3D Printed Obi Wan Lightsaber
There are, obviously, many ways to make a replica lightsaber. If you have a large enough 3D printer to support it, then that’s certainly an excellent option. As shared on Reddit, this Obi-Wan lightsaber model is just a download away!
Metal Lightsaber on CNC Lathe
3D printed round parts are good, but unless you have a metal 3D printer, it’s hard to beat a metal lathe for some jobs. This video, besides simply showing how to make a light saber, gives a good introduction on several lathe techniques!
Make a Realistic Lightsaber for $160
As should be obvious from this list so far, lightsaber replicas vary immensely in price and effort. Or, if you’re like “MrTinkerer,” you can build at least eight of them on your lathe. His Instructable ‘saber design comes in at a comparatively reasonable estimate of $160.
Lightsabers, as you may or may not know, don’t actually exist on earth. Possibly the next coolest thing is a laser, so Troy Powers decided to combine the two, making laser-powered ‘sabers. As seen on Make:, Powers was able to show off his creations at the Des Moines Mini Maker Faire.
Wooden Light Saber on Lathe
Metal lathes are great, but there’s something quite elegant about turned wood. This light saber is no exception, and you can see the build process in this Instructable!