How to Make a LED Light Nunchuck Set

led-nunchucks-complete-paintedAs hinted at in a previous post, I recently made some LED light nunchucks. Although light-up nunchucks aren’t a totally new idea, these are really easy to make, and turn off automatically when not in use.

What you’ll need to make this device is the following materials:

  • 2 “Fireflys” wheel lights (Available from Amazon)
  • 1 foot of 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • 1 foot of sturdy wire or string

led-nunchucks-light-paintingYou’ll also need tools including:

  • Drill
  • vise
  • Saw
  • 11/16 inch paddle bit
  • 3/16 inch drill bit

Most decently equipped garages or shops should have this stuff, but a drill press or milling machine would be quite helpful for getting the hole started.  The pictures and video after the “read more” should illustrate everything pretty well, but here’s how to make them:

  1. Cut your PVC into two pieces 6 inches long
  2. Drill each piece of PVC pipe to the depth of 4 1/2 inches.  It may help to start the hole in a drill press and finish with a hand drill to get the proper depth.
  3. Drill 3/8 inch diameter hole in the widened side of the nunchuck, approximately 1/2 inch from the base (through both sides).  Optionally, drill holes as desired on the other side for light to come through.
  4. Push a “Fireflys” LED unit into each nunchuck arm.
  5. Tie bases together, knotting on the outside, and running cord through inside of PVC pipe.
  6. Test.
  7. If desired, disassemble and paint nunchucks.

These are a lot of fun to use, but obviously caution is required and there is no guarantee of safety, even if used correctly.  As with everything here, make and use at your own risk!  The original version actually used the lights press fit into the widened side with the string/cord attached to the other side.  Although this was easier to make, the Fireflys could fly out if swung too forcefully.


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