Making a Custom Lightsaber Display!

We are completely smitten by the technology the Star Wars fan community have designed and incorporated into lightsaber prop replicas, which blow away the toys we had growing up. Norm shows off the features of a Saber Bay assembled hilt complete with Neopixel illumination and programmable effects, and sets about designing a custom laser-cut stand to put the hilt on display. A fun project to kick off the weekend, and next up will be weathering the prop!

Saber Bay lightsaber parts:
Latest RPF run of machined hilt:
Hilt designer is Denis Lukyanov lukyanov_d
Pixel blade adapters via ShtokCustomWorx
Chassis via Goth 3D Design and Saber Bay
Pixel Blade via Vader's Vault
Soundboard via Plecter Labs CFX

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  1. Paul Roden

    Paul Roden

    پیش 4 روز

    Looks amazing... great job Norm.

  2. 徐子雲


    پیش 8 روز

    Actually there’s a kind of acrylic board that guided light, you should give it a try! Love this video!

  3. Scott Kraft

    Scott Kraft

    پیش 12 روز

    What kind of glue did you use?

  4. Djrvc


    پیش 15 روز


  5. Scolis Mul

    Scolis Mul

    پیش 21 روز

    Hey that is truly unique I love the mix.. thinking of what u said about layering.. how about spacing layers of clear or opaque so they kinda reflect the ringed part of the saber

  6. Omar Essilfie-Quaye

    Omar Essilfie-Quaye

    پیش 21 روز

    Haha who says I stopped using a tape measure as a makeshift lightsaber

  7. GOTH-3Designs


    پیش 21 روز

    Very happy to be mentioned again in Tested :D Thank you!! The stand is really cool!

  8. VENOM TEC313

    VENOM TEC313

    پیش 21 روز

    Dude that looks dope as hell. That base looks awesome

  9. anile8tor9


    پیش 22 روز

    Wat you need to do is make the lightsaber as a projector for your phone to a large screen.

  10. Surreal Nirvana

    Surreal Nirvana

    پیش 22 روز

    Very Nice. You should get a blade plug so it has a pretty light show.

  11. Ian Glencross

    Ian Glencross

    پیش 23 روز

    Thanks Norm. Very Cool. I am now thinking of building a stand for my son's saber, and would like to start with your design as a basis for my own custom stand. ... But I couldn't find a link to any shared ai files??

  12. Alejandro Lopez

    Alejandro Lopez

    پیش 23 روز

    Did you make the files public? I don’t have a láser cuter but might try to do a similar stand with my 3d printer and different color filament . It looks amazing

  13. Christopher Angell

    Christopher Angell

    پیش 23 روز

    Denis Lukyanov only makes a replica of Luke's TLJ Creepy Uncle hilt not the ROTJ V1 Cave Scene Hilt. The grenade section features thicker rings, the d-ring is in a different position, the PCB card is shinier and golder, the box rails are thinner and sit flush with the box, and the emitter is taller ala the Obi-wan ANH hero. Basically it was based off a replica of Luke's ROTJ V1 not the actual ROTJ V1 prop.



    پیش 23 روز

    Awesome Saber

  15. James


    پیش 23 روز

    Norm that is freaking awesome. Nice job sir!

  16. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith

    پیش 24 روز

    Uh, how do the layers hold together? Is there a glue of some kind???

  17. Salvation73


    پیش 24 روز

    It looks like a Cyberpunk stapler. I want one.

  18. elliot kahn

    elliot kahn

    پیش 24 روز

    What adhesive did you use to connect all the parts?

  19. Ender


    پیش 24 روز

    I would love to have one of these lightsabers mounted to my wall as a light piece.

  20. Vijay Mohan Nadadhuru

    Vijay Mohan Nadadhuru

    پیش 24 روز

    Pls add subtitles to the videos pls

  21. CMorgan


    پیش 24 روز

    Looks freakin' fantastic! Congrats Norm :)

  22. Rhilianis


    پیش 24 روز

    Adam, please tell me that "A Destructive Wedge thru Memory Lane" wasn't some of the most fun you ever had on that show.

  23. Pasquale


    پیش 24 روز

    That came out great, Norm. Very cool!

  24. Vickie Bligh

    Vickie Bligh

    پیش 24 روز

    Nicely done, Norm. That's a beautiful stand.

  25. James Barisitz

    James Barisitz

    پیش 24 روز

    Great design Norm! The base is a mashup of Lukes speeder and an Apple phone. ✌

  26. wwwShadow7


    پیش 24 روز

    For some reason I thought it was a screen projector shaped like a light saber.

  27. Laochri


    پیش 24 روز

    I started building sabers just as EL Wire was phased out and High powered LED's were on the market. Crystal Focus was the one and only good sound modules produced.

  28. Eric Steele

    Eric Steele

    پیش 25 روز

    Dude fix you camera stutter...

  29. Obi-Shane


    پیش 25 روز

    I was about to make a a smoothswing comment until I clicked your description and saw that you do have a CFX in that saber, if you haven't accessed the menu and swapped to a different font I highly recommend it. Since smoothswing came out a couple years ago now, an algorithm written by thexter, the realism of lightsabers has been taken to a whole other level.

  30. YSG 2017

    YSG 2017

    پیش 25 روز

    Thumbnail: soldering iron holder

  31. John Hayes

    John Hayes

    پیش 25 روز

    The link dosen't have a completed prop?

  32. Joseph Azar

    Joseph Azar

    پیش 25 روز

    Norm, absolutely beautiful work! One of the most innovative light saber stands I’ve ever seen! You mentioned that you might upload the design files? I would definitely be interested in trying it out myself!

  33. Maskil Band

    Maskil Band

    پیش 25 روز

    WOW that awkward moment when Norm's "One Day Build" turns out just as good (if not better!?) as one of Adam's! Nice work, Norman. Smart approach to the materials and design elements.

  34. flukve


    پیش 25 روز

    Very cool great work!

  35. Gordon Weir

    Gordon Weir

    پیش 25 روز

    The thumbnail looks like a solder stand....

  36. Yoren McCann

    Yoren McCann

    پیش 25 روز

    Man, this looks dope!

  37. Steve Hill

    Steve Hill

    پیش 25 روز

    Totally smashed it Norm, great job! That circuit reflection is the icing on the cake 👍

  38. pedersenist


    پیش 25 روز

    That is a new Hade gift for people with kids. Those noise it makes.

  39. JWEC 98

    JWEC 98

    پیش 25 روز

    I wonder how you would design a Sonic Screwdriver stand.

  40. Anjuda Guitars

    Anjuda Guitars

    پیش 25 روز

    You really nailed it with this one Norm! Good job!

  41. Felix Garcia

    Felix Garcia

    پیش 25 روز

    Great job norm, looks awesome

  42. Ryan E.

    Ryan E.

    پیش 25 روز

    Very nice. And looking forward to you talking about figures with Jedha Patrol tonight!

  43. Paul Pieretti

    Paul Pieretti

    پیش 25 روز


  44. Mikkel Nielsen

    Mikkel Nielsen

    پیش 25 روز

    A great video as always, and lightsabers are ALWAYS cool. But what's with the framerates? It was very distracting when it dropped.

  45. Fishstix 420

    Fishstix 420

    پیش 25 روز

    Should 3d print a Luke's severed hand lightsaber stand.

    • Ian Bright

      Ian Bright

      پیش 22 روز

      Best idea of the year!

  46. Assassinlexx


    پیش 25 روز

    3 D print a socket that the base of the light saber fits into.

  47. John May

    John May

    پیش 25 روز

    Damn Norm, that stand is really nice! Quite blown away with how good it turned out. Superb work!

  48. James Evans

    James Evans

    پیش 25 روز

    "Pretty pleased" Norm it's incredible! And that light bleed on the top adds to it.

  49. Yunakura


    پیش 25 روز

    as someone who doesn’t watch star wars, I thought this was a screwdriver (doctor who) lol

  50. Dan Crum

    Dan Crum

    پیش 25 روز

    Does the framerate in this seem to change randomly to anyone else?

    • Yoren McCann

      Yoren McCann

      پیش 24 روز

      @jonathan_g It wasn't quite as bad as that for me, just a little confusing.

    • Dan Crum

      Dan Crum

      پیش 24 روز

      @jonathan_g it was definitely a struggle, almost made me nauseous a couple times

    • jonathan_g


      پیش 25 روز

      I had noticed it too. Made it pretty much unwatchable for me.

    • Yoren McCann

      Yoren McCann

      پیش 25 روز

      Yeah for me too! Thought it was just me and I was getting dizzy or something :D

  51. Akimos


    پیش 25 روز

    Cool looking thingy. And the bottom actually looks sweet.

  52. Pob brett

    Pob brett

    پیش 25 روز

    Ironically looks like it belongs on picards desk

  53. MackieStingray2040


    پیش 25 روز

    Galaxy's Edge lightsaber display just looks like a stapler....a "fancy" one

  54. Anthony Neelands

    Anthony Neelands

    پیش 25 روز

    I'm going to make one for my battlebot. Cool idea.

  55. Blaydsong


    پیش 25 روز

    Nicely done, Norm. :)

  56. Charlottethehousegoat


    پیش 25 روز

    Really beautiful 😍💚💚

  57. He man

    He man

    پیش 25 روز

    Norm never ages

  58. Konstantin Pinchuk

    Konstantin Pinchuk

    پیش 25 روز

    Hey Adam. What if a tall building collapses, and there are people on the very top, will there be a chance for them to survive while it is coming down?

  59. bzqp2


    پیش 25 روز

    I really like the circuitry visible on the edge. It looks like the stripes painted on the R1-G4 droid from New Hope!! :D

  60. RockSteddie


    پیش 25 روز

    Love this, looks amazing! Getting my first sabre soon and would love to have something as cool as this to display it on.

  61. Big Freds Customs

    Big Freds Customs

    پیش 25 روز

    Beautiful job Norm!! looks great!

  62. Umeed Bandu

    Umeed Bandu

    پیش 25 روز

    Try inverting it , make the acrylic part wood and the wooden part acrylic so you get the most out of your acrylic and also you can engrave patterns on acrylic and it catches the light differently and it looks like this really cool almost like a circuit board its really futuristic looking aswell as like a holographic effect

  63. AKLC


    پیش 25 روز

    Still waiting for Adam to deliver on his promise of his own custom lightsaber as a one day (+) build!

  64. Jeff Perryman

    Jeff Perryman

    پیش 25 روز

    That is a really nice piece. Well done!

  65. Pat Jackman

    Pat Jackman

    پیش 25 روز

    Ooooh! Nice. And the reversed LEDs are the crowning touch! Happy accident. Looks brilliant!

  66. Will V

    Will V

    پیش 25 روز

    Neopixel blade activated then taken off just to see the hilt still illuminated, a set of LEDS in hilt... MONUMENTAL!!!!💯🔥🔥🔥🔥 #Jedimindtricks

  67. GreyDevil


    پیش 25 روز

    I think the stand and base could incorporate some design to evoke a scene. Like have part of the hilt buried in ice to evoke the scene when Luke is in the ice cave with the wampa

  68. Jonathan Githens

    Jonathan Githens

    پیش 25 روز

    “…Maybe an old flashlight lightsaber…” Hell yeah “…or maybe an old tape measure…” wait what’s up?

    • Danielle Zepess

      Danielle Zepess

      پیش 23 روز

      When I was little, I couldn't wait for my mom to use up a roll of wrapping paper so that I could have the carboard tube! :)

  69. purple


    پیش 25 روز

    Cool design

  70. Got Wire

    Got Wire

    پیش 25 روز

    where is Adam who is this guy????????

  71. Rich Sangillo

    Rich Sangillo

    پیش 25 روز

    That is the Creepy Uncle. Luke's hilt from TLJ. One of the nicest hilts I have ever held

    • Rich Sangillo

      Rich Sangillo

      پیش 24 روز

      @Denis Lukyanov truly a work of art. I have 2

    • Denis Lukyanov

      Denis Lukyanov

      پیش 24 روز


  72. Herman Tan

    Herman Tan

    پیش 25 روز

    Is that Hot Toys Steve Rogers on the left? 😀

  73. Вилизарий Арлион

    Вилизарий Арлион

    پیش 25 روز

    Ребята дайте нам русских субтитров Boy give me russian subtitres

  74. Ralph Verkuijlen

    Ralph Verkuijlen

    پیش 25 روز

    That's really nice.

  75. Kristoffer Hellström

    Kristoffer Hellström

    پیش 25 روز

    Wow.. Looks awesome!

  76. Captain_ Reynolds

    Captain_ Reynolds

    پیش 25 روز

    If we had toys like that growing up you'd probably be wearing brown robes right now. 😁

  77. NPofficer


    پیش 25 روز

    That is beautiful!

  78. Build.Make.Create.


    پیش 25 روز

    great job on this stand. It really adds to the saber. It gives me a lot of ideas of what I can create.

  79. Scott Mantooth

    Scott Mantooth

    پیش 25 روز

    *who will now take this design as presented and instead of using acrylic make it truly hard core by replacing it with custom articulated and crafted/honed Pyrex and simulated beskar steel...and for the blue creating a mosaic using chips of lapis lazuli...* *expensive build absolutely but it would be very beautiful and promote great amounts of geek envy*

  80. Paul E

    Paul E

    پیش 25 روز

    The pattern carried by Obi Wan in IV, similar to yours here, was my very first CAD assembly project I did in SolidWorks when I was in tech school for machining. I had to do a great deal of research to get any dimensions at all, as the real prop was cobbled together from things like a rifle grenade, a sink faucet knob, and I believe even a part from a gas turbine. It was a fun and very rewarding project. Unfortunately some of that wasn't machinable with what I had available at school, like the wind vane from the grenade. One of these days I intend to physically make it though. :)

  81. greyrat


    پیش 25 روز

    Me: "Another fine addition to my collection" also Me: "I want more, but I know I shouldn't" Me regardless: "Another fine addition to my collection" Edit: my bank and GF are not impressed.

  82. NrGFoshizz


    پیش 25 روز

    flipping the LEDs worked perfectly! looks so cool

  83. UK Mike

    UK Mike

    پیش 25 روز

    Would be cool if the holder was Luke's hand showing robotics inside it

  84. Jeff Nickell

    Jeff Nickell

    پیش 25 روز

    Hey Norm!! Love the content. We used to use a long lighting standard that would light up under high tension power lines, before we found out that it was not good for us or the environment.

  85. jajaman531


    پیش 25 روز

    Nice!! Literally working on my saber so this was just in time.

  86. Michael


    پیش 25 روز

    I’m going to say what we are all thinking. That is one of the coolest lightsaber stands I have ever seen.

  87. rexy the first

    rexy the first

    پیش 25 روز


  88. CHOBE


    پیش 25 روز

    Not first



    پیش 25 روز


    • UK Mike

      UK Mike

      پیش 25 روز

      Attention seeking kids award

  90. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

    پیش 25 روز

    Saber Bay lightsaber parts: Latest RPF run of machined hilt: Hilt designer is Denis Lukyanov Pixel blade adapters via ShtokCustomWorx Chassis via Goth 3D Design and Saber Bay Pixel Blade via Vader's Vault Soundboard via Plecter Labs CFX

    • Paradox CityLife

      Paradox CityLife

      پیش 25 روز

      hi Adam, " let me know when its time to build a real light saber", lol, very cool!, :)

    • UK Mike

      UK Mike

      پیش 25 روز

      Would be cool if the holder was Luke's hand showing robotics inside it