Cedar fiber optic box

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Project by stevef22 posted 12-28-2010 04:06 AM 3831 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ive had this idea in my head for a long time. I wanted to create something organic and rustic looking like an artifact from lord or the rings, upon opening the box you find a starry night and in mysterious woods. I like the idea of technology and wood. The circuit is from a flame less LED Candle. The circuits pulsates 3 LEDs to drive the fiber optic stars and makes them twinkle. My first jewerly box and my first circuit project. Next project will use more knotty burly wood to make the box look more wicked. I learned allot with this project.

YouTube Video – LED Fiber Optic Box

—Steve Flannery, San Antonio, TX

—Steve Flannery, San Antonio, TX

Thanks for looking. If anyone knows where I can find jewelry box clasps, hinges, locks and keys it would be much appreciated. I stole the front hinge from a cigar box.

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 04:13 AM

That’s a great idea ;-) nice job, but I can’t find the Big Dipper!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 04:15 AM

This is so very cool, I’ve always loved the idea of mixing woodworking and electronics too. I think you did it beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 04:27 AM

What a cool idea! My head is spinning with the wonders of possibilities. You most definitely did good Steve…

BTW…. great video and the music matched perfectly (I never heard Dave Matthew Band’s rendition of that.. Very cool!)

Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 04:35 AM

very very kool idea. neat project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 04:57 AM

Cool box! Rockler and Woodcraft each sell the hardware for jewelry boxes.


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 05:16 AM

very nice box, love the idea od wood an lights myself. i only thought about cainets with led strips or something. The best place to get cheap brass hardware from in any size is they have a catalog that is just that. good luck! can’t wait to see the next one.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 05:17 AM

Interesting idea and design. Where did you put the wires an battery?

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 05:28 AM

Steve, A very cool idea and an great looking box. Did you set it up to come on only when the box is open?
Look forward to seeing more.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 05:30 AM

if u like this box your gonna like this cabinet in search look up “cabinets with BRAINS” by josh lawson its pretty cool.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 12-28-2010 05:30 AM

Thanks for all the comments fellow woodworkers!!!,

clieb91, In the base of the tree is a micro switch that presses on the wood insert. The stars only turn on when the lid is opened. 300hrs of battery life expected.

Greg, The wires, fiber optic, batteries are located inside the lid. Watch video for total picture.

YouTube Video – LED Fiber Optic Box

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 05:42 AM

Very creative thinking, I would like to know more when you get a chance. I found Lee Valley to be a good source for the hardware you want.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#12 posted 12-28-2010 06:04 AM

Jack, The stars are powered by 3 white LEDS. The circuit consists of these main parts.

1. 2 AAA Batteries, Each 1.5V, Combined power 4.5 Volts
2. The pulsating circuit ( The green circle ) I did not design the circuit, Im not that smart, yet.
3. The switch located in the bottom of the tree trunk ( The tiny brown circle ) This turns off the stars when the lid is closed
4. LEDs and Fiber

  • I added video embedded to my description. Watch the video for full effect. Thank you for your comments!!!
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#13 posted 12-28-2010 09:57 AM

a really wonderful and unique project. I really like the combination of fiber optics and wood I am seeing more of it lately. (maybe because I am looking more)

-- RayCurtis

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#14 posted 12-28-2010 10:05 AM

wow what a unique take on using wood
cant wait to see what you think up next!
magical castles…....??

-- Theresa,

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#15 posted 12-28-2010 01:22 PM

That turned out very well. I like the style of tree you chose, blowing in the wind. I look forward to your next project you spoke of

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