Water lily night light

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Project by nick85 posted 05-04-2012 12:37 AM 1466 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

(I realize this project is mixed media, so if it does not comply with the “Wood Only” rule for posted projects I apologize)

I wanted to make my niece a 3rd birthday present that she could -hopefully- keep for many years, rather than something too childish or girly. I had some RGB LED strip and thought that a night light would be appropriate for her age.

I made the base from a 6×6 chunk of walnut, rough cut to resemble a lily pad, then turned on the lathe to give it a concave center. I then hollowed out the bottom with a router to house the wiring and switches, and drilled mounting holes in from the side. I gave it a light sanding and coat of poly, then upholstered the bottom with some black felt to hide the guts.

I cut petals from some clear glass with white marbling, and an opaque pink sheet. Burnished with copper foil and soldered from the inside out. Put a little patina on the edges to get an aged look. I coiled the LEDs in the center of the base, and tacked it in place with hot glue. Then tacked the glass on top of the LEDs.

I used a volume control knob as a dimmer, and red, green, and blue switches to control each color. She can opt for almost any primary or secondary color, which is kind of cool… Originally the switches were going to light up when selected, but strip LEDs have a common positive, which is reverse from everything else in the world. =/

Video of it in use

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 01:34 AM

The base of this is wood, the glass is just accents for this, and the power shouldn’t count, like the light in a wall unit build. It’s a great looking piece and I bet your niece will love it.

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#2 posted 05-04-2012 04:04 AM

Wow! That’s lovely.


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#3 posted 05-04-2012 07:06 AM

Looks great

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#4 posted 05-04-2012 07:03 PM

these are the things that make our youngsters drool—-no one else will have one which make her special to her friends and no doubt you to her

-- The price of the project can be found in the smiles of those who receive it. Some things are priceless.

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