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stevef22

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11-26-2010 03:32 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jewelry box hobby fiber optic light electronics

I am designing a jewelry box for someone who I love. My design for the box includes a switch that when you open the lid on the underside I am going to carve a night scene with a moon and stars. I want the switch to turn on a switch and make the stars glow with fiber optic cables. I want to hide the battery box in the bottom of the box. Have you guys ever seen any electronics incorporated into woodworking projects? Do you suggest any website to that sells a switch a switch and hobby lights for this application? I was thinking fiber optic lights for the starts. Link below. Any feedback or ideas would be much appreciated. How will I make the stars “twinkle”? Lots of questions here. Sry

Fiber Optic Kit
http://www.amazon.com/Fiber-Optic-Decorating-Light-Fibers/dp/B000EBTQE6


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#1 posted 11-26-2010 04:08 AM

That’s very sweet, Steve. But you don’t need to make me a jewlery box. I don’t even wear much jewlery.

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#2 posted 11-26-2010 06:18 AM

Dont know if this helps but you could check out some of the hobby places that deals with model trains, as they deal with minature lights and switches etc.

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#3 posted 11-26-2010 07:06 AM

There are a gazillion sites for electronics. Try your local a local radio shack or two- it’s not so overwhelming. Some shacks just have clerks, some have nerds that can actually help. And the price saving for online with shipping and small quantity isn’t really an issue. For the switch, think about your refrigerator door light switch. Something similar will work, but smaller for a jewelry box. A few electronics places of different flavors to check out if you want.

www.sparkfun.com – lots o’ fun and tutorials
www.jameco.com – not to overwhelming
www.mouser.com – where we used to get parts

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#4 posted 11-26-2010 05:33 PM

Thx for all the tips! LOL Jim. I will keep posted progress. Im thinking of different hinge / open schemes where I can complete a simple circuit to activate the lights. I dont want to see a big ugly switch. Thx again!

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KayBee

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#5 posted 11-26-2010 06:56 PM

Doesn’t have to be a big, ugly switch. Use something like this micro switch and pull the plastic cover off.

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062541

Haven’t figured out the twinkle yet.

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#6 posted 11-26-2010 07:29 PM

Theresa is right on. There are a lot a model train suppliers that have what you want. Try Walther’s. They are the largest but there are others.

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#7 posted 11-26-2010 07:54 PM

For the twinkle, I’d use multiple LEDs, each bundled with a separate group of the fiber optic strands. Then, build/buy an electronic circuit that would turn on the LEDs in some sequence.

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