Week 3 : New York map acrylic light

As I saw the amazing Bulbing Lamp from the reference, I want to challenge myself to make a acrylic LED light from scratch! I will be etching the NY map onto an acrylic, and use soldering to connect the LEDs, wires and batteries at the base.

Tools needed:

  • C Clamp
  • Hand Drill
  • Ruler
  • Wood for the base
  • Cardboard for testing
  • Acrylic for the light bulb etching
  • Bend saw(?)
  • Solder
  • Laser cutter
  • LED lights x 5
  • 2 wires
  • Resistor x 5
  • Battery


Step 1: Use Adobe illustrator to create etching design


Step 2: Test out the etching and cutting methods in Laser cutter

Step 3: Laser cut the final design into acrylic


Step 4:  Start solder LED lights, wires and resistors to batteries!

Don’t know why I just love soldering!

Step 5: Cutting a hole for LED to go through

I do not quite know how to make a hole in the middle of the wood, so I asked the shop staff for help. He suggested me to drill a hole first and use the bend saw. I lift up the little saw in between and fit right into the hole I drilled earlier. I tried several attempts but I feel like it won’t go straight enough. Is there a better to way to drill a hole in the middle of the wood block other than CNC? This technique would be helpful if I knew. As I saw on Youtube videos, carpenters use a saw that is from the below?

Step 6: Stable LEDs and wood with glue gun

One Response

  1. Nice work.
    The saw you were using is called the scroll saw and it is the right tool for making an opening in the middle of wood. My guess is the saw blade was not set with the correct amount of tension. We can look at it during office hours if you’d like.

    I’d like to know more about the wooden box. How does the acrylic stay in place? Is it open on the bottom? Is there an on/off switch?

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