Change of plans...I may go acrylic for the light stand. I just spent 1.5hours with some aluminum bar stock, a hacksaw, and a hand drill...NOPE!
Too much work trying to cut by hand, then drill holes for the angles and whatnot, and then find I am off by 2mm (which cause misalignment).
I can buy acrylic on ebay and have the seller make up to 5 cuts for free. A base that will fit the 7.5g cube made of 0.5in acrylic plus some 0.5in supports glued together ought to hold the light.
Man, just wasted $30.00! on screws and aluminum...
At least now I know! Hand tools just dont cut the mustard! At least I can use some of it to fix the fan to the heatsink when that junk comes. Thank GOD for those thermal adhesive pads from nano! Theres NO WAY Id do this if I had to drill and tap 16 holes! I hate not having tools...Hand tools...Pshhh!
One day when i am a successful engineer, I will have an advanced tool shop!
As for arduino, I will have to learn it as well. I just see that its a promising thing to get involved with. Should be a fun side project after the light is up and running!