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Nixie Tube Clock

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

So back on Feb 24 I was browsing around online. I came across some information about Nixie Tubes. I had read about them before, but this time I was a bit more intrigued for some unknown reason. Well suffice to say I ordered a kit from glowingtech.com.

My order was received on March 5 around 2 pm. I was finished by about 2am March 6th. Mind I had work at 3am…

Here is a video clip of the initial power on:

I was not very happy with the mismatched set of Nixie Tubes that was provided with my order, so I went to the eFlea market aka eBay. Unfortunately it took the better part of 3 weeks to get my order from Russia. However there was a method to my madness. I happened to get a beautiful matched set of tubes. Which I promptly dropped one of…

Yes that is twine *and* butcher's paper

This is the awesome box it came in. I really should have showed you the inside but I was a little excited about getting this thing finished… The tubes where packed very professionally and survived the voyage over to our humble US of A, that is until I dropped one…

Yep my brand new broken nixie tube

Yep my brand new broken nixie tube

Well after carefully removing the old tubes and cleaning the holes for re installation, I skilfully installed my new set of tubes. Fortunately for me one of the mismatched tubes matched my new set I got from Russia.

I know, I know I really should have taken a picture showing the beautiful matched set of tubes but alas I was too excited to be finally finishing this project to be bother with appeasing the internets at large. You will have to be satisfied with candid shots from the case construction.

Two short pieces and two long pieces make what?

Two short pieces and two long pieces make what?

I worked with my dad to come up with a design for this box. After cutting the pieces I started assembling the box in my buddy’s wood shop, with his help of course…

Here is a candid of the bottem plate with threaded holes.

This was not easy to create. Without the help of my Buddy and his drill press it would have been impossible…

Wow look at that wonderful aliengment!

Ahh the fruits of all that labour… As you can tell it is far from finished…

As you can see the tubes fit just right. They are held in there with the use of no glue. The holes are just cut that close to the size of the tubes.

You have no idea how hard it was to create that finish...

You have no idea how hard it was to create that finish...

Here is a pic of the finish on the Clock. It took many hours to create that look. I really think it was worth the effort. What do you think?

Now what else do I have up my sleeve?

Thats right LEDs!

Thats right LEDs!

Yep! Those are bi-color Leds. I busted out my soldering gun and went to town on them. I used 560ohm resistors if you where going to ask… That is telephone style, solid core wire. I used an on-off-on switch so the end user could choose to illuminate the clock in awesome blue or whimpy red. In fact the red was so whimpy I didn’t even grace it with a picture.

I love this pic. Grabs phone. Apply as wall paper? YES!

I love this pic. Grabs phone. Apply as wall paper? YES!

Here she is in the from the top view. See the picture description for more details.

Yes I know I screwed the pouch on the gluing...

Yes I know I screwed the pouch on the gluing...

Can you guess this is my first attempt at glueing acrylic pieces together? With the leds on in a dark room it looks pretty awesome so I’m happy.

Mission Acomplished!

Mission Acomplished!

Well here you go. The clock is finished and the recipient is ecstatic. Mainly I think she was happy I delivered after weeks of telling her I was waiting on parts…

Eventually I will upload I clip of the clock in the new owner’s home…

If anyone would like more information on this build don’t hesitate, please contact me. I may even send you my template I made for cutting the holes for the Nixie Tubes…