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  • Kumiko Nixie Clock

    Hi all!

    I've been busy with making this Nixie Tube clock with a kumiko panel on the front. I've never done kumiko before but I can see the appeal: It's pretty relaxing.

    https://youtu.be/LIkUUtoEK3A

    The box is tiger maple, with a red/brown dye to accentuate the figure. I used shellac for the finish. The box is made with miters, no reinforcement needed as the clock really wont see a whole lot of handling in it's life. I didn't want to interrupt the grain with splines, or anything like that.

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    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Cheers!
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    Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

    Do you know something we dont ?
    Looks like its a doomsday countdown clock.
    I like it.
    • “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”Winston Churchill

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      Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

      Some other pictures from other angles would be good. Looks nice from the front, but I bet even nicer from the top and sides.
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        Never heard of a nixie clock before this. Where do you buy the parts/ kit? (Edit: OK, watched the video. I got it. I don't understand it, but I got it)

        Nice job on the kumiko.
        Last edited by Kayak Jim; 04-07-2021, 04:44 PM.

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          Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

          Another one bitten by another bug, what next?
          More pictures please.
          Very nice, thanks.

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            Beautiful work. Nice to see a card scraper put to use on difficult grain. Most videos would skip that part. Like the river epoxy too. Look forward to more of your work.
            Anyone who doesn’t think money grows on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.

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              Always loved Nixies, I had a Hickock digital meter that had a removable plug in for function, with the Nixie display above.

              I had a DC volts, OHMS, and capacitance plug in....

              Nice job on the clock.......Rod.
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                Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                Scott,

                Thanks for sharing. Nice design, beautiful craftsmanship and great introduction (for me) to this field of electronics.

                I may have missed it, but where is the steam generator?

                Salut,

                J.

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                  Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                  I’ve built several of these nixie clock kits. They are really fun to build.

                  For those that are interested, here is a link to where I bought the kits. These kits are good quality and he stands behind what he sells. They get pretty pricey as the tube size increases.

                  https://www.pvelectronics.co.uk/

                  Steve

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                      Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                      Originally posted by redlee View Post
                      Do you know something we dont ?
                      Looks like its a doomsday countdown clock.
                      I like it.
                      Yup lol! The countdown prevents numbers from degenerating, called "cathode poisoning." It's also like a little mini celebration every 12 hours.

                      Originally posted by Stuart Jacobs View Post
                      Some other pictures from other angles would be good. Looks nice from the front, but I bet even nicer from the top and sides.
                      Lots of glamour shots in the linked youtube video, but I provided more for you above. Thanks!

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                      Originally posted by Kayak Jim View Post
                      Never heard of a nixie clock before this. Where do you buy the parts/ kit? (Edit: OK, watched the video. I got it. I don't understand it, but I got it)

                      Nice job on the kumiko.
                      I believe you might be able to get kits with printed PCB boards as well. No need to get as deep into the electronics as I did.

                      Originally posted by bkrits View Post
                      Another one bitten by another bug, what next?
                      More pictures please.
                      Very nice, thanks.
                      Too many hobbies, too little time! Now I seek to combine them into a single project, lol! Next up, fully automated router table with auto fence and lift! Okay, maybe not next but soon hopefully.

                      Originally posted by Kunzwerks View Post
                      Beautiful work. Nice to see a card scraper put to use on difficult grain. Most videos would skip that part. Like the river epoxy too. Look forward to more of your work.
                      It's very satisfying when I can get fluffy shavings out of a simple metal rectangle. Sharpening/burnishing a card scraper is something that took me a while to get the hang of. Seemed simple in theory, but I didn't get the results I wanted without some time and practice.

                      Lol the river epoxy was a joke that I hope I didn't confuse anyone by. The bark inclusion needed stabilization, or I was worried it would crack apart while working on it.

                      Originally posted by Rod Sheridan View Post
                      Always loved Nixies, I had a Hickock digital meter that had a removable plug in for function, with the Nixie display above.

                      I had a DC volts, OHMS, and capacitance plug in....

                      Nice job on the clock.......Rod.
                      That sounds interesting?! Was the entire display nixie tubes?

                      Originally posted by Jacques Gagnon View Post
                      Scott,

                      Thanks for sharing. Nice design, beautiful craftsmanship and great introduction (for me) to this field of electronics.

                      I may have missed it, but where is the steam generator?

                      Salut,

                      J.
                      I like the vibe the smoke from the soldering iron gives my videos. I should probably invest in a smoke machine for more!

                      Originally posted by Steve T View Post
                      I’ve built several of these nixie clock kits. They are really fun to build.

                      For those that are interested, here is a link to where I bought the kits. These kits are good quality and he stands behind what he sells. They get pretty pricey as the tube size increases.

                      https://www.pvelectronics.co.uk/

                      Steve
                      Interesting! I figured there must be kits out there but I prefer to build everything from scratch. I like to get my hands dirty with microcontrollers and (sometimes) the coding that goes in them. I'll be using another MCU for automating my dust collection system soon.

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                        Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                        That’s amazing Scott! I am trying to learn electronics and I wish I had your knowledge. My background is in healthcare, so it’s challenging for me to pick up.

                        Steve

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                          Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                          I wish there where new manufacturers of Nixie tubes. They are cool but super expensive to get components and then you need to test them.
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                            Gabriel

                            The regular size tubes aren’t too bad for price. There isn’t any need to test the, if you get them from a reputable source.

                            There is a guy in Latvia (I believe) that has a factory and is making amazing tubes. Crazy expensive though.

                            https://www.daliborfarny.com

                            Steve

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                              Re: Kumiko Nixie Clock

                              Originally posted by Steve T View Post
                              Gabriel

                              The regular size tubes aren’t too bad for price. There isn’t any need to test the, if you get them from a reputable source.

                              There is a guy in Latvia (I believe) that has a factory and is making amazing tubes. Crazy expensive though.

                              https://www.daliborfarny.com

                              Steve
                              Crazy expensive... I am not buying a tube for over a hundred euros. You have to build them for over 2000$ to make a profit with something like that and let's be honest you need to be something special to spend anywhere close to that for a clock when most people just use their phones for everything.

                              Clocks and watches today are ornamental and nothing more.... Kind of like a sundial.
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