Vacuum Tube Chess Set

This chess set made from vacuum tubes is pretty stunning. Plug a tube into a square and the top lights up. I doubt that the pins will stand up to very many games of chess, but it is lovely to look at.

Vaccum Tube Chess Set via Make

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Sandisk1duo8 years ago
wouldn't the tubes get hot?
Look like LEDs inside. L
oh i thought that those were actual vacuum tubes
They look like real tubes, which are mirrored inside (to retain heat I guess). But look more closely and it would appear that a circle has been cut out the top and LED devices put inside to create the images? L
gmoon lemonie8 years ago
(Useless) tube triva: the silver coating in valves is generally the getter coating on the inside of the glass tube.

It's a reactive compound that absorbs any remaining gases the vacuum pumping process missed.
And knowing is half the battle...
lemonie gmoon8 years ago
Thankyou, now we know! L
Goodhart8 years ago
very cool
Am Per Sand8 years ago
I like tubes, and I like chess! Double yey!