Love retrotech? Think nixie tubes are totally rad, and you want to make a thing out of them? Well, have I got news for you! You're in luck - because that's exactly what we're going to do!
You will need the following for the clock itself:
Optionally, you can build a simple box to enclose your clock! This tutorial will not go over that - but I will give you some tips at the end.
You can find links to the code on my github project page, here.
Original Hardware design: Yan Zeyuan
Original Library design: Weihong Guan
Initial Code Tweaks: Bob Edmiston
Reference screenshots for idea of pin-outs if you're lost.
Unfortunately, this is not a how to use Arduino tutorial. Please be sure you understand how to properly communicate with your board via the Arduino IDE. If you understand these steps, please proceed. If not - I recommend watching some youtube videos to catch up in order to proceed beyond this point.
If everything has gone correctly, you should see the current time! Please note there is currently no distinguishing between AM and PM. This is standard time, not military time (i.e. the left-most tube will only say 0 or 1).
Woodworking isn't something that comes naturally to most electronics geeks. I chose to buy some cheap oak plywood and design a simple box with finger joints using a design I drafted on graph paper. I used a scroll saw, some wood glue, clamps, a sander with fine grit (#120) and some velcro to design the box you see in the pictures above. There are tons of great tutorials on creating simple wooden boxes right here on Instructables, as well as YouTube. Good luck - and safety first!