Picture of Lamina Nixie Clock
This is my first instructable and I hope you will like it. I have been reading this website for a while now and I decided to publish my project. I am non-native English speaker please excuse my language mistakes.

This project is inspired by a previous instructable from Hellboy and his Lantern Clock. In the meanwhile he came out with the Cyclops which has a kind of similar concept as mine, but God see my heart, I just took the Lantern clock as my starting point. Anyway I would like to thank him for that inspiration.

When I first saw Hellboy's clock, I said I want something like that. So I sat to my desk switched on my computer and started to design. After a while I came up with the final plan.

The rendered 3d image looked quite OK for me.

For the wooden parts I wanted to use wenge wood but I could not get wenge in that size for a reasonable price. So I decided to use the old proven walnut and maple combination.

I realized soon enough that finding a similar brass disks and gears what matching my design is quite impossible so I decided to make them, but I did not know how yet. The turning would kill my little Unimat machine, which set is meant  to make small parts not these big ones, so I just put them on hold for a while until I find a solution and start the rest. And lately, the solution came to me by itself.

List of Materials, tools:

-walnut timber
-maple timber
-acrylic tubes
-circular saw, scroll saw
-drill and router machines
-brass rods, pipes
-threaded rods
-brass sheets
-screws, bolts
-lots of sandpaper
-nixie clock kit
-12v power adaptor
-soldering iron
-safety gloves, eye protection


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themadcat2 years ago
Hello! Your project is really grate!
Can i ask you to describe tools and machines you had used during this project please?
Thank you!
zorwick (author)  themadcat2 years ago
Thank you themadcat! :)

I mainly used the Unimat hobby set to complete the clock. You can find all the informations from the set here: http://www.thecooltool.com/index_e.php

I have the Classic set and a lot of extra accessories plus a circular saw set to cut almost everything up to a certain (not too much) thickness. They have the Metal Line set which is much better for any work. I have some parts from that set since I broke some plastic tool from the Classic set.

The machine set has pros and cons of course. I got the Classic set as a gift a few years back so I upgraded that slowly. If I would start from scratch, knowing what I am going to do with machines like those I would go for dedicated machines. Circular saw like what I have or Proxxon circular saw for half price. For turning I would buy an old small engineer turning machine. Even Unimat had it in the past. They are last forever. Also a small and precise bench drill could be handy. All those dedicated machines are strong reliable, just what you need!

The Unimat sometimes is not enough or not that strong as a dedicated machine but there is always a solution to fix problems.
I always need a table router or 3D router or just something special for one little thing. Than the Unimat comes handy and I can build any machine what I want.

I dont promote any brand and I dont really have favorites. I prefer sturdy and precise tools. I really like my Unimat, but I am ok with my "SKILL" super cheap off brand sanding machine, which is strong and noisy and when it breaks I will throw away and buy another one :)

I hope this answers your question :)


Nice job my man. Pure genius I must say. Where did you by that Nixie Clock pcb?

victorvector3 months ago

Fantastic project , and your english language skills are just fine zorwick.

Well done indeed !

So beautiful!!!
diy_bloke7 months ago

Thanks for pointing out the FabLab. I noticed we have one where i live too. might be an option if i need some cutting or printing

diy_bloke7 months ago


niels.vanhooij11 months ago

where did you get the wooden panels with the 5mm thickness.

zorwick (author)  niels.vanhooij11 months ago
Well, for the first clock I have bought them from a model shop through internet, for the next clocks I make them myself, I buy the wood and slice them. See on the pictures!


Thanks for your fast reply :). havent thought about model shops yet. Doh.
bazsa1 year ago

Gratulálok, nagyon szép munka :) El tudnék viselni egy ilyet otthon :)

pepy1 year ago


DGraff7011 year ago

This clock is wonderful! I would love to make one of these as a gift for a friend. Do you have the wood templates on a PDF perhaps?

zorwick (author)  DGraff7011 year ago
Hi, I am making these clocks for sale, therefore unfortunately I could not provide more detailed informations.
Of course if you decide to make your own nixie clock and you have technical questions I am happy to help.

Thank you for understanding!


Darosberg1 year ago

Very nice indeed.

What 3D program did you use for the initial design?

zorwick (author)  Darosberg1 year ago

Thank you Darosberg,

Initially I used pencil and paper, then 3dMax. :)

afoxx1 year ago
I love it! Very nice sir. :)
Advar1 year ago
If you sell these, please sign me up! Awsome job! :)
zorwick (author)  Advar1 year ago
Thank you!

I am making and selling these clocks on woodize.com
At the moment I don't have this type on stock only others, but soon will be.


agent_k822 years ago
Really great Work, amazing. Can you put one for sale?
zorwick (author)  agent_k822 years ago
I sent you a PM regarding your question.
gknauss2 years ago
Just happened across this post. All I can say is "...wow...". Very nice execution, clean and well-formed design that balances out the beauty of those little Nixie tubes. You have quite an artful eye to pull this design off, I wouldn't change a thing. In reading your pdf instructions, you sound like the type of individual that plans things out quite a bit, and checking to make sure that "all-is-well" before moving on to the next step, it shows in your work. You have provided me with plenty of inspiration in using those little Nixie tubes, they almost beg to be used in a project. Thanks for sharing.
zorwick (author)  gknauss2 years ago
Thank you for your very nice compliments! Yes indeed I dont like something to just glue together and it will be ok kind of way to make things :) As a person who first open every machine, toy, tool to see what is inside, I planed all the parts to be manufacturable, openable, replaceable, maybe not always choose the easy way, but there is a way always :) This clock took a while to complete I have modified a lot before I cut the final parts. Since than, I have already made 3 of them for some request and I am making 2 more. I did change a little, not the outside but just a way of how to assemble and fabricate. Thanks again!
cparsley2 years ago
This clock is amazing artwork. I would never attempt to make it myself. How much would it cost to purchase?
asawyer52 years ago
This is awesome - if you ever go into production I'd be willing to pay quite a lot for one of these
Warp Racer2 years ago
Nice craftsmanship Zoltan. If you go ahead with a planned production run, please let me know. :)
longpcb2 years ago
Hi! Your Project is very nice!
I want to make for myself the nixie clock the same you! If you can send to me the pdf document please! Thank you very much! My Email: longpcb@gmail.com
nwitte2 years ago
This if fabulous. I would buy one if I could. Absolutely beautiful in every detail. The tubes of most Nixie clocks are fascinating but usually are set in the most dreary containers. Very well done!
zorwick (author)  nwitte2 years ago
Thank you!
I will keep you updated when it comes to production.

All the best!

diegofenner2 years ago
That's a piece of art! Amazing.
zorwick (author)  diegofenner2 years ago
Thank you!
mamajr962 years ago
Approximately how much did the whole project cost.
jakekusters2 years ago
Is it possible to get the templates for the woodwork?
IronWill3 years ago
This is amazing, well done.

perhaps i've missed it but what is the circuit diagram for this clock? i see the parts but not the way to arrange them.
anim8er3 years ago
A work of art!
zorwick (author)  anim8er3 years ago
Thank you!
Fukkel3 years ago
very very cool !!!
zorwick (author) 3 years ago
I have added a packaging update.
gentry3 years ago
This is great. How long did it take you to make it?
zorwick (author)  gentry3 years ago
It took a lot of time to finish the design, play around with materials and different solutions and so... To finish this first clock, it took around 3 month time, of course I had no time to work on it every day:). To replicate, it would take a 2 weeks, I guess, if I have all the necessary components.
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