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My modification of antique box from sewing machine Singer.
Most of parts are old junk or pulled from old equipment.

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Step 3: Hey, our rusty fellow's got new clothes.

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I've cleaned and repainted transformer and covered it with acrylic protective coating.
Should stay hundred years more, I guess.

As electrodes I've used couple of brass glass hangers from bar equipment.
I've found them in scrap bin near local restaurant which was closed for renovation.
They are two feet long and have such a right geometry so I've used them without modification.

Step 4: Old house has got new windows and door.

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I've designed electrical circuit and cut opening for all components.
Dremel with high speed cutter is very handy for this kind of job.

Step 8: We are still building strong foundation.

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Base plate is permanently fastened to side planks by wood screws.

Step 12: Shape is fully exposed

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I'm happy it's soft aluminum...

Step 14: There will be light!!!

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Those buttons are designed to work with incandescent lamp 30V 50 mA but I prefer modern solution.
I like to embed LEDs everywhere I can.

Step 15: So, how does it look now?

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Hey! It's nice to see old friends...

Here's analog meter from my other instructable.

Beautifully done.
conrad24685 years ago
Lol, replace that wimpy metal toggle switch with an SPST safety cover switch! THAT LIGHTS UP!!!
WolfVecho6 years ago
Wow now this looks good though I doubt it would fit in with my furniture but I'm sure I can find a spot
slayer_x9116 years ago
well, um... i'm speechless really looks like a must have in a mad scientist's lab :D outstanding, just simply outstanding
tesla coil6 years ago
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AP Digital light (author)  tesla coil6 years ago
rx31156 years ago
Could you also post schematics. this would be helpful. Thanks.
AP Digital light (author)  rx31156 years ago
It's on step 16
Thanks i missed that link
rx31156 years ago
What was the total price of this project?
AP Digital light (author)  rx31156 years ago
tech-king6 years ago
its nice, but the nst lack the power you need. see how, at the top 3rd of the ladder, the arc ceases to rise smoothly? instead, one side rises, then the other. this is caused by instability of the arc. as it gets longer, it needs more current to sustain itself. although the current does not drop too low for the ladder to work, it causes the arc to become unstable. i recommend a higher amperage supply if you can get one. otherwise, it looks nice.
ARIrish6 years ago
That is simply beautiful. One day I hope I'll have the time/patience/effort/resources to make something like that.
DrSimons6 years ago
While this isn't an original concept the craft work and presentation is far the nicest looking jacob's ladder I've seen. Good work!
unspecified6 years ago
Very nice.
uguy6 years ago
Most excellent project and documentation! I love your attention to detail. Very well done, thanks for sharing.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Wow! I never knew it was so easy to make something so beautiful. Wow!
Wow, great job! That 1st picture is awesome.
fma3216 years ago
truly one of the most polished instructables i have seen. If I saw this, I would think that singer was in the ladder business at some point.
Super nifty, I like. Dig the illuminated switches. Ever use neon indicator lamps for such a purpose? They have such a lovely orange glow to them.
PKM6 years ago
Steampunk science toys- full of win. You've clearly put a lot of effort into the presentation, and it really shows. +
DonQuijote PKM6 years ago
i see a growing number of steampunk gadgets around here, which delights me on every occasion i see another. go Steampunk!
Bongmaster6 years ago
nice work there :) really well made :)