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This is my first attempt at a vaguely Steampunk make. I've always been impressed by the way Steampunk blends function and aesthetics. Just a little background about myself: I have been a garage woodworker for about 15 years (since before I had a garage), and an electronics dabbler for about a year now, ever since I started working for one of the Instructables affiliate companies (I won't say which, but it's not that hard to figure out).

Please forgive the quality of these photos. 

For the electronics of this project I referenced fellow Instructable author iideetee
Various free programs used were Eagle, and Google SketchUp.

I should warn now that I'm not big on measurements. I use them when I'm working, but you shouldn't expect to see any. This 'ible is for inspiration not mass production.

Parts list:
Clock workings
1x 4060IC 14 bit ripple counter
3x 4024ICs 7 bit ripple counter
2x 4082ICs dual input AND gates
1x 32.768 quartz crystal (salvage this from an old clock or watch. it looks like a small silver cylinder with two wires sticking out)
1x 10Mohm resistor
1x 220kohm resistor
1x 15pF capacitor
1x 2-22pF trimmer
1x "M" sized (2.1mm) DC panel mount jack
3x N.O. momentary push buttons
1x N.C. momentary push button
3x 14.7ohm resistors
17x 470ohm resistors
17x leds in whatever colors you like (Radio Shack offers a value pack of led's that are way cheaper than buying individually, but the colors are limited to red, yellow, green and amber)
I used 5x 14 pin IC sockets and one 16 pin socket because I was afraid of ruining my IC's when I soldered them
plenty of wire (I used 22 gauge)
1x printed circuit board.

Clock housing
thin brass stock (i believe mine was 0.032")
thin aluminum or stainless steel (again around 0.032")
I used maple for the columns because I wanted to turn them myself, and I had some left over from another project, but you can get 1" dowels made from birch at the hardware store or lumber yard.
The main housing was made mostly of yellow pine and 1/4" birch plywood. I don't have an amount because it all came from scrap I had laying around my workshop.
lots of glue and various hardware

 
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Mpire2 years ago
Great idea and guide! I voted for this guide in the LED!

I am a complete noob to this, but fell in love with the idea of this build and decided I would give it a try using your guide. The clock works perfectly...with no SET buttons. It actually works fine with the SET and SET_SEC. However, when I wire in the SET_MIN and SET_HR the LED's freeze for the minute and hour. The seconds continue without problem. Any idea what I am doing wrong? Thanks!
dsmith84 (author)  Mpire2 years ago
Thanks for the compliment, and the vote!

The way the set buttons are added to the schematic makes them pretty optional. I actually have a problem with my buttons where they set 2 steps ahead instead of just one for some reason, so setting the clock after a storm is a little pain (of course waiting until midnight to plug it in without the buttons might be worse).

What are the normal positions of the buttons you are using? The SET ought to be Normally Closed, whereas the SET_SEC, SET_MIN and SET_HR buttons are all Normally Open. If you used N.C. buttons on those two sets by accident it would throw open the clock input of the 4024's to constant 9v power and make them freeze.

Let me know what happens!

Mpire dsmith842 years ago
I increased the resistors for the buttons and now the clock runs fine with the buttons in place!

Similar to you, occasionally when using the set buttons the clock it will jump 2-3 steps instead of 1. I might try some different button styles to see if this helps.