After the success of my first nixie clock made out from a rosewood block, I decided to lose no time and to carry on with the next one.
As some of you guys already know, or imagine, lately I'm indeed a little bit addicted to nixie-mania.
I've bought many nixie tubes on eBay, and I experienced in electronics so to build my own high voltage power supply and then the ultimate nixie clock circuit.
Digits for this clock are nice rounded and fully transparent IN-4 tubes, the same I used in the first model, but as I previously announced, I aligned them vertically, so to read from top to bottom hours, minutes, and seconds. Indeed you will see the undeniable influence of Max Pierson's vertical clock.
I guide you now through the full process to make your own unique nixie clock.

WARNING: this circuit raises the voltage to deadly 300V so you must avoid to touch contacts while working, I'm not kidding, please BE CAREFUL!

Step 1: the case and start point

Although I was looking for a nice wood case to use as clock case, when I found this ancient wood handrail piece I suddenly pictured the awesome nixie clock it would become.
I didn't have the camera with me, and I drilled the handrail at once, so I can't show you the intact piece. I used 30mm drill bits as for the previous clock, then I cured the wood with woodworm poison since there were some holes in it.


<p>I was wondering what the cabinet is on Step 20. The on with the 10 drawer chest. Much appreciate your time and effort in these instructable.</p>
oh, it's the wardrobe I've put in the livingroom, it has 60 drawers in total and they're very convenient to keep project stuff and tools ;)<br>it was made originally for a shirts and neckties shop in Milan Gallery
<p>How to programmer RTC ??</p>
<p>Really m8, that is pure art! :D<br>Congrats on the design and how it all worked out! <br>Really unique and amazing! Bravo!!!</p>
grazie! troppo buono! ;)
<p>You can hang on cable a weight and warm up a little by hair dryer. Then let it to cool down.</p>
nice thought!
<p>this is beautiful.</p>
<p>I love this design, now I know what I'll be doing this weekend, thanks for sharing!</p>
all in one weekend? :-O <br>did you make it? ;-)
<p>Is there a full B.O.M. ?</p>
it's the same of my first nixie clock, plus diode D5<br><br>PS: I made another nixie clock, the huge one, go to read that instructable too, which is the newest one. a fourth clock is on the way
<p>make the cable straight by attaching a thin wire to it.</p>
<p>congrats, never seen before clock like this, i wish that witch clock!</p>
<p>thanks! I'm planning to make some kit if someone needs it :)</p>
<p>This is awesome. Have you sold this anywhere like eBay? I noticed that the power brick was euro. Have you made an American (120 Vac) version?</p>
Thanks! I still have my nixie clocks, I'm planning to sell them in future.<br>I live in Europe and I don't need a 120V power brick PSU, but the modifying process is the same.
<p>This is brilliant :), Vote For you :)</p>
<p>I am so glad you won :), Congratulations !!!</p>
<p>And I'm so glad you liked my project :-)</p>
<p> <br> <br></p><p class="MsoNormal">Hi andrea biffi</p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal">This nixie clock looks really fantastic, puristic in its <br>design with clear lines and the classical form oft this ancient handraill. <br>Nothing disturbs the view to the fascinating nixie tubes counting the time. <br>It&acute;s your style!!!</p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal">Especially the vertical &bdquo;position of time&ldquo; seems to be a <br>symbol of a &bdquo;countdown&ldquo; of life. Absolutely great!!!!</p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal">I am deeply impressed about this harmonic arrangement an the <br>wish to build also a vertical nixie clock rises inside me........</p><p style="margin-top: 0.0px;margin-right: 0.0px;margin-bottom: 10.0px;margin-left: 0.0px;font-family: Arial , Helvetica , Verdana , Tahoma , sans-serif;font-size: 15.0px;border-right-style: none;border-bottom-style: none;border-left-style: none;background-image: none;">Five stars for the idea, the documentation, the brilliant workout and I am convinced that you are already a winner with this project (voted;-))<span class="Apple-style-span" style="display: inline;float: none;"> </span></p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal">Take a bow</p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal">Yours Aeon Junophor</p> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <br> <br> <br> <br><p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <br> <br>
<p>Dear Aeon,</p><p>I'm really happy that this clock came out so harmonic. Next one will probably be more steampunk style!</p>
<p>*cough cough* I think I may have caught your Nixie-mania bug. I'd love to make one that displays a full GPS string, but that is well beyond my skill at the moment, so I'm hoping to learn from your projects. Thanks!</p>
<p>ouch, there is only one solution to recover health, just make the more nixie displays you can!</p>
<p>Yay! Its fixed :D Awesome project Andrea. Well documented! (subbed) and voted! :-)</p><p>Now lets hope you become a finalist! X (fingers crossed ;-))</p>
<p>tThanks hunter!!</p>
<p>No problem! You did a awesome job! :D</p>
just awesome!
<p>Awesome job! The case is so beautiful!</p>
<p>I still have so much to learn (from your projects too!)</p>
<p>It is so beautiful! Voted :) </p>
<p>:-) too kind</p>
<p>To straighten the cord you could try stretching it taut for a day or two, or folding a cloth over it and ironing it.</p>
<p>I will try the ironing, thanks!</p>
<p>Love those nixie tubes!</p>
<p>me too! ...did you already understand that? ;-)</p>
<p>This is so so beautiful! Great work as always :D</p>
<p>Thanks Jessy! such comment makes me proud :D</p>
<p>Wow this is really impressively documented! Just wondering but what is that really cool tool on the first picture of step 17? Is it just a fancy looking screw driver?</p>
<p>That tool is a gimlet, and it is used for starting holes for screws ,or making holes in thin materials.</p>
<p>Ahhhh! I think i've seen those around before, thanks!</p>

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