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Vacuum Tube Chess Set Answered

This chess set made from vacuum tubes is pretty stunning. Plug a tube into a square and the top lights up. I doubt that the pins will stand up to very many games of chess, but it is lovely to look at.

Vaccum Tube Chess Set via Make

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Sandisk1duo

9 years ago

wouldn't the tubes get hot?

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Sandisk1duolemonie

Reply 9 years ago

oh i thought that those were actual vacuum tubes

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lemonieSandisk1duo

Reply 9 years ago

They look like real tubes, which are mirrored inside (to retain heat I guess). But look more closely and it would appear that a circle has been cut out the top and LED devices put inside to create the images? L

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gmoonlemonie

Reply 9 years ago

(Useless) tube triva: the silver coating in valves is generally the getter coating on the inside of the glass tube.

It's a reactive compound that absorbs any remaining gases the vacuum pumping process missed.

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lemoniegmoon

Reply 9 years ago

Thankyou, now we know! L

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Goodhart

9 years ago

very cool

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Am Per Sand

9 years ago

I like tubes, and I like chess! Double yey!