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Steampunk clock #1: Prep work: homemade fully working analog dial indicator

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Blog entry by Sodabowski posted 04-23-2013 07:54 PM 1594 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi guys,

So for that steampunk clock I’ll be building for my father I need decorative props. Quickslap-style analog dials are okay for the others, but not for me: I want it to be the real thing. So how can you get your hands onto a working 25mm OD analog dial? Well, probably by huge luck, but if I can picture it, I can build it.

I didn’t shoot the whole process, as this is a preliminary prototype (which works). Just posted it on instructables to see if it gets any attention.

It’s entirely made from homemade cardboard (printer paper + thin CA glue), plus a glass dome bought on ebay (like $3 for 6 of them, free postage), 0,05mm enameled copper wire (don’t remember but for the 7,5 m needed for this it’s less than 1€ worth of wire), a small section of 0,8 mm brass rod, two small rare-earth magnets (from Supermagnetman’s website).

And time. Lots of time. At this stage I have around 3 hours in it, give or take, which involved building the winding jigs and devising the proper building methods. Here are the pictures of the prototype. Hope this will tinker the Steam Punk in you ;)



-- Holy scrap Barkman!



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Schwieb

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#1 posted 04-23-2013 07:59 PM

Thomas, my friend. I know I am old but I simply have no idea what this Steampunk is all about. Can you enlighten me? I’m not too old to learn.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Sodabowski

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 08:05 PM

Hi Ken :) Well, easy: “what if petroleum was never discovered? what if we were stuck at the steam era and evolved from there?” This is the basic concept beyond Steampunk, with a Victorian twist. Check this out for a brutal sneak peak : Steampunk computer

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 08:09 PM

Thomas, I look forward to seeing this. I have toyed around with the idea of doing something in a Steampunk style. But not really sure what I would like to do.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-24-2013 01:32 AM

Thomas,

Your analog dial is cool and I like the fact that you have designed and created it yourself.

However, it seems like what you need is a giant electromechanical balance wheel. Google Murday clock for more info or take a quick look at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKC6NbfWbFo

I’m not sure how you are putting together the time keeping portion of your clock but am guessing a quartz movement. The balance doesn’t have to be a part of the clock mechanism and probably wouldn’t be that much more difficult than what you have already done. The electromechanical clocks from the 19th and early 20th centuries are an interesting field but I think the Murday is my favorite. If you are interested, I may have some construction details but will have to dig through some old magazines.

Just a thought…

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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Sodabowski

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#5 posted 04-24-2013 07:53 AM

@Troy: wow neat stuff for sure. But I’m building a Nixie tube clock, this gauge (and the next ones coming) will be a prop used for, well nothing but looks ;) Actually this gauge will oscillate at a random frequency and amplitude. I’ll have the Nixies suspended in the air and need things to put in front of the tubings used to power them. After the gauges I’ll also build a smoke generator to mimic a steam engine, and the whole thing will be articulated and moving. It will come to life every hour, as a cuckoo clock of sorts.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#6 posted 04-24-2013 09:37 AM

Thomas that is great fun.
I’ve a SteamPunk wheelchair on the go
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 04-24-2013 11:04 AM

Like this one Jamie? ;)

Mind you, this one has a beer dispenser on the back :D

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#8 posted 04-24-2013 12:12 PM

The old Flash Gordon series could be considered Steam Punk
Captain Nemo was the grandfather of Steam Punk
Dr Who is the present day Steam Punk hero

Just my old guy take

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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Sodabowski

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#9 posted 04-24-2013 04:15 PM

Yeah, Jules Verne started it all :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#10 posted 04-25-2013 12:12 AM

Thomas,

OK, I understand now. Nixie tubes are cool, one of these days I would like to build a clock with them as well. Carry on and I will wait for the next installment.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 06:35 PM

Cool Thomas.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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