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4' long 'Steampunk' Digital Clock

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Project by Wes Grimes posted 10-02-2011 02:23 AM 3831 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a ‘Steampunk’ digital clock. I used mahogany, brass, and rice paper to achieve this look.
I custom made the numeric segments out of plexiglass and LEDs.
Detailed directions are on my LJ Blog.

-- Wes, Garland, TX





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Craftsman on the lake

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 02:37 AM

Very nice integration of technology and woodcraft. I’ve been following this since you started. Thanks for posting.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 03:06 AM

Awesome!! Where will it be hung? I want to make one of these, but I think a huge digital clock might not fit very well in the living room…

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 03:13 AM

very classy. Retro and modern at the same time.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 03:56 AM

Cool!

-- Jon

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Wes Grimes

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 04:03 AM

Thanks all.

Phil, It is for my cubicle at work. I am a computer programmer, so I must compete with the other geeks in the cubicle farm. ;)
(Just wait till they see my wooden computer keyboard with brass keys that I am working on…)

I think if you were to build one without the seconds, it would fit in with the living room. The seconds ticking all the time might be a little distracting while watching TV. I actually included the seconds so that it would grab more attention in the office :)
I am planning to build another without seconds. The other benefit is that you could use off the shelf clock chips for that.

-- Wes, Garland, TX

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 05:32 AM

Geek chic! I like It welcome to Lj’s.

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 10:29 AM

well done :-)
thankĀ“s for sharing it and the taking the time to make the toturial as well :-)’

wellcome to L J enjoy and have fun ........... well you already have fun so enjoy :-)

Dennis

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#8 posted 10-02-2011 01:42 PM

Wes,

As an aficionado of steampunk, I have to say this is kind cool. I wouldn’t term it steampunk per se, but only because there aren’t and gears exposed. That’s not to detract from the shear cool of it though. I fully intend to rip you off on this at some point.

As for the keyboard you mentioned, please share it here on LJ. The desire to build one is what led me to woodworking in the first place…yet I’ve never done it. Have you seen the steampunk keyboards here? If not, it should provide some inspiration. :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 10-02-2011 02:53 PM

Tomcat, The original design including flickering LEDs that simulate a tea light candle flame behind each segment. I actually wired up 138 flickering yellow LED bulbs in it and then decided that it was too hard to tell what the time was with all that flikering. Had I gone with that, I was going to add some gas lamp style plumbing to the end to really amp up the steampunk feel. Once I switched to the more modern solid smooth blue look, I backed off the extra decorations as they no longer made sense…

I have seen his keyboards before. They actually inspired the keyboard that I am working on, which inspired the clock. I put the keyboard on hold to work on the clock. I will try to get some pics of the keyboard in its current state and post it on my blog. Maybe it will get me in gear to finish it. I have been working on it off and on for two years…

-- Wes, Garland, TX

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 04:57 PM

Yeah, that would definitely have done the gaslight feel. I hate it that it didn’t work out right. That’s a real shame.

I had a feeling you had seen the Datamancer stuff before. I’ve always loved his work and, eventually, I will have to crank out a keyboard for myself :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#11 posted 10-02-2011 10:21 PM

Nice, but if it was to compete with the other geeks you should have made it a binary clock.

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#12 posted 10-02-2011 11:28 PM

Cool project and a fun blog to follow! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-03-2011 09:06 AM

I second Pat about the level of geekness. Digital is nice, binary is geekier (hex can do too!). Really like it :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#14 posted 10-03-2011 02:23 PM

Thanks all! If I had made it binary, management would never know what time it was. ;)

-- Wes, Garland, TX

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#15 posted 10-03-2011 07:54 PM

well then you just make the add of days in the week with the morsecode …......
ups thats a sort of binary tooo :-)

Dennis

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