Welcome to the Starting Points Page here are various items that I have aquired or got in stock that you can ask me to make into clocks or other objects for you. I will add to this page frequently as I'm always getting interesting objects into the workshop. I haven't the resources to turn all these items into clocks, so it is best if you pick though, or ask me to find something 'similar' to any of these examples.
Some of these pictures show a ideas where you could place tubes - ie just sitting on top, but it helps see how a finished piece might go together
Giant 1950's Calendar Bridge. Suit 6 of Dalibor's tubes on top for a huge clock!
Never seen one of these before, will make a great dual time clock or a Double Gordon!
If you fancy a Captain Nemo clock, then this walnut and oak casket type box would be perfect
Original old Valve radio. Had in mind to convert to Bluetooth and fit a clock in there.
Very nice large Wheatstone bridge. Similar instrument used to create the Neon Reactor clock
Pretty little Oak box, either tubes out the top as pictured or could be front mounting.
Would make a great Magnox Clock and also be able to fit a Dekatron in the middle of the Hours and Minute tubes
Big old Frequency counter - Would again be cut to size to make wall mountable and can accommodate 6 tubes with ease.
Small little bakelite meter, suit a little Gordon type clock for your desk or office.
Destined to become a 'Gordon' clock - may even have room for a Dekatron or two!
Nice wooden cased Voltmeter - Either tubes in the Dial or poking out of the top.
Great looking Art Deco styled resistance box. Ideal to have 6 tubes out of the top and mounted on a wooden plinth.
I believe this was used by the Military for detecting Mines, ideally suited to a clock - even has the Nixies already in there!
Big chunky piece of equipment. Best wall mounted with a 4 digit display cut into the Dial plate.
All very scientific and Steampunk looking. Wouldn't take much to turn this into a really neat clock!
Very hard to find, but this would make another 'Captain Nemo' clock. Already have the top plinths made for the tube pods.
Scientific looking Peg Decade box - Brass Bakelite and Wood. Just asking for 4 tubes to come out of the top and have Chasing Leds fitted
Slightly more modern meter. Still wooden cased, would look good with Radio valves across the top and tubes in the dial.
Very large and complicated looking, suit 6 of the large IN-18 / ZM1040 tubes on the top, and a lot of pipework!
Extremely retro for Musical folk, an original 4 channel Grundig Microphone mixer, tubes can go where the knobs are or out the top
Make an interesting small clock - not sure what it is, but has a lovely lucite casing.
Another Large and complex looking scientific instrument, lots of scope with this one.
This is a Cambridge Portable Potentiometer, or you may now also know it as a Neon Reactor Mk II
Potential for a dual time clock, one display in the Dial and the other in the panel above. All Bakelite and 1940's
Very interesting looking instrument, 6 tubes out of the top and Dekatrons all over the place!
This will make a very nice Art Deco style Watson type clock, oak casing and Aluminium front panel.
Here's another candiate for a Gordon clock, a little more worn and older than some of the others.
Ok, I can't get every photo in perfect focus.. this would make a very nice Marconi type clock.
Another Giant piece of standards equipment, might look good with picture 56 bolted on top!
These make really nice Excalibur clocks with the sequencing LED's and the large Nixie tubes.
Perfect starting point for a steampunk type contraption, calling out for some brass piping and glowing coils.
4 front facing Nixies, will make a nice little desk clock in a plain and simple box.
Not entirely 100% sure what I would do with this one, might just get a Turing clock out of it perhaps?
Had one of these in before and made the 'Resistance' clock, great little desk clock with 6 Nixies out of the top.
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