In the Maker Shed: Ice Tube Clock kit

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Somewhere at the junction of modern open-source hardware and early 80’s Russia lives a beautiful DIY kit from the Maker Shed called the Ice Tube Clock. The centerpiece of this old-meets-new clock is a Russian-made, 9-digit, vacuum florescent display (VFD). Included in the kit is everything you need to build a complete VFD clock.


  • Cool glowing blue tube with 8 digits, PM dot and alarm on/off indicator
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Alarm with volume adjust
  • Precision watch crystal keeps time with under 20ppm (0.002%) error (< 2 seconds a day)
  • Clear acrylic enclosure protects the clock from you, and you from the clock
  • Battery backup will let the clock keep the time for up to 2 weeks without power
  • Selectable 12h or 24h display
  • Displays day and date on button press
  • 10 minute snooze
  • Integrated boost converter so it can run off of standard DC wall adapters, works in any country regardless of mains power
  • Great for desk or night table use, the clock measures 4.9″ x 2.9″ x 1.3″ (12.5cm x 7.4cm x 3.3cm)
  • Completely open source hardware and software, ready to be hacked and modded!

6 thoughts on “In the Maker Shed: Ice Tube Clock kit

  1. JamesH says:

    I think it’s funny that the blog post is titled ‘In the Maker Shed….’ although the kit is currently unavailable. :)

    Would this be a good beginner kit before tackling a nixie clock?

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      Ooops! Glitch. It is in stock. Thanks for catching that!

  2. sonic says:

    Very similar design to IV-18 VFD clock from KOSBO.COM …

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