Today’s gift guide is timely, it’s all about clock and clock kits! I think clocks are one of the best gifts you can give, more so if they’re kits! Here’s a round up of my favorite clock kits, I’ve made a few of these and we’ve had them on MAKE, enjoy!
AVR Oscilloscope clock
Buy: Dutchtronix – Link.
This AVR Oscilloscope clock is available as a kit, using all through-hole components. The kit included ALL components necessary to assemble the board shown, including a preprogrammed ATmega168 microcontroller. It does not include an oscilloscope. It also includes connectors for the Power and RS-232 headers on the board. The user can use these connectors to build the power and serial communication cables.
Solderless LED Clock Kit -Blue (or red)
Buy: Maker store- Link.
With the LEDkit solderless clock kit, you create a giant — 9″ x 5″ — super bright self-standing clock only 1/8″ thick that keeps accurate time — even during power failures up to 1 minute. Change the brightness at the push of a button. The digits fade smoothly when the time changes — minimizing distraction. Automatically synchronize multiple clocks. Easy to assemble & no soldering required! The unique wiring pattern doesn’t need a traditional PCB with tiny parallel tracks on it. You simply twist the LED leads directly to other leads. Only six conductors enter the panel! Also available with Red LEDs. Requires 60Hz (USA/Canada) electrical power.
Price: $19.00 to $149.00
Buy: wooden-gear-clocks.com – Link.
The Serpentine wooden gear clock is a wooden gear clock. It’s whimsical curves offer an artistic contrast to the more traditional Ascent clock. You can build this wooden gear clock can be built from our ready-to-assemble kit. Or, you can use a scroll saw to cut the parts from our do-it-yourself patterns. This wooden clock is driven by a 2-3 lb weight, and is regulated by a 48″ pendulum. The Serpentine runs over 26 hours per winding. It has hour, minute, and second hands. The Serpentine clock is about 26″ tall, 6″ deep, and about 12″ wide.
The Ascent wooden gear clock is the first wooden gear clock produced by Jeff Schierenbeck at Wooden-Gear-Clocks.com. Its classic lines give it a very traditional look. You can build this wooden gear clock can be built from our ready-to-assemble kit. Or, you can use a scroll saw to cut the parts from our do-it-yourself patterns. This wooden clock is driven by a 2 lb weight, and is regulated by a 48″ pendulum. The Ascent runs about 19 hours per winding. It has hour, minute, and second hands. The Ascent clock is about 26″ tall, 6″ deep, and about 12″ wide.
Single tube Nixie clock
Price: $75 to $125
Buy: OHARARP – Link.
Tired of high priced Nixie Clocks and Tubes? Wanna show off your inner Geek? Well then, check out our feature packed Single Tube IN-14 Nixie Tube Clock. This clock was specfically designed to sit on top of your PC and to be powered from the USB port. To our knowledge its the first of its type to include these features:
- Black PCB Soldermask
- 5V USB Power (PC Powered)
- 120VAC Wall Wart Adapter (AC Powered)
- 32KHz Quartz Timing Source
- .22F Super Capacitor Backup
- Enhanced Crossfading Control
- Clock comes fully assembled
Nixie clock development kit
Buy: TubeHobby – Link.
NCDB V1.3 is a GPS Nixie Clock without enclosure. Clock contains main board and tube’s board with IN-8-2 nixie tubes. Board is fully assembled, ultrasonically washed and tested…This flexible, professionally designed development board is an ideal platform for any nixie clock project. Board has standard connectors for the tubes and adjustable power supply so any nixie tubes may be used. Tubes are driven directly (no cheap multiplexing) so you will get brighter digits. Visual effects prevents Nixie tubes from cathode poisoning. Nixie clock’s firmware automatically detects GPS receiver and start display time and date from the satellite.
Zeta Nixie clocks!
Price: ~ $200
Buy: Zetalink – Link.
Under $200-ish Nixie tube clock kits – The GeekKlok is a truly amazing designer clock, created by AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER Raymond Weisling. This clock is for geeks and nerds and gadget lovers, so it has many features not found in the typical Nixie clock, and in fact not found in most clocks of any kind.
Alarm clock / countdown timer kit
Buy: – Link.
A limited edition kit to build the countdown timer, featuring a fully functional alarm clock and stopwatch, these kits are not only fun to build but also provide a practical device for everyday use.
Binary clock kit
Buy: HobbyTron – Link.
This clock will be lots of fun and it is beautiful. Comes with wood-grained plastic cabinet including transformer. Exciting to build and use. Astound your friends by reading the time in binary numbers just like used in computer circuitry. It includes 10 TTL Integrate Circuits, power supply with voltage regulator and uses binary coding system. It is AC Operated and comes with 80 page instruction manual. This comprehensive advanced project contains a series of digital logic experiences covering Transistor-Transistor Logic (TTL) and the binary numbering system. Binary counters, AND, OR & NAND gates are discussed in detail. Areas of electronics theory include pulse shaping, transistors, rectification and transformers. Comes with very thorough manual for theory and construction.
Gift certificate to Klockit
Price: Whatever you want
Buy: Klockit – Link.
Klockit has just about every clock part needed and tons and tons of kits – give a gift certificate to your clock maker!
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12 thoughts on “Clock gift guide! – A gift guide for Makers who like to build clocks”
Let’s not forget the Chronulator:
IVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THE ZETA PEOPLE TAKE YOUR MONEY AND RUN COOL CLOCK BUT I DI LOOK ONLINE ANT SOME OTHER FOLKS WEBSITES AND GAVE SOME BAD REVIEWS OF THE ZETA SITE
ONE OTHER THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT IS A USA CLOCK KIT http://tubeclock.com/kits.htm
GREAT LOOKING CLOCKS IM GOING TO ORDER ONE!!!
Hey! Keep it down! People are trying to sleep in here!
Please, nobody be so stupid as to try to fly or visit an airport while in possession of one of those “I can’t believe it’s not a bomb!” countdown timers.
Don’t put a link to Zeta’s geeklok, I have been ordering mine more than 2 years ago and I don’t have it. AT least you should warn people before they make the same mistake as I did. Raymond Weisling is not to be trusted, he makes promises that never happens … and he still happily sell his stuff without actually shipping it! (he is based in Indonesia, so I guess he fears nothing). If you want a gift thgis is really not a good idea.
The word “klok” is Dutch for clock. I hope that Zetalink has no Dutch connection since I would be ashamed. It is pretty obvious that Zetalink is a scam. Just look at this link:
Luckily, a MUCH cheaper ($24.95) Geek Clock is available from Dutchtronix, the AVR Oscilloscope Clock V3.0, which now features the Binary-Hexadecimal Display mode. Dutchtronix sells the AVR Clock through distributors like SparkFun Electronics, so no worries about being scammed.
Other new features in the V3.0 firmware are Date set and display, fractional seconds, User Name display, Automatic Daylight Saving Time (US and EU) and GPS NMEA support: connect the serial output of your GPS unit to the AVR clock and you’ll always have the correct date and time on your oscilloscope.
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