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!
Original 1950's Valve powered Hearing testing machine, make a good period clock.
Classic AVO 8 Multimeter - I did have others, that will make a neat desk clock.
If you fancy a Captain Nemo clock, then this walnut and oak casket type box would be perfect
Would turn into a nice little desk clock, either tubes out the top, or inset into the dial.
Very nice large Wheatstone bridge. Similar instrument used to create the Neon Reactor clock
A lovely old Bridge, about 50cm long and in great original condition. 6 Large tubes on top and some dekatrons?
Exactly the same piece of equipment that made the Neon Reactor MK I clock. 6 large tubes, Dekatrons and glowing things!
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!
Small American style mantle clock. Would fit a small 6 digit clock inside with some Steampunk decoration.
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.
Large Wattmeter, polished aluminium front 1930's Would make either a 4 or 6 digit Gordon type clock.
A basic Volt / Amp meter that can be made into a Double Gordon type clock - time / temp or 2nd timezone display.
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!
Very nice and very old Gambrell resisitance box. Make a lovely Steampunk type clock with 6 tubes 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!
Original Cambridge Bridge that I turn into Marconi clocks with the IN-18 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.
Had one of these in before and made the 'Resistance' clock, great little desk clock with 6 Nixies out of the top.
A radio out of a Mig-21 Russian fighter Jet. lots of potential for this one as a clock or interesting object.
Very old folding contraption. Could make a hidden clock where you open the lid to see the time.
Original 1950's 'His Masters Voice' radio set. Would clean up the casing and then introduce 4 discreet Nixie tubes in the front.
Would make a very interesting Magnox type clock, but with 6 forward facing tubes where the 6 control knobs are.
A rather large wooden box containing an old PH meter and a load of electrochemical apparatus.
I think this came from an old power station. A vintage Oak cased Power factor meter. Tubes on the top and have the dial moving.
Immensly complicated looking piece of equipment in a wooden case that can easilly accommodate 6 giant R568M tubes on top.
A little control panel type box with an angled front. Either tubes out the top, or inset into the front panel.
This was an old Electric shock machine. Very small but can house 4 tubes inside so you open the lid to see them.
Not sure what this was. Little wooden box with a drawer in the front. Started to fit 4 tubes out of the top.
Little Burl Walnut box, destined for a 6 tube Steampunk clock. Even has an old mechanical clock fitted.
This is an old Tea Caddy box, made from rosewood and going to be a Dr Who clock I would think.
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