Victorian styled nixie tester

While building some nixie clocks,[Blue_Metal] ended up destroying a few tubes. He found that having a tester sitting around would have been most helpful. Taking some pride in his tools, he put some major effort into building his nixie tube tester. It is quite visually pleasing, featuring hand cut brass framing, custom etched information panels. Scroll through his flickr set to see the build process in detail.


  1. Slime says:

    Oh my!

  2. pod says:

    Haha, I love how careful you have been at not calling this Steampunk :D

    • Caleb Kraft says:

      I very much dislike the term steampunk and many of the projects associated with it. I do, however enjoy victorian style and fine craftsmanship. This is why posts by me tend to omit the term “steampunk”.

  3. jim says:

    Looks like somebody painted a cheap cigar box with kids’ poster paint.

    Seriously, I’m all for art and design, but this isn’t my taste at all.

  4. jim says:

    Maybe if it had dovetail joints and a nice varnish I’d like it. The nameplate is pretty good.

  5. Bluemetal says:

    The idea is that it should look aged and used. The box had been done for something else some 25 years ago and I wanted to re-use it.

    Dovetails would have been nice, but those would require skills that I do not have. The name plate and brass frames were the major focus of the Flickr set. Thank you for the comments.

  6. loans says:

    absolutely love the etched brass nameplate… I might have to look into making some of those.

  7. grovensien says:

    looks fancy! Nice to see you’ve adopted the victorian approach Caleb!

  8. strider_mt2k says:

    Absolutely SPLENDID!

    Good show old bean!

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