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post #21 of 22 Old 08-12-2008, 08:38 PM
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Not to rain on your parade, or anything, but that's not a binary clock. It is a base 2 clock, which is slightly different. A true binary clock would show the bits for the base 10 numbers as a binary sequence with the added benefit of only needing 4 LEDs for the hour (assuming you use a 12 hour clock rather than a 24 hour clock, which would require 5 LEDs). Your sequence would then be all blank for 0 in the appropriate column (hours, minutes, seconds) for 0. All but the bottom (or top) blank for 1, all but the second from bottom (or top) for 2 and so on and so forth. Then you'd have a true binary clock. Here's the sequence, 1=on 0=off.

Number Sequence (Left=Top to right=bottom)
0 000000 16 010000 32 100000 48 110000
1 000001 17 010001 33 100001 49 110001
2 000010 18 010010 34 100010 50 110010
3 000011 19 010011 35 100011 51 110011
4 000100 20 010100 36 100100 52 110100
5 000101 21 010101 37 100101 53 110101
6 000110 22 010110 38 100110 54 110110
7 000111 23 010111 39 100111 55 110111
8 001000 24 011000 40 101000 56 111000
9 001001 25 011001 41 101001 57 111001
10 001010 26 011010 42 101010 58 111010
11 001011 27 011011 43 101011 59 111011
12 001100 28 011100 44 101100
13 001101 29 011101 45 101101
14 001110 30 011110 46 101110
15 001111 31 011111 47 101111

Of course that may not be what you were going for since normal people generally don't look at binary and have it make much sense.

As for the tubes, cylinders, etc. I'd suspect the simplest way to make them would be to take square stock, rip it and then route slots for your circuits. Drill holes for the LEDs and then shape the external to whatever shape you feel is appropriate using a saw, sander, etc.

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Just to offer my opinion... for a project of that size, the grain in oak of any sort will be distracting. Further, oak isn't the easiest wood to turn and get a silky smooth finish.

I night suggest cherry and maple for these turnings. They will have subtle grain and will not take away from the bold contrast you have designed into the project itself.

they will also turn smoother than the oak/cherry combo.
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