The Nempnett Thrubwell
Kitchen Timer Kit
The engravings, brass
mechanisms and copper
fittings arranged on the
wooden enclosure make
this a classic steampunk
It’s operated with a brass
winged key that begins
the timing process. The
required cooking period
is adjusted with a
polished wooden knob
that sets the time by
rotating several gears.
During operation a
flickering candle lamp
illuminates. Once the
hand reaches zero, the air
horn sounds. I was
thrilled to incorporate a
working horn as it looks
beautiful and, as with all
the components, isn't just
there for decoration. The
horn sounds for 20
seconds before stopping
and its loudness can be
adjusted by inserting a
Don't have any doubts regarding
your ability to construct the kit!
I've made it very easy to put
together having broken down
construction into 10 sections,
each with easy to follow video
If you’d rather purchase a fully
assembled and working
Nempnett Thrubwell, select the
‘Assembled’ option in the online
The kit contains everything you'll
need to construct your own
Nempnett Thrubwell without
requiring any special equipment or
experience. I love designing
working steampunk machines and
wanted to design a kit that would
allow others to enjoy creating their
own working machine.
The Nempnett Thrubwell is
31cm (12 ¹³/₆₄”) high, 24cm (9
²⁹/₆₄”) wide and stands 12cm (4 ²³/₃₂”) out from the wall.
Cooking times from 1 hour to 1 minute can be set.
Power is supplied by 4 x AA batteries (not included).
The kit contains all the required parts including glue and wood polish.
You'll only require a couple of screwdrivers and a pair of pliers to assemble
the kit. Something like White Spirit would also be useful to clean the laser
I came up with the idea whilst staying in the beautiful village of Nempnett
Thrubwell in Somerset, UK. It's such a fabulous name, I just had to use it! As
with all my steampunk machines, lots of sketches led slowly to a working
prototype followed by much testing, refinement and development. I hope you get
as much enjoyment from assembling and using the Nempnett Thrubwell as I did
from it’s development.
To enable you to successfully assemble the kit, I
have produced ten step by step videos that clearly
show each step of the process. In addition to the kit’s
contents, you’ll require: a pair of long nosed pliers,
small and medium flat bladed screwdrivers, a small
pozidrive screwdriver, a pair of scissors and
something like white spirit to clean the laser
engravings. These are commonly found in most tool
collections. You will also require four AA batteries.
The kit includes wood polish, PVA wood adhesive and superglue. Health and
safety PDFs can be viewed by clicking on the following links before you use the
products. Refined Beeswax Polish, PVA Wood Glue and Superglue.
Click on the pictures below to watch the instruction videos. I suggest watching
the relevant one all the way through before starting work on the kit - then
watching and pausing each step as you actually follow the instructions. Please let
me know if you have any issues or suggestions to make the kit easier to construct.
The kit’s contents, lots of lovely parts!