Phil had left over from a window glazing job of the shed we are in some clear plastic. This time it was my turn with the Dremel to cut out the glass for the windows. I super glued them in, getting stuck to them a few times. (thanks Phil for rescuing me.) While I was doing this Phil sorted out the 4 corner posts. With very small hinges we attached the doors to the corner posts. Once attached we lay out the doors as seen in the photo. Then I could get the correct measurement for the top
It didn't take to long to attach the other panels. It soon started to take shape.
THE BASE.... Phil and I bought a nice piece of pine to make the base. Cutting an shaping the timber was Phil's job. Phil shaped the edges with a router, I drilled the holes for the screws, then Phil screwed it all together. It tied it all together beautifully. Also we cut and fitted the other two cross members at the top of the side panels.
THE ROOF. Now this was going to be a challenge! This took a lot of working out! The roof had to be made up the same as a layer cake. The plan was to have a three layered roof. First idea was to cut out the bottom two layers out of one piece of wood. Look at the photo, you can see my attempt to cut out the shape of the middle layer leaving a thin bottom layer. That didn't work, it needed the middle layer to be bit thicker so I trimmed off the bottom layer. I was lucky to have some 3mm plywood, so I made the bottom layer of out of that. Next was to see if we could shape the top piece of wood into a pointed roof. We found a thick piece of wood but trying to work out how to cut it correctly stumped us. It took a week scribbling ideas down for us to hit on the answer. Scratch the one piece of wood idea again, 5mm plywood cut into triangles, the joining edges were slightly chamfered, so once placed together they create a pointed roof. You will see in the next photo it ended up to be a 4 layered roof.
Thanks to Dave (Phil's brother) who helped with how we could bolt the hole roof together. Dave suggested to make a triangle block to be placed in the point of the roof so it will support the plywood in the right position plus to give it strength. Wood glued and panel pinned down the plywood point to the top layer. Then the thin plywood bottom layer and the middle layer were drilled, glued an screwed from underneath to the top layer. Also 4 blocks were cut and glue an screwed to the underside of the bottom layer in each corner as locators so the hole roof can be placed on without it needing to be screwed down. Plus it then can be lifted off to get access the inside of the TARDIS.
Proper technical but we pulled it off... hooray!!
THE LAMP... Phil has a shed full of odds an sods. On my hunt around one day looking for inspiration I came across a plastic sample pot that Phil had picked up from when we pulled the milk tankers for Roger Freeman a number of years ago. (see tanks very much page) I got my tape measure out an it wasn't far off the size I wanted. A circular plate was cut out of aluminium. A cut from the edge to the middle was made, then I carefully pulled the two cut edges across each other to create a cone. I then drilled a small hole in the over lap an banged a rivet in to hold it in place. Four brass pipes were cut to make to the vertical bars and held in place through the top by small nails. A dollop of super glue on the nails then inserted through the cap then down into the top of the tubes pinned them in position.
It duz look a bit short ... that is... its width makes it look small. It needs the top lip and the sides taken in a bit to make it look taller..... where's the Dremel and the cutting disc?
That's better, thinner makes it look taller. the wooden base was cut out shaped to fit the roof and the lot was bolted together an painted.
Do you know how much wiring go's into a TARDIS?
Time for painting, masking taped up the windows an the police signs so.....
LETS GET PAINTING!
An so did the other 3 that followed.
Dried and the masking tape removed, I must say I have done a cracking job.
As I have said before (Dorset Steam Fair 2015), there is always someone that likes to get in on your photo... My mate Hue Lorry in the window.
Looks good.... if you can see it.
Now a quick wiz round with the sander. Guess the song
I was singing
by the Beach Boys.
A dress rehearsal using me even with the bungee round me aswell.
Phil turned the light out.
"I FEEL ON TOP OF THE
"OK, ON TOP OF ME