My Newbery TARDIS build (Tom Baker era)

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  1. Whovian

    Whovian Well-Known Member

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    I have been a Dr. Who fan since I first saw Tom Baker as 'The Doctor' back in 1974, in his first episode 'Robot'. I was 10, and hooked instantly. I've loved the show, and the character in all his regenerations (well, maybe not Colin Baker) ever since.

    I have always wanted my own TARDIS, and while all the various versions have their good and bad points, the Barry Newbery model from 1976 was always my favorite (see image below, 3rd from left).
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    So, since the Newbery TARDIS doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love, I finally decided to go ahead and build one for use as a garden shed (homeowners association be damned) :lol

    This is an ongoing project, and I'll update the thread as I move forward.
     
  2. Whovian

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    Essentially, I researched all over the internet for specs, measurements, screenshots, etc., and came up with what I felt were the closest to actual measurements I was likely to find.

    This is an image from zbignievhamson over at TARDIS BUILDERS, and it is the basis for my build (I'll be tweaking as needed).
     
  3. Whovian

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    The first step in construction, was to ready the location I chose for the TARDIS.

    I put down 2" of fine gravel as a base, then put 6"x6"x2" concrete paving stones about 5' across. This should give it a firm, level base to rest on.

    Next week starts actual construction.
     
  4. B4DW0LF

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    with so many 'plans' out there it is a case of finding something you like and just going for it. I did the same thing, but based mine on the comic book version.

    My Untempered Schism: Where's the TARDIS?
     
  5. thehalfboy

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    I just watched the Masque of Mandragora, with the introduction of the secondary console room. I absolutely loved the wooden effect, with the writing desk style of the central console. I still like the multicolour brightness of the Dalek movie TARDIS though!
     
  6. Whovian

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    Nice work. Hopefully mine will turn out okay.
     
  7. Rassilon

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    Location location location, that’s what they say, my backyard just looked like a backyard until I landed the TYJ Tardis there, now it has a curtain feel to it I think. And once you finish your Newbery Tardis and land it in your garden location you will see what I mean.

    Good luck with your build, and good to see you have taken on the Newbery Tardis, very few Tardis builders take on that design due to it’s unique shape.

    Will drop in from time to time to keep you motivated and to see were you at with your Tardis build.
     
  8. Mr H

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    Groovy :thumbsup
     
  9. Whovian

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    OK, got a little side tracked building a TARDIS bedroom door for my 11 yr old son ;)

    Today, I completes the base for the Newbery TARDIS. My diagram says 56" across, but it was closer to 54", as I was working with a 4'x8'x1/2" sheet of pressure treated plywood, with a 2x4 frame around that (when I did the diagrams, I had forgotten about the lip around the inside of the 2x4 frame to support the plywood). The notching of the 2x4's for the plywood to lay flat in along the edges was fun (not really), but the table saw I bought on Ebay for $60 worked like a champ.

    Here's a few shots of the base. I put it on a bed of 6"x6"x2" cement paving stones, for stability.

    Next week, I'll start on the corner posts.
     
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  10. Rassilon

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    Nice work with the base, are you going to seal the under side from water.
     
  11. Whovian

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    Thanks!

    The pavers should keep it out of any standing water (there is also 2 inches of a gravel base for drainage under the pavers). It's hard to see from the photos, but the yard slopes back slightly so water usually drains out well behind the spot I picked for this. As for sealing, I'm not sure. The plywood and 2x4 frame are all pressure treated, so they should be okay. I'll figure out if I want extra protection later on.
     
  12. Whovian

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    Ok, got a little more done on my build.

    After the base, the next step was to build the corner posts. I used 1x6x8 planks from Home Depot, and ripped them down to 1x4 and 1x5 using my table saw.

    Each post consists of 3 1x4's and a 1x5, with 1/4 round molding at the center and each edge.

    The corner pieces were glued together with Liquid Nails (awesome stuff), clamped, and screws. The screw holes will be filled with wood fill later on. The 1/4 round was glued in and nailed. Side note... the clams are from Harbor Freight, and while usually 5.99/ea, go on sale almost monthly at 1.99!

    Next update will probably be the 3 non opening wall panels.
     
  13. Rassilon

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    That’s moving along very nicely, keep the photo’s coming.
     
  14. Whovian

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    Thanks. It's a little slow, as I have to go paycheck to paycheck, lol... but it's a labor of love.
     
  15. Too_Many_Cars

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    Looks great so far! Eventually I'll be tackling one of these 'garden sheds', and I learn something new from each build log I see. If you haven't checked out Philip Wise's excellent TARDIS build, you should for some inspiration:

    http://www.therpf.com/f9/my-new-series-doctor-who-tardis-build-99629/

    Since I did a lot of work on the screen-used McGann innards earlier this year I'm going for the McGann version of the box, which is a bit smaller like yours. It will be very interesting to see how one of the 'smaller' variants looks when finished, most of the recent builds are of the massive New Series props which are a little less convenient to break down and transport to 'park' next to our resident BTTF delorean at movie car charity shows.

    --Brian
     
  16. Whovian

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    Ok, better late than never...lol. Time for a progress report.

    I added a 3/4" sheet to the base to raise the floor up like I've seen in all the pictures online and in the dvd's (using my complete Tom Baker era set as reference). Also, got all four corners done and mounted.

    Here's a shot from the front, showing the corner posts, and the back wall. The braces are temporary, just until the walls are up.
     
  17. Whovian

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    Here's the one wall, finished, on my dining room table.

    The bevels are 45 degree, done with my trusty True Value table saw (I love ebay...lol). The door is about 82" high, and the panel sizes are just a touch smaller, but proportional, to the plans I posted earlier in the thread.
     
  18. Whovian

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    I don't know how well you can see it on the inside here, but on each side of the opening where the wall panels go, I put a 1x4 board all the way up, with just 1" showing from the outside. That gives the wall panels something besides the corner itself to connect to, and frames it nicely, looking very much like the Newbery prop.

    The outside shots show it better. I know that last one looks like the panels get progressively smaller as you go down, but it's just the angle and my crappy cell phone camera.:$
     
  19. Whovian

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    Here's a better shot of the 1" overhang I mentioned.
     
  20. Whovian

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    The only problem I can see so far, is that my corner posts are about 1" too short. I have 6" above the wall panels, and I need to get the sign box as well as some additional wall above that before the roof begins, as seen in this image. I may have to make the sign box a little less in height than it should be, but there's not a lot I can do about that at this point. It'll work out.

    EDIT: Check out post #41 for a picture showing the short posts. Turns out they are actually about 4" short, as they currently end right above the sign boxes. Remain calm... all is well ;)

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  21. Rassilon

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    Hey at the speed your builing this Tardis, You will have it finished next month. Nice work.
     
  22. Organic Mechanic

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    This is my favorite TARDIS. Keep up the good work.
     
  23. greatwazoo42

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    I'm going to enjoy watching this one come to life. Keep up the good work!
     
  24. Whovian

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    thanks, gang. Nice to see my work appreciated :) This coming weekend, I hope to manage the other two walls. After that,I think I'll have to figure out the sign boxes and then tackle the roof. I plan on saving the doors for last.
     
  25. Guri

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    It looks great! Such attention to details.

    What's the update with the Home Ownders Association now? They still giving you a hard time?
     
  26. Bonded Hawk

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    No,no,no. I will not start another project. I have been a Baker fan since the 70's. Im loving this build.
    Great job.
    Bonded Hawk
     
  27. Whovian

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    I saw a lawyer, who looked at the pile of emails and letters, and plans, and first said 'Hey, that's a Newbery Tardis, right?' (knew I found the right guy right there...lol).

    Anyway, he said no judge in the state would take the architectural committee passing the buck off to the main board as fulfilling the rule I invoked in our home owners association (15 days written notice or automatically approved). Essentially, he said they can't stop me. :cool
     
  28. HaroldVonBraun

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    Love to see some love for the Newberry TARDIS, it's quite possibly my favorite TARDIS, an opinion other people tend to disagree with.
     
  29. Cyber

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    Good progress so far, I look forward to seeing it progress.

    I'd love to have the skill to do something like this, but having had a nightmare putting up a prefabricated garden store I know it's beyond me!
     
  30. Whovian

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    Honestly, it's not rocket science. Measure twice, cut once, etc etc etc. Made a few mistakes, as mentioned above, but in the end it'll work out ok.
     
  31. Guri

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    That's great! I hope they give up and don't try to make life miserable.

    Kev and I looking forward to seeing this go up this summer. :D Also, a friend of mine is a huge Dr. Who fan, I'll have to show her the photos... If you ever need a place to move it, I'm sure she'd be okay holding on to it for you. haha!
     
  32. timelordjedi777

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    I may just try to build one. I don't know how the wife will react but hey it's worth it. Can't wait to see more of your progress.
     
  33. SirJediKnightTim

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    That is turning out great!!
     
  34. Whovian

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    lol... if she's single, I'll consider a 'loan'.;)
     
  35. Whovian

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    WOO HOO! I found a lamp for the roof on eBay.

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    It's a salvage from a ship. If I can't clean up the metal and get it where I want it, I at least have the correct size 360 degree fresnel lens.
     
  36. Whovian

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    slight setback, but not completely unexpected. Took the tarp off the TARDIS yesterday, and saw that two beveled cross pieces had fallen off. Well, as they were only Liquid Nailed on, I half expected that. So, I re-glued them, drilled all the way through from the outer side, then went inside (well, as inside as one can go with 4 corners but only one wall) and put 1" screws through the plywood and into all the beveled pieces. 1" was enough to get a good grip and hold them in tight, without coming through the outer side. Filled the visible holes, and that wall is repaired.

    As I was in the middle of making the other two walls, I did the same with them as I built them. Tomorrow I hope to get these other two walls in place.
     
  37. Hogosha

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    This is turning out fantastic! I will hopefully start mine this fall. Still have not decided on which Era though. As for the liquid nails, regular indoor outdoor wood glue works just fine, and get yourself a finish nailer from Harbor Freight when they go on sale......you will thank me!
     
  38. Guri

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    :lol She is!
     
  39. Whovian

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    Another day, another update.

    I got 3 walls up last week, so I finally feel like I am actually accomplishing something :thumbsup

    I know the corners are short, as you will later, but I decided it was too hot out to work on them, so I concentrated on the POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX sign boxes instead, as I could do that indoors.

    Here are a few shots of the boxes as I put them together...
     
  40. Whovian

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    The slots are for the actual signs. I will be using two sheets of plexiglass. One, painted black with the lettering in white, and a second sheet over that to protect it from the elements. When the outer sheet wears, I can just replace it, and the lettering underneath should be just as good as the day I install the plexiglass.
     
  41. Whovian

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    I temporarily nailed the boxes into place, just to see what they look like. I'm happy with the results, and painted it should look pretty good.

    You can see what I mean about the corners being short in the 3rd picture.

    However...
     
  42. Whovian

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    While the lantern with the 360 degree Fresnel lens I got off eBay is 'technically larger that the one (ones) used on the Newbery box, I think it will look just fine.

    Here's a shot of the lantern on a 48"x48" piece of 3/4" plywood. This will be the 'real' roof, and the slightly sloped facade roof with the lantern will be mounted on top of it.
     
  44. Rassilon

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    Excellent progress on your Tardis Whovian, I used a 12v beacon flash unit from a Cessna 150 aircraft, I think I have a photo or two of that somewhere, oh yeah here it is.

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    And now, after much rain delay, and vacation delay, my cunning plan for the corners...

    I added 4" to each corner by building essentially a cap, using the same construction techniques as the corner posts themselves. I bought a doweling jig at a local woodworking store (trust me, spend the money and get a good one made in the USA, instead of a crap one made in China like the first one I tried).

    A couple 3/8" dowels one each side of the cap just to line the pieces up properly... a good metal corner brace for strength... and the caps were in place. After that, I used a belt sander to smooth out the joint area... some wood fill in the joints and visible screw holes... and once it's dry I'll hand sand it smooth. When it's all done, no one will even know there are caps on the posts. Unless they look from the inside, or read this thread ;)

    The pictures don't show the 1/4 round molding, as I have not added it to the caps yet.
     
  46. Whovian

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    I even managed to get the main 3/4" plywood flat roof temporarily nailed into place. After vacation (yes, another one ;)) I'll use the same type of metal corner brackets I used on the base (to secure the posts) to secure this 1st roof. The sloped roof will be built later, placed on top, and secured from underneath with screws.
     
  47. Whovian

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    Had to put this in... my youngest son, and fellow Whovian, with his vacation souvenir.
     
  48. Guri

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    It's looking good! I feel really dumb, but when you called your son a 'fellow' it just now occurred to me that your screen name here has to do with Dr. Who. haha!

    Have you been covering it up in the rain? and also, I'm not sure if you said, but what do you plan to put in it or how will you use it?
     
  49. frosty

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    Such a great build, looks brilliant so far
     
  50. Whovian

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    I have a large blue (of course) tarp over it. Even so, the neighbors hvac contractor was working on her a/c unit and asked her if I was building a TARDIS. It's that recognizable, even under a tarp :lol:
     

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