My nephews are hooked on Dr. Who, the long-running British sci-fi series which seems to have a cult following. Their house is overrun with Dalek toys and models. Me, I have my Captain Kirk Chair and Stargate gong.

There also seems to be a culture of building a TARDIS. It is afterall, from the outside, a normal British Police Call box. Inside, it is bigger than it appears on the outside. And from the tales of Instructables member Goodhart, he can tell you how to fit a ton of stuff in small maker space. Yup, a small room is smaller on the inside.

I am relatively new to Dr. Who, really didn't watch it while growing up since it was on TV at odd times and I was still trying to figure out Monty Python. There are many versions of the TARDIS so some details may be mashed-up as I tried to adapt it for construction. I'm not really sure exactly which one this ended up looking the most like but feel free to comment on any authentic details you would like to expound on.

Anyway, you haven't really tried Making until you have done an Altoids project, LED project, duct tape project and some kind of IKEA hack. I started out thinking I could mod an IKEA blue foil/laminate Billy bookcase, hem the bottom/top, and applique a set of doors. Then I started to price out the project and that was way more than I should be spending on materials. So at Tarjay I found a smaller bookcase the right size that would do the trick.  This one made for college dorm life for $20US was just what I needed. Wally World should have an equivalent product. It's all about finding and using a premade shell that is proportionally correct for the dimensions.

As this is a sekret xmas gift, I shall post a video later of my nephews having fun with it and hopefully I get some video editing skillz to create that vanishing TARDIS special effect.

** Note that this instructable is written up for the contest deadlines, I still have to do some minor tweaks on installing the doors and figure out the best placement of the door handle and I will hot glue a metal disk or coin for the Yale lock. This instructable will be updated to reflect changes.

* full video coming soon *

teaser video, must be viewed with head tilted a lot or put your computer monitor on its side.

Step 1: Acquire the Necessary Materiels

You will need a small three shelf bookcase. 2 feet wide, 40 inches high. You can scale this up for a bigger bookshelf if you have the room. I picked the dark finish for the interior since you can also buy it in white.

A trip or two to the home center:

Lumber or Timber:
Approximate, since I had some leftover scraps I used from previous projects

1"x 3" stock (2 - six footers)
1"x 2" stock (8 - six footers)
2"x 3" stock (1 - 8 footer) for the base
pencils or 5/16" dowels

sheet of 1/4" thick hardboard, can use thin plywood or mdf

3/8" square stock for window frames
1/2" square stock to frame the POLICE BOX sign
shoe moulding to frame callbox sign

Many of the pieces were built up by just gluing edge to edge. They weren't structural parts so no need to dowel or biscuit the joints. You can never have enough clamps.

Woodworking tools:

I used pocket joinery for many of the structural elements.  A special jig is used to drill angled holes. The pocket hole screw reinforces the joint.

Since this was a late at night project, I tried to avoid using power tools. You know how I like my neighbors but I did need to use the router table.

I did most cuts with a handsaw,  backsaw/miterbox but a fine ryoba or japanese handsaw would have been nice. I did without my jigsaw and power sander.

I did use my Craftsman cordless drill/driver.  http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00917191000P?prdNo=2&blockNo=2&blockType=G2

And I broke out my router/router table.

Lamp housing:
They sell replacement wall lantern covers. This one for a jar lamp was made from plastic and looked right for the project.

paint in a nice shade of TARDIS blue - the can of navy blue seemed too dark and the deep blue seemed a richer color.

paint primer - always prime your bare wood to get a nice paint finish, I always have a 2-gallon bucket of the house paint primer around for various projects

4 sets of 2" hinges for the doors
two metal handles for the callbox and door

I found a callbox sign on the internet but it didn't look aged enough. I used GIMP to spray paint it with some gray pattern to make it look worn.

I had to create the POLICE BOX sign since it had to fit the space for the sign. It was 1 1/2 x 18 inches. I couldn't figure out how to get the printer to print out larger on two pages so I just cut the graphic in half and printed it out on one page. I will glue it together when done.  It was just white text on a black background.

I also created a window texture. I box filled with ice pattern and gave it some shadows by spray painting with a galaxy texture.

I have a paper laminator so I will encase the graphics in plastic sheeting. You can use adhesive laminating paper or clear shelf liner with adhesive to simulate the glass covering.

Lotsa glue, I recommend yellow carpenter's glue, better tack and quicker drying than white

Hot glue gun to attach the various parts

CAUTION: Know your tools and use eye protection where needed. Hot glue is hot and can burn.  Having an immense amount of tools laying around is a danger in itself.  Operation of a TARDIS should be left to someone who knows which button to press.

<p>This is an amazing idea and doesn&rsquo;t seem that hard to build. I have just the right tools up in my storage unit which have not been in operation for quite some time now so I guess it is the perfect time to gear them up with this cool project. However, I am not entirely a huge fan of Doctor Who so I might just tweak the design a little and come up with something else.</p>
<p>Thanks. It's really an exercise in making something that suits your needs and tastes. It could have turned out like the entrance to a Mayan temple, bank or bomb shelter vault...just make something, Instructables has a make a box contest going on that you could enter. Good luck.</p>
ok this really is awesome and I may give it a go. however the first rule of doctor who is to never abbreviate doctor ?
<p>Oh no, I may be exterminated for that. Thanks for pointing that out. I cannot go back in time to correct that though but it may be corrected in the future.</p>
If You ever are in Cardiff they have a Dr. Who exhibit at the museum. I was EXTERMINATED.
Are you referring to the Doctor Who Experience or is there something else in a museum there that I have missed?!
OMG, that sounds brilliant. Too bad I don't live there...
Good job! I love the photo next to the car lol
Make a mini doctor who doll to go inside!!
i love this
This. This is amazing. Normally I'd think I could never do something like this, but after putting together all the furniture for my bedroom, I think I can actually do it. Plus I have an uncle who's handy with this kind of thing if I'd need help. Back to Home Depot!
This is awesome :) My friend is a big Dr. Who fan, so I'm tempted to try to make this for her. Even though I have no experience with building things out of wood.
There are no fancy cuts and really you could do everything with a handsaw. You could do without the pocket hole joinery but you can even make a pocket hole jig and then you will find other projects to make. Good luck.
This is a really great instructable! I love Doctor Who, and I will most definitely be forcing my dad to make me one for christmas. :D He'll so go for it if I knit him a dalek, lol
make a cool dooor<br>
I think that the length and width are equal of the overall rectangular prism &quot;shape&quot; of the tardis
Oh be careful with the hot glue gun, guess how I know? If you can make the inside of your home beautiful, then you can make the outdoors just as beautiful especially with summer coming. Check out where I bought my outdoor swing at http://www.foreverpatiofurniture.com
SPAM. More SPAM in the link than on the outside.
But a hot glue gun is as good for outdoor use as it is for putting together blocks of S P A M !
you know what would be cool if you took one of the recordable gretting cards and recorded the TARDIS sound idk how to describe it or the doctor who theme song, and then took it out the card and taped it inside the door so ever time you opened it it would make the sound
What would be awesome is if someone made a TARDIS room entrance. That way, it would look small on the outside but be big on the inside.
You guessed my planned summer project. I want to use it as a entrance in my shed. I have actually thought of doing this since I built the TARDIS console.
A room entrance Tardis, has been done. Try visiting http://tardisbuilder.com for better information (than mine). Not sure if full scale plans can stille downloaded or not.
http://tardisbuilders.com <br>sorry...
There is one of these on the third floor of the east parallel of East Campus (Tetazoo) at MIT.
You could also put it on a dog house or pet door.
My 6yr old daughter is a Dr Who fan literally from birth, she saw this and wants one she can step into to play games. So... there goes the cupboard in the laundry! Or if she can wait we will find one after Christmas to convert. <br>When I first saw this I though it was a CUPBOARD conversion...simple cheap good idea, GOLD STAR to you sir.
Any wall cabinet can be converted. You are really just making a new face frame with doors, and fitting a slice of the roof and lamp to make it look good. Since the sides are usually obscured when pushed back against the wall, you don't have to trouble yourself with duplicating the door details for the sides...unless you want moar. I think people would do this to an entertainment console, wardrobe, refrigerator, diswasher, oven, etc...<br><br>Leave the inside shelves and the back off of the bookcase so the kids can just pass through and play. Keep the adults out.
Caitlin does want her own TARDIS now to play with her dolls. Maybe I should do it up in Hello Kitty pink.
Hmmm . . . that sounds awesome, but if you did it in pink it wouldn't be the TARDIS anymore . . .
It would cover up the burn and wear marks though.
'Burn marks'?
That time travelling weathers the TARDIS.
does it come with books from the future? lol:] great work!
Yeah, along with a strange PM from one of the ibles staff,<br><br>ALL THESE IBLES<br>ARE YOURS TO SPAM <br>EXCEPT THE TARDIS<br>ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE<br>USE THEM TOGETHER<br>USE THEM IN PEACE
Nice 2010: odyssey two/2061: odyssey three reference...
weird. i dunno what to make of it
You wouldn't want those books. They might contain the Vashta Nerada.
iv got a good use for a flesh eating book!
Nerds! Oh No's LOL j/k ;D
I want this in my Office.... nice and cheery and it will totally freak out everyone except the Brits
I guess it has a certain charm to it. Fits in any decor.
NICE. I was so disappointed to reach for the feature button, only to see someone beat me to it...
Awww, phail. You are losing your stalker touch.
AWESOME!!! I want one!
AWESOME!! You can make one!
just stop the video recording with the tardis in view, take a photo from the same orientation (with a tripod), then, in the editing software apply a fade from the end of the video to the photo (and if possible, make it last 6-10 seconds).

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