TARDIS From a Single 2x4




About: If you like simple solutions then here you can find some of my crazy ideas.

To get an overview how I made this, watch the Video.

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Step 1: Cutting

My 2x4 was an irregular 2x4 because it was 2"x 4"

But if you use a bandsaw instead of a table saw then a normal 2x4 is big enough!

My Tardis has only two walls, so I cut the 2x4 in two pieces, one for each wall.

I divided it in 10 pieces and cut 8 on the table saw

Step 2: Dimensions

The TARDIS has two walls and each wall is divided in a upper frame and a lower frame.

The dimension of the TARDIS depends from the 2x4 and the thickness of your saw blade.

Thickness of one stripe = (width / 10) - the thickness of your saw blade

Cut 8 stripes, the last piece is one saw blade thicker

Tilt these piece 90° and cut it in 5 stripes
Here the last piece is also one saw blade thicker. Use this for the bottom.

The height of the lower frame = (the length of the 2x4 - one saw blade )/2

The width is determined by the length of the crossbars (one stripe=6 crossbars)

The height of the upper frame is the half of the lower frame + the top

In the upper Frame the windows are equal with the fields in the lower frame

Step 3: Making Half-lap Joints

All the crosspieces are joint with half-lap joints, made on the table saw

Step 4: Gluing the Frame

I put all together and glued it with wood glue.

Step 5: The Sign

For the sign I used a 4mm plywood and painted it black.

The letters are printed on paper. I cut them out and glued them on the board.

The frame was built with finger-joints

Later I glued it on the upper frame.

Step 6: Windows and Top

Windows and top were made with half-lap joints and glued on the upper frame

Step 7: Lock the Two Frames Together

To lock upper frame und lower frame together I used some extra pieces of hardwood.

The upper frame gets 3 "fingers" and the lower frame 3 pockets.

Step 8: Painting and Cover

For the windows I used white cotton and for the walls blue cotton.

Step 9: The Hinges

Instead of hinges I used wooden blocks with two holes and stitched them together with rubber band

Step 10: Fine Tuning

I closed the gap in the corner with an extra piece and I made a lamp wich sits on a diagonal bar.

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    18 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Fantastic! I want to make one, but think of all the work to make the inside gives me serious doubts.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! If you make only two walls, then the inside is the same as the outside! So don't panic!

    David Yakos

    3 years ago

    Im guessing the inside is taking a lot more time and material... being bigger then the outside?

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    3 years ago

    2 X 4 = APPROX 13 Lbs.

    Doubled for fabric, and other misc materials = 26Lbs.

    Cargo weight of the first octocopter in google search = 35Lbs.

    Now, When can we expect to see the T.A.R.D.I.S. flying around a major city near us, making the tardis noise? Maybe with a life size foam Matt Smith hanging from the doorway?

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Funny Idea! The weight of my TARDIS is less then 14Lbs (exact 6,1 KG). So my be I make a kite! LOL


    3 years ago

    more thought than materials.... wow.... love it!

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    Just4Fun Media

    3 years ago

    That looks incredible! How long did it take to construct?

    Have a great day! :-)

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