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I want to build a small cabinet based on the TARDIS. I want the doors to open and close automatically and, of course, make the sound. It will only by 12 or so inches tall so I don't need anything big to do this. Ideally, I'd like to activate it by touch. My first idea was to start with the wiring for The Most Useless Machine and move on from there. Think that's a good start? Any better ideas on how to do it? The full build will be in an instructable.

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mvealey

6 weeks ago

This is going to be a cabinet for my darts. It will keep the general proportions of the TARDIS shape but will only be a few inches deep.

It's going to hang on the wall next to the board. I'm not sure if I want the front to open outward like a couple of barn doors or if the whole front face will just swing open. (The original only has a single door so that's not real practical.)

I'd rather hide the mechanism if I can but I'm not dead set against having some show. If it becomes an issue, maybe I'll give them a little bit of a steampunk look.

I'm going to make it without any automation and upgrade it afterward. If the plan ends up making me have to rebuild it for some reason, what's bad about a day in the shop?

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Ashemha

6 weeks ago

Will you need to be ale to have the interior fully visible? That is, does the mechanism need to be hidden? A mini arduino and stepper could almost be hidden in the ceiling/top so most viewing would not see. This code is basically two of the "intro" sketches for most arduino kits.

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Jack A Lopez

6 weeks ago

I dunno. Cabinet doors usually open outwards. Yet, if I remember correctly, the doors of the TARDIS open inwards. I think they had to, because that's the only way the doors would fit, because of the extra spatial dimensions inside the TARDIS.

So is this thing supposed to be a small, but functional, cabinet, to put stuff in, or is it more like a Cuckoo clock?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckoo_clock

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automaton_clock

Like, maybe every hour, it opens and closes the door, flashes the light on the top, and makes whoosh-whoosh noises?

It'd be a neat trick if you could make it skip into a bubble of hyperspace the way a real TARDIS does.

Oh right! But then how would you bring it back?

;-P

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RJF

6 weeks ago

I think one idea is to mount the TARDIS to the top of a large display box. The circuits and servo could be mounted in the box to control the TARDIS above it. Now someone else can come up with circuits that maybe on Instructable and how to link the serbo to the doors.