TARDIS Little Free Library

I have completed this TARDIS Little Free Library cabinet for a client in Illinois.

It stands 28​ inches (71 cm) to the top of roof, 32​ inches (81 cm) to top of lamp.  The footprint is 16​ inches x 16​ inches. (40.5 cm x 40.5​ cm)

The lamp is solar powered and the top signs and PTO sign are printed on aluminum.

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You can view the build process at http://tardiscabinets.com/custom3.html


The 1/6th Scale TARDIS Table Lamp Completed

Here are some final photos and a build video of the 1/6th Scale TARDIS Table Lamp.

More photos and more projects are at http://www.tardiscabinets.com

Let me know what you think.

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I now have another order for a TARDIS Little Free Library to build.


I am building a 1/6th scale TARDIS

I am building a prototype for a new product for www.TARDIScabinets.com. This is a 1/6th scale table lamp with some unique features. All 24 of the lower door panels will be made of TARDIS blue semi-transparant plexi-glass and all 8 of the window panels will be a white semi-transparant plexi-glass. There will be a light source inside that will illuminate all from the inside, creating a timey-wimey glow. The frame is made of solid hardwoods.

The top lamp will be created using laser 3D printing and will light up via an LED on a separate switch.

This will stand 17 inches (43 cm) tall. I will also be building a pedestal display for it that will have underlighting. You will just have to check back to see what I mean and the build as it develops.

This TARDIS will be a hybrid design.

I like the look of the beveled base and the lamp I designed to be laser cut is new series.  I like the look of the Brachacki posts with quarter round insets at the corners and will attempt to mimic that with my router. (if I can find the proper router bit)   Or I will use my table saw to channel the corners at 1/8th depth and carve the quarter rounds out of some very small dowels I have on hand.

I like the roof design of the Met box and the step trim on walls/doors above windows.

Still undecided on the era of the top signs.  Windows, as I said, will be of white semi-transparent plexi-glass and I will use blue muntins, so those will be more 2005ish.

Color of TARDIS blue I will use is dictated by the color of the blue semi-transparent plexi-glass I found, so it will be a 2010ish blue.

It will have the St. John’s emblem and PTO sign of the new series designs

Because I like the look of wood so much, I wanted to show some photos of the build before she is painted TARDIS blue.  My next post will be of the completed project so be sure to favorite this Blog

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TARDIS Little Free Library

TARDIS Cabinets has received an order for a custom built Little Free Library cabinet to be placed outdoors in a public place in Iowa.

A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

This one will be a 1/4th scale TARDIS! Build entirely out of the hardwoods, poplar, birch, western red oak and Oregon ash. All glues used will be waterproof, all seams will be caulked.

Here is a pictorial build diary. and more information is at www.tardiscabinets.com or contact me with questions.

Video at the bottom of this page.

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Posts doweled to base and first top layer
Posts doweled to base and first top layer
Walls going on
Walls going on
Sign boxes
Sign boxes
Doors hung
Doors hung

Doctor Who Inspired TARDIS Wine Cabinet

This is a 1:3 scale TARDIS (or for those not familiar with the BBC show, Doctor Who) a 1962 era London Police Call Box.

This time, I built it to be a wine cabinet.  Total height from base to top of lantern is 40 inches.  Width and depth are 24 inches.

I had previously built a nearly full-size TARDIS as a bookcase and you can see that one here.

So I’m a nerd, but a nerd who likes wine.

I’ll post a few photos of the build in progress so you can see the materials used then a few of the finished product.

You can click any image for a larger view in a new window.

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Now I clearly need more wine!

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Thank you,




I built a TARDIS!

Doctor Who is a favorite show of mine and I love the exterior look of the TARDIS.  For those not familiar with what the heck a TARDIS is, It is the Doctor’s time and space machine disguised as a 1963 London Police call box.  Too complicated to explain, but I’m sure if you clicked this link, you already knew that.

There is a link to a video of the final results, both inside and outside, at the end of this post.

I wanted this to be a piece of furniture, not something I stuck out in the garden so I had to scale it down a little.  I started with a 6​ foot tall by 40​ inch wide by 20​ inch deep bookcase. The effect, hopefully, will be that the TARDIS will appear to have materialized in the wall.


Used clear pine to build out the framing. Top signs building and test fitImage5

Image7I did not want to make the doors out of plywood, I wanted solid wood, so I laminated 18 pieces of 1×3 pine for the grain and sturdiness.


Test fitting the doors.


The paint job.  The paint I used is Valspar 4009-6.  A historic preservation certified color called “Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic Blue”


Being a police call box, it needed a phone.  I found a vintage Bakelite phone on ebay. Wired it so the light come on when the receiver is picked up.



Started to glaze the windows.  60% translucent perspex so the interior lights show through nicely.



Image25For the crown of this build, I found an inexpensive jelly jar porch light.  Added a wire light cage from a home improvement store, a 4​ inch PVC pipe cap, an Edison bulb, and some old lamp parts I already had in my “don’t-throw-away-because-you-might-need-it-one-day” box.


Here she is, the “embedded in the wall” effect I was going for. Closed, and then open.



And the beauty shot.


Here is a video showing details of both inside and outside.  Video 

The full build is detailed at tardisbuilders.com

Let me know what you think.