I've got a few pics from the last few weeks, but everytime I find myself with internet, I have left the memory stick at home. One side, one door, the base and the back have been primed. I'm delaying painting the left hand door until my little door comes back to me. Sinking the hinges for that is going to be a pain with a chisel instead of a router.
Good old dad made me a FABULOUS roof, but I'm unsatisfied with the lamp setup I've got right now. I've got a fixture for it that's meant for a ceiling globe, but I think it goes too far up into the jar and it comes about 2 inches up from the top of the roof. I haven't figured out a good way to get the square at the base around that. I wish I could burn the money on that lantern, but then I'd still have the problem of the high fixture. (I just watched Runaway Bride, and the lanterns lining the aisle as Donna's getting married look pretty familiar!)
Post by Throgmorton on Jun 15, 2009 23:52:01 GMT 1
Thats lovely work Hannah. One sturdy structure.
I have realised that since I mentioned about the warping on my doors and windows when I compared your build to mine your builds is far supererior in every respect. I'm sure you will not suffer the same problems I've encountered on my Rainy City TARDIS.
Lovely jubbly keep up the good work!!!
"It's easier to do the job right than it is to explain why you did it wrong". (Longfellow)
"The perfect man has not yet been born". (Shortarse)
That's supposed to be for the light...actually I'm not sure how it will work, since the fixture has two wires. My dad put it in so I'd be able to hook it up to a switch or an extension cord or something. And now he's gone to Costa Rica with my mum for two weeks, so I won't even be able to ask him about how it's supposed to go together.
I attached the obnoxious little door on Friday! It also attached the remote box to the back of it...slightly crooked. I believe the appropriate phrase at this point is "Aw, eff it!" I haven't been able to get any painting done because of work and because it's been threatening to rain this weekend.
I got a lot of work done Saturday! It was a sunny day, you could even say it was a BLUE DAY! Things are finally getting to be blue! But first: Primed sides and doors (I had it tinted grey)
The little door that my dad made, cabinet style. I should have waited for this, because now I have to get the door sign reprinted smaller
Little door hung
This is the box that I put on the inside of the little door. It's for holding remote controls. I think I'll also put a sticky hook in there to hang the key.
Clamping it with a brick
Blue stuff! I'm really happy with this color, and I think it will look even better with the dark color over it. The grey square is the bottom of my roof. I also painted one of the sides, but I didn't take a picture of it before I stacked everything back up
The doors. I painted the inside of the box blue after it had been grey, and I kind of regret it. It looked really cool. I might paint it white, and I'm stalling on painting the inside of the doors until I decide whether or not I want them white. Any votes?
Ladies and gentlemen, the end is in sight. Construction is finished except for adding some hardware and hooking up the lamp. I've just got to put a coat of blue on each side and then the wash on the outside. Oh, it feels so good! Here's the roof with the second coat of paint. with this lighting, you can see where the filler didn't quite do the job I was looking for, but people my height won't even be able to see it
Lamp stuff primed and painted. I'm still not sure how this is going to work out, since I want to make it temporary until I get a lantern. I think the inch tall step at the bottom might have to wait.
Getting the sign in the frame is definitely an "ohhhhh yeah!" moment!
Here's most of what I did on Saturday. I made the window frames out of 1x4s that were ripped down the middle. I made the outer frames first, then got worried that I wouldn't be able to fit them in the holes if I put the crosspieces in first, so I put them in the windows and pieced them together there. I really recommend this because I had to do a lot of precise measuring and slicing 1/32s" off of the ends of pieces to get them in. I used superglue to put them together.
Problem solving: This crack (on the corner of the window) was really freaking me out, and I needed something that would block the light coming out from under the signs, so I put a bracing piece and screwed it in from the top to hold it stable and together
Mm, my plans for a SUPER DUPER PAINT DAY got derailed. My cousin was moving to town, so first I was going to help her move (which didn't happen) and then her parents and sister and niece and my parents all converged on my granparents' house...so nothing really got done this weekend except that I painted the backs of the doors white. They look really good. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change that I used grey primer, because it makes the white look kind of rough like it does in the show.
I had a mishap with the glaze paint too. The color that I got was way too purple. I diluted it with water and it went on nice, so I think I'll do it that way with the new color. The woman at the hardware store told me that since I had them mix up the color of another paint brand, she didn't want to mess with it, so I couldn't get it a shade darker. I'll have to mix and match on my own, I guess. Here's my test piece (left to right:Midnight Dream 1:1 diluted, Midnight Dream 1:2 diluted; Midnight Dream plus some of the base color (which dulled the sheen and I didn't like it); same, but with the brush less loaded; Planetarium sample, not high gloss like I got in the end.
Hanna, I have to say your whole design is wonderful! The descriptions you have put in your posts about the problems or questions have done nothing but help me in my build. My build is not a full TARDIS, but only half. It is full sized though.
Your roof is astounding! I hope ours looks half as neat! If a lowly one as I could Exalt you as much as I want to, I would!
Our base still needs some tweeking, primed and painted. Our walls are almost done including the windows, phone door sign, lock and handles. I'm building the lamp structure tomorrow and putting the electronics in a transportable case.
We are still in the design stage of the roof. We haven't even started on the roof and we only have 6 days to get it done! I've sent some of the suggestions I've seen about the construction to our design engineer as he's doing them in AutoCAD and handing us a stack of printouts to put the thing together.
I just look at your design/build and sigh wishing mine looked partially as good.
Until next time, remember to, “Simply reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.”
All credit for the roof goes to my dad. Well, except for the stacked frame around the outside. I was also the one who figured out the proper (theoretical) dimensions for the trapezoids, but I don't know if he used them because he built it without me. We got most of the inspiration for the design from scarfwearer's and britishink's builds and a bit of cleverness from my uncle. The supports just ended up being on the corners instead of across the middle, and it's a lot lighter that way. If you can figure out the angle between the hypotenuses of the trapezoids, you can cut an angle along a long piece of wood like dad did.
I don't know if completing or even getting close would be possible without this board and specifically Hanna, Purple, Shane and the ever-present Crispin. I don't mean to slight the others, I just can't think of everyone.
Awww Heck... EXALT EVERYONE!
My designer says the same thing. The info is invaluable. I know that for our next one, it will be even better!
Until next time, remember to, “Simply reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.”
I'm SO CLOSE to being done and I hit a huge ARRRRRGGGG! I neglected to measure the back of the latch before I cut the hole for it, and it's too close to the edge, so it'll hang a good half an inch off of the door. I know there was a bit of space between the doors when I hung them, which was covered by the center moulding, but I don't think it was that much. I've got two options if it doesn't fit: find a cheap lock facing at the recycled building store and fake it, or try to find a different kind of lock. They probably make those in the same standard size, huh? I feel really stupid about it. I really wanted it to be functional. I don't suppose anyone wants to buy a nice latch for their build?
Everything besides that is going really well. I had to go back to the hardware store to get my paint fixed because they mixed up the wrong color, not the one I ordered. But I am really really happy with the final color. It's brighter blue than it looks in the pictures, and is called Planetarium by Behr. I diluted it by a little more than half, spread it on, then ran a dry-ish brush along it to make the lighter blue show through. side
sign frame and bracing pieces
I tried out Magepro's technique of distressing by putting the dark purple paint that I got mixed first in the cracks of the panels, but it didn't really show up that well when I got the glaze over it. I tried it a little more thoroughly on the doors, but I haven't put the final coat on them yet.
My FRANKENLAMP! My lamp was made using an Adam's Peanut Butter jar, some strips of what I think is aluminum, thicker than foil but thin enough to be cut with scissors, and a piece from a porch lamp fixture for the top. I painted the strips first, then glued them to the glass with Super glue, but the fixture was tricky to get on the top of the jar, so I used silicone caulking.
I'm SO CLOSE to being done and I hit a huge ARRRRRGGGG! I neglected to measure the back of the latch before I cut the hole for it, and it's too close to the edge, so it'll hang a good half an inch off of the door.
Well, you aren't the first person to have done this:
But I'm guessing you can still make it work. You just need to make a big enough gap to fit the overhang.
If you have enough overlap on the covering strip down the middle, you could plane a ¼" off the hinge side of one or both doors so there's a bigger gap between them, and set the strike plate as flush as possible on the other door, and just have the lock hang over the edge a little as I did. You may be able to recess the hinges if you haven't already to get a bit more space. If you have to rebate the strike plate a little as well, it wouldn't be a disaster. Worst case, you might have to pull off the covering strip and attach a slightly wider one. Anyway, I'm sure it's fixable.