How to build a TARDIS! Limited tools needed. Free plans.


Whatever you do, DON’T BLINK! But you’re more than welcome to Microjig. Maker of the GRR-RIPPER Work safer. Work smarter. Well, here it is. On of my most requested projects ever. A TARDIS. I designed this so that you can take it apart and set it up without any tools in about ten minutes. I want anybody to be able to make this project with a real basic set of tools. However there are two tools that will really make this a lot easier. The first one is a miter saw. And the second tool that is really going to
speed up joining together all the boards is a pocket hole jig. I’m going to start by cutting all of the pieces to frame out all four of the sides. I’m sort of setting up an assembly line. I’ve got forty 12″ cross braces to make. I should be able to speed that up by using a stop block attached to the fence of my miter
saw. Now I can drill pocket holes into all of these
short pieces. These pocket hole jigs are really simple to
use. The trickiest part about using pocket screws
is that the pieces all have to be clamped together
tightly before you can put the screws in. I’ve got this kind of clamp that slides into that channel. Then I just drill in these pocket screws. That creates a really tight joint. And to make these boards even all the way down, I’ve cut out this board which I’ll use as a spacer. I’m not going to use the spacer on the last
one because I want it to be flush with the bottom. Now I’ll flip it around and attach the other
side. And I’ll use more pocket screws to join the pairs of panels together. I think I can put these columns together quicker if I glue them and tack them in with my nail
gun rather than use the pocket screws. You can also put screws in the sides. The base is the only part that uses 2x4s. The easy way to make something square like this base is to cut all the pieces to the same length. And then just alternate how they overlap. So on this corner, I’ll screw the end of this
piece onto the side of this piece. Whereas down here, the end of this piece will get screwed onto the side of this piece. You could put screws right through the ends and it would probably be strong enough. And there’s the base of the base. There’s a gap around this inner frame and so I can get this lined up I’m going to use some scraps of wood around it. I’m going to glue and tack these 1″ wide strips down the center of three of the sides. The bottoms extend out past the panels. For the front of the TARDIS this strip only goes on one half. This is the door. I’ve cut a bunch of these strips to drop down
in here and leave a gap for the peg to go into. I need to make the roof next which is going to keep it all nice and square. So I need that dimension to be the same size as the inside dimension of the base. I’ve cut a bunch of these blocks that I’m going to screw into the top of each of the columns. These are what the roof is going to drop down
into. The first tier of the roof drops down six
inches so I’m going to clamp on this spacer so I can get these all positioned correctly. I’m not going to glue these in because I may need to re-position them if something doesn’t fit right. With those pieces on, I’ve cut these pieces which will line up against the bottom of that cleat and overhang an inch on this side and the same on this side. Each tier of the roof is going to be a separate
piece otherwise it would be too heavy to lift on
top. So this is the lower piece and it’s just a
box. And I’ll glue and screw on this strip on the inside of the box on this tier and the next tier. The top two roof levels are shallower than
that base level. I’m cutting out this hardboard to fit on the insides of these panels. I’ll glue and tack these on. The official color of the TARDIS is Pantone 2955 and this is the closest I could
find which is a pretty close match. I’m going to use these plexiglass panels for the windows. I’ll just screw these into place. I couldn’t find any of that translucent white plastic, so I’m just spray painting
these. These are half inch square molding strips that I’m cutting into a bunch of pieces and
painting. I’m going to glue all of these pieces right on to the plexiglass. This board will help me line everything up. This little door won’t actually open. But I’ve used the same handle that I used
on this door. And the hinge on that is just a standard door
hinge with a removable pin so I can just drop the door in whenever I
set this up. And I just realized I’ve got these frames
in wrong. Luckily since the TARDIS was almost done, all I had to do was go back in time and re-do! For the top signs, I’m just gluing together a simple frame on a piece of hardboard. I’ll take those frames and screw them onto another board. I really want to thank viewer Chris Martin who made all of these vinyl signs and mounted them to plexiglass. They’re just beautiful and they’re going to work out perfectly. I’m going to glue these inside of the frames. And I’m sticking these on with velcro strips. The latch is just a magnet. You’ll have to get creative with the top light. Wyatt made this one using pieces from old camping lanterns. Well, I hope you enjoyed this project. It was a lot of work. It’s an easy project, but it’s just big! If you guys are interested in building a TARDIS definitely check out tardisbuilders.com There’s an entire community of people who build TARDIS’s and discuss them and probably build them way better than I
can. And my favorite video on building a TARDIS is by Astrid and it’s right over here. If you get a chance, watch it. It’s a lot of fun to watch. And if this is your first time here to Woodworking for Mere Mortals, Welcome! You should know that I post brand new woodworking videos every Friday on this channel and I would love to have you subscribe. And if you’d like to build this TARDIS, check in the description for a free set of
plans. Thanks for watching, everybody. I’ll see you next Friday.

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