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wooden pegs or screws?

Started by rnojek, Jun 10, 2010, 08:57 pm

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rnojek

Has anyone used wooden pegs to hold their TARDIS posts to the frame? I'd think it would be easier to break it down and transport it.

eddyc

Wooden pegs can swell if they get wet or even if it is very humid.

This would make it harder to get them out.

rnojek

I was just trying to find an easier way to take the TARDIS down quickly. But you do have a point there.

Scarfwearer

You can get hinges with removable pins - some people join their TARDISes together with these, which makes assembly/disassembly much easier.

Crispin

DoctorWho8

You can run long bolts from underneath the base and have the corner posts fit over those.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

mordrogyn

Or make the posts slot into holes in the base, which was my plan on the last build, this time around however I am thinking about the new NST method, which actually was something I started and then stopped at the planning stage on my previous build.


From last week's Confidential:
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Not entirely sure what those things are on each side of the wall's guide slot are though.
Bolts?  They almost look like little wheels on spindles but I doubt that's it
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)

rnojek

Good ideas but I'm baffled on the post dimensions. I've seen them 6'' on the front

mordrogyn

6x6 is pretty much the norm for all but the NST which started out narrower but in it's latest incarnation (and the refit just before) were widened to about 5.5 which is actually the width of a 2x6 or 1x6
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)

DoctorWho8

The cylinders are most likely the rods with the casters underneath the base.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff

galacticprobe

Jun 11, 2010, 08:12 pm #9 Last Edit: Jun 11, 2010, 08:22 pm by galacticprobe
Quote from: DoctorWho8 on Jun 11, 2010, 04:30 pm
The cylinders are most likely the rods with the casters underneath the base.
Bill "the Doctor" Rudloff


With those flat "heads" on those rods, maybe they're attached to the locks on the casters. This way once they get the old girl assembled and rolled into place, all they have to do is pull (or push) on those heads to raise or lower the rods, thereby locking the casters so she doesn't roll as the actors run in and out.

Maybe?

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

rnojek

Actors? We ain't no actors... well, I was in a play once twenty-something odd years ago. Thanks for the tip

Primrodo

How would one make teh castors activate there?

galacticprobe

Jun 12, 2010, 12:36 am #12 Last Edit: Jun 12, 2010, 12:54 am by galacticprobe
Quote from: Primrodo on Jun 11, 2010, 11:36 pm
How would one make teh castors activate there?


Most large casters have levers on their sides, like rockers, that when you "twist" it in one direction it locks the wheels so they don't turn. Then when you twist it in the other direction it unlocks the wheel so it can roll. Something like the one pictures on this link:

http://www.uxsight.com/product/images/c/en/full-rotation-flat-caster-wheel-with-swivel-lock-xs0027091029c.jpg

You could drill and bolt the rod to the flat part of the lever, and then with the flat "head" on top of the rod you could pull or push the rod without puncturing your hand. And judging from the amount of room in the opening where those rods are sticking out of, the caster would have enough room to pivot quite a bit even with the rod attached.

There are dozens of pivoting casters that can be locked in similar ways, but have different types of levers, and many of those have a flat spot where such a rod could be bolted to. Sort of like making a little parking brake, one on each wheel (or at least the two that we can see in this photo).

I'm not saying that it is exactly what those rods are for, but if you think about it, it wouldn't be easy to use just a hand to lock the casters once the TARDIS was assembled and set in place.

Dino.
"What's wrong with being childish?! I like being childish." -3rd Doctor, "Terror of the Autons"

mordrogyn

I did wonder about locking castors when a box was complete, not sure whether to fit any or not yet, not that far through though.
(http://i50.tinypic.com/20kan9v.jpg)