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Started by buzzard bait, Oct 28, 2017, 06:24 pm

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buzzard bait

Oct 28, 2017, 06:24 pm Last Edit: Oct 28, 2017, 06:37 pm by buzzard bait
Object:To remodel the east basement hallway in a Dr Who/Steam Punk style...
East side:There is an 8' x 6' utility area plus an 10' x 8' enclosed bathroom butting off the east side of the hallway...
West side:There is a 6-1/2' x 6'0" area under the enclosed stairway plus 7-1/2' stretch of built in storage shelving and a HVAC utility area all butting off the west side of the hallway...
Office:My office entry is located at the south end of the hallway...
Concept:[1] Use my existing hollow core door to make a Tardis back door for my office. [2] Build a Tardis front door around the north entry to the hallway...
Specifications:Hallway is 39" wide with a clearance of 90" to the 2x8 floor joists. Use purchased telephone sign that measures 12-1/2" x 16"...
Back door design concept:Backdoor will be 1/2" plywood glued & pinned to hollow core door with 13"x 15-/2" translucent white plastic window and four section grill. Office side will be Tardis Blue and hallway side will be Tardis Gray...
Front door design concept:Because the west side of the hallway projects farther north than the east side, I will build the two door face to the north with a single panel on the east side...
Completed to date: [1] Bathroom remodeled in the Dr Who / Steam Punk style. [2] Hallway painted my idea of Tardis Gray. [3] Various Dr who posters hung along with a monitor display Dr Who images. [4] Office door conversion. [5] AutoCad drawing of north end Tardis front...
Attached pictures:[1] Hallway before initial remodel [2] Hallway after initial remodel [3] Office door during rework [4] Office door after rework [5] AutoCad picture of Tardis front (north end)

[attachid]East Hallway 00.JPG[/attach][attachid]IMG_20171026_110703.jpg[/attach][attachid]IMG_20171026_110703.jpg[/attach]East Hallway Before.JPGEast Hallway After.jpgOffice Door Before.jpgHallway side.jpgOffice side .jpgTardis North Side.JPG

buzzard bait

Nov 03, 2017, 09:22 pm #1 Last Edit: Nov 03, 2017, 09:23 pm by buzzard bait
It doesn't work!
I planned on using some plastic sheets I have for the Tardis windows.
I tried to edge light one of these with a strip of LEDs to see what it would look like.
Unfortunately the light doesn't penetrate the white plastic sufficiently to light it up.
Tardis Window LEDs 001.JPG

galacticprobe

Nov 04, 2017, 04:12 am #2 Last Edit: Nov 04, 2017, 04:16 am by galacticprobe
Don't give up just yet, buzzard. Why not build a shallow light box to put on the back of the window, paint the inside of it white, and then put some battery-operated LED strings inside the box? That should put out enough light to let it illuminate the window. You could put the LED battery box with its ON/OFF switch on the outside of the light box so you can get at it easily enough. You could also hinge the back wall of the light box so you can open it (without having to take it all apart, or pull it off of the door) in case you need to get at the LED string if you have to fix or adjust something to get a smoother light distribution.

Another possibility is to build the light box, hinge the back of it, and then put one of those large battery-operated "tap lights" on the back wall. Then all you'd need to do was open the box, tap the light ON and close the back to have the window light up. Then just repeat the process to tap the light OFF when you're ready to "power down" your TARDIS.

Does any of this help?

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

Bob's your Uncle

You are truly an artist, Buzz.
Can't wait to see photos of the steam-punk bathroom.


Greg.
"Listen. All I have to do is dive into another dimension, find the time traveler, help her escape the monster, get home before the entire dimension collapses, and Bob's your Uncle."

'Hide'  S07 E09

Volpone

I'm no lighting engineer, but I wonder if you could take a clear sheet of plexi, stick a white film on the back of it, and light that from the bottom. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

galacticprobe

Nov 06, 2017, 05:17 am #5 Last Edit: Nov 06, 2017, 05:19 am by galacticprobe
That's an excellent idea, Steve! They do sell "frosting" film (diffusing film) of the peel-n-stick kind so people can put it on their bathroom windows if those panes are clear. (I remember when I was growing up, it seemed like that was a standard feature of bathroom windows: frosted glass. All new construction these days seems to use only clear glass.)

Another method that someone mentioned, with some good results, was using an orbital sander on clear plexi/perspex to get that frosted look. The advantage with that is you don't have to worry about bubbles (or hair, dust, bits of grit, etc.) getting trapped under the film while you're trying to stick it on the perspex and smooth it out.

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

buzzard bait

Here are some pictures of my DR WHO loo. We have Dr Who bathrobe, light switch cover, mugs, soap dispenser, trash basket holder, wash rags, towels & floor mat. The wash basin is mounted to an old Singer sewing machine base. Paper towel & toilet paper are held on black iron pipe fixtures I assembled and painted. The steampunk lighting fixtures were purchased. I installed the ceiling using corrugated steel wains coating Menards was getting rid of.DR WHO loo_ 004.JPGDR WHO loo_001.JPGDR WHO loo_002.JPGDR WHO loo_003.JPGDR WHO loo_005.JPG

buzzard bait

I don't believe it! Completed the dado work for the window grills, some 42 - 1/2 x 3/4 boards. Perfect dado work. Problem is I was trying for 6-pane windows & I made the cuts for a 4-pane window. OOPPS!!!!!!!!!! I hate to through out all that wood and all that work so I probably will just live with the result. It doesn't look too bad, it's just not what I was aiming for.

barnacle

Been there, done that.  Except my errors were sufficiently egregious that I had no choice.  We're talking structural here...

Eh, six-pane, four-pane.  Wibbly-wobbly, n'est-ce pas?

Volpone

No problemo.  The chameleon circuit pulled data from the new(ish) Earl's Court police box.  The Windows file was corrupted so it had to go out and find a contemporary police box to reference. 

I apologize for the Windows pun.  But I couldn't resist it. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

buzzard bait

Nearly done! Since I had to fit this into an existing space all sorts of problems presented themselves. I still have to figure out how to mount a light. The ceiling floor joists will be covered with sheet rock and that means the light can't go in the center. I only have 1" clearance now. I may have to mount it towards the front just above the door sign (sorry Doc).. Also the hallway is so narrow that hinged Tardis doors would shrink access by another 3+". So I had to use a pocket door design (sorry Doc). TARDIS.jpg

phillbarron

Looking good.

What's a pocket door?

barnacle

Pocket doors are the variety that slide into a wall rather than swing one way or the other.

May we please see them in the open position?  I'm quite intrigued... providing an interesting approach to the indoor installation "tight space" problem.

Volpone

If I were doing it, I'd embrace the low ceiling instead of trying to work around it.  Do the old "materialized in a wall" think a few people have done here.  If you're dead set on having a light, put it up in the joists and cut a hole in the drywall like the TARDIS materialized through the ceiling. 

Or just do the drywall and forget about the light.  If there's enough gap that you absolutely have to have a bit of the light, use a plastic peanut butter jar or something similar so you can cut it to the height of space you have.  Then you don't need the rain cap. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

buzzard bait

Jun 03, 2018, 01:55 pm #14 Last Edit: Jun 03, 2018, 01:58 pm by buzzard bait
View with the Tardis pocket door open. It has been some months since I had a chance to get back to this project. I intend to use a pneumatic piston to open/close the door. So far I have had problems controlling the speed.  
OpenDoor.jpg