My Tardis Build – Stage 5

It seems that it’s been a week since my last update. What have I been doing for the last week? Well live goes on and we have a time vortex in our garage. I get lost in the vortex every time I go out there for “just a few minutes”.

It doesn’t look like I’ve done a lot on the Tardis but I’ve been plodding away at it.

  • I picked up the ‘police box’ stickers. They look great. I made the door sign myself. I’ve decided that instead of the St John’s Ambulance sign, I’ll put our street number on the right side of the front.
  • I put in over 200 screws, screwing down all of the trim that I’d previously glued. While I used glue that’s fit for outdoors I decided not to trust it to the weather.
  • I filled all the gaps and the nail heads.
  • I wasn’t happy with the mail access doors on the back. They looked messy and really spoiled the back of the box. They didn’t close easily and I had to mitre the sides so the doors would open properly – a result of poorly placing the hinges due to lack of experience. This left gaps and gave the doors an unfinished look that would have been only slightly improved with paint. I took the doors off and replaced them with a flap that’s hinged at the top. This looks so much better. The new door/window is just a bit smaller than the windows on the other sides. This is because everything had already been assembled in the wall and I didn’t want to have to rebuild it from scratch or try to disassemble things that had been glued and screwed. Either way would have meant too much waste and buying of even more wood. It seems that I didn’t get a proper photo of the original doors.

I’m almost ready to undercoat the walls, now. I just have to sand back the filler to give it a nice, smooth finish. I’ll get the undercoat on and the walls assembled before I do the roof. Or maybe three of the walls properly bolted together and the back just tacked on with a couple of nails for now so we can more easily put it in place and bolt it to the existing mailbox. But that presents issues of it’s own and I’ve learned not to concern myself with anything more than I’m working on at the moment or I won’t get any sleep at all!

The back wall without the windows/doors

The back wall without the windows/doors

Fitting the new mail access flap in place

Fitting the new mail access flap in place

Flap fixed in place in the wall

Flap fixed in place in the wall

The hinged flap

The hinged flap

 

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