Supplies

** Please note that this is a working list and is currently being updated.

This is only my suggestions on lumber.  You may choose to purchase and cut your pieces differently.

Suggestion:
  • Have the place where you buy the wood do the cuts for you. Lowes has a 50 cent cost for more than 2 cuts which is simple to deal with versus cutting it yourself. You save a lot of time/money if you let them do it (unless you have your own table-saw or don't have a couple extra cents to spare).
  • Lumber is usually shaved-down before it goes to the shelf (fyi - for those that are not handy-men). The thickness of a 1-inch will be 3/4-inch when you measure. The shaving of lattices does not apply.
  • When purchasing lumber, keep all small and large pieces that you might throw away. These can be used for building hidden areas such as the supports for the roof of the police box. I personally used the left over pieces and avoided cutting new pieces.  Trying to be "eco-friendly" I guess.

Lumber

This is my suggestion on the cuts for the lumber.

the foundation
    (1) 23" x 23-1/2" plywood for the foundation
    (2) 1 x 4 x 8 for the foundation

the sides
    (1) 8 x 6 cut into
      (3) 21" x 42" for the walls and
      (2) 9" x 38" for the doors
    (2) 1 x 3 x 8 half of the post (actual is 1x2-1/2x8) cut into
      (4) 44" long for each
    (2) 1 x 4 x 8 other half of the post (actual is 1x3-1/2x8) cut into
      (4) 44 " long for each
    (12) 1/4 x 1-1/2 x 8 lattices for the recessed walls and doors (3 for each wall/door)

the roof
    (2) 1 x 3 x 8 for the roof
    I personally mitre cut these; however, it is not necessary for the second stack. If you wish, you can have ONE cut as
      (2) 18-1/2" lengths for second stack
      (2) 13" lengths for second stack
      (2) 18-1/2" lengths for cross beam support for the "jam jar"
      (4) 3" lengths for the resting of the roof inclination at the base of the "jam jar"
    (1) 1 x 2 x 8 for the "jam jar" base cut as
      (4) 3-3/4" lengths to be used for "jam jar" base (Note: the lengths are long since they will extend from the cross-beam support up to the "jam jar"
    (2) 1/4 x 1-1/2 x 8 lattices for the stacks on the roof and the base of the "jam jar"
    (1) 18" x 18-1/2" plywood for the roof

Hardware

(1) Rotary tool is nice (optional -- I used this for cutting the recess for the "jam jar" at the top of the TARDIS.  I used a Dremel set.)
(1) mitre box and saw (needed for the foundation and stacks for the roof)
(1) hammer
(1) electric screw driver (I found this invaluable)
(1) box of 1 inch nails
(1) box of 1-1/2 inch screws
(4) angle brackets for bracing walls
(6) angle brackets for bracing three walls
(4) 1-1/2 inch hinges
(1) wood puddy - not necessary until you discover imperfections that need fixing
(1) sandpaper of various grits and a sandblock (electric sander is optional)
(1) tube of Silicon Sealant (Weather-proofing)
(1) primer
(1) Mediterranean blue paint (semi-gloss or satin finish)

Detailing

(1) 75-inch (or less) key-lock
(2) handles
(4) laminated titles of "POLICE PUBLIC CALL BOX", white ##-pitch white text on black
(1) 25-inch dowel - Used for the struts around the "jam jar" (4 - 2.25" cuts will be needed)
(1) Votive candle holder - Walmart had a candle in a votive in 2002.  This was perfect for the jam-jar.

Future Enhancements

  • flashing light
  • hinges for accessing panel
  • sound effect for dematerializing and materializing
  • sound effect for humming when stationary

Terminology

"jam jar" refers to the light/beacon at the top of the TARDIS

Fequently Asked Questions

Q: The measurements look simple. Are the measurements precise?
A: The measurements are not exact. I based my measurements to what was available at the hardware store. I really did not want to do a lot of sanding and planing. The supplies below are the minimum requirements needed to build the box the way I have.

Q: Why are you using 1x3 with 1x4 for the posts/support beams? You can't make a square post with that!
A: Yes, the literal measurement and positioning of the beams make it to where one side will be .25-inches off from the other side. The reason I chose to do it this way is for one reason -- simplicity. Additionally, you have to realize how heavy it would of been if I really did make solid square posts. If you wish to do a COMPLETELY square posts, you will have to modify my measurements to accommodate your preference. I can not make the modifications and guarantee the end result since I did not build mine that way.

"The Blue Box Project", since January 2002