Laser Cut Police Box (aka TARDIS)

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Laser Cut Police Box (aka TARDIS) by markp Mar 23, 2012


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Model of the 1950's UK Police Box, also used by some for time travel.

These were made for my children to play with and are built to scale with (most of) their existing figures.

Cut on Kwartzlab Makerspace's G-Weike (http://kwartzlab.ca) laser cutter.


Made for 3mm material at least 300x300mm in size. This example is made from hardboard, but any 3mm laser-cuttable material can be used such as acrylic, cardboard, etc.

Requires: Glue, paint, paper for inside windows and signage.

  1. Lay out pieces with scorched side up. Note the two thick and two thin door frames which fit the base. Sequence is thick-thin-thick-thin. Inner doors nest inside each other. Broken outer-door centres can be glued back in place.

  2. Build scorched side out. The base is asymmetric to fit the doors. A quick dry-fit will ensure parts to in the correct place. The door centres should be exactly centered with each other.

  3. It’s easiest to build upside-down, placing the door panels in the roof. Make sure the outer door panel is pulled towards the top of the door frame.

  4. Glue the bottom in place, then after about 15 minutes flip over and glue the top in place. The outer door frame may need some glue in the centres.

  5. The door panels come in two sizes. Glue the outer edges, and place inside tight to the edges. Place the thick one first, then the thinner one tightly next to it.

  6. There should be a gap for the next side door panel. Wait a couple minutes for glue to set, then rotate and do the next side.

  7. Glue caps together, make sure all are aligned.

  8. Paint. Cut paper to fit windows and glue to inside. Signage can be laser-printed and glued.

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What kind of plywood did you use for this model?

Thanks a lot..... I have been looking for something like this and finally found it.!!

This looks awesome! How difficult do you think it would be to redesign it so the doors open?

I also have a 300x200 bed and moshidraw is a terrible program, that being said I imported and manipulated the original till I got a reasonable setup for a 2 page cut to fit my bed. It took an hour or so at most with gimp2.

Really wanted to make this, but the default 300x300mm is too large for my cutter, and I can't rearrange the pieces. :( Have you got an svg version of the file where I can re-jig the parts to fit on my 300x200mm bed?

Fantastic model btw! :)

I added an Arduino Comaptible to mine for a flashing blue light and the vroooop vroooop sound. Vidoe of it in action: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3967671343550https://www.facebook.com/photo...

That's awesome!