12" TARDIS LED nightlight

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Project by LiveEdge posted 36 days ago 1244 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is a huge Dr. Who fan, so for his birthday I decided to build him a TARDIS model that would double as a nightlight. It is built out of birch plywood with scrap wood for the few other pieces (corners, roof, and the base). The LED light comes with a remote and can be set to many different colors or programs that cycle through. With an LED I don’t have to worry about heat buildup (although there are vents behind the “Police Box” signs) and it only consumes 6W. My wife noted that the fins on the LED look somewhat like the TARDIS’ central console. I’ll take it.

The first picture is just me having a little fun with EL wire. ;)

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#1 posted 36 days ago

I am willing to bet your son will be thrilled. Great job.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 36 days ago

Thanks! My wife says I should submit an application for “geek dad of the year”...

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#3 posted 36 days ago

You got my vote!

(Great job!)

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA,

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Henry Mowry

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#4 posted 36 days ago

Fabulous. It’s even bigger on the inside!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#5 posted 36 days ago

Fabulous. It s even bigger on the inside!

- Henry Mowry

I used the dimensional vortex attachment on the table saw for that effect. Originally I had it set for “smaller on the outside”, but I didn’t like it as much and switched it to the more traditional “bigger on the inside”.

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The Box Whisperer

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#6 posted 35 days ago

Are the dimensional vortex attachments available as an add on, or are the dedicated systems, sawstop style? Can you get them on radio alarm saws?

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#7 posted 35 days ago

Charles, I can only give you a glimpse of what it looks like. One of my buddies came over while we were making adjustments. We were getting a little goofy by this point because dimensional vortex machines can really screw with your brain.

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#8 posted 35 days ago

Great job! And I really like the special effects in the first photo, but I think the LED looks like an upside down Dalek. Does it “exterminate” nightmares? :)

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 35 days ago

cool project!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 35 days ago

First, awesome project, especially considering who it is for. Looks great and I’m sure your son loves it.

Second, you should be a little concerned about heat on a LED bulb. Even though they don’t consume much power, they definitely release heat, which is why most of the bulb is a heat sink. Also, many LED bulbs state on the packaging that they aren’t designed for sealed fixtures. Hopefully your vents are enough but you might want to validate the amount of heat after it has been running for an hour or so.

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Tim Christensen

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#11 posted 35 days ago


-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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