Tardis Sign

This was one of the first projects I did that I was really happy with. Unfortunately I didn’t really get any photos as I was making it.

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Domo unrelated.


It’s basically a box made from 1x5ish (i don’t remember the exact size) pine with inch wide trim around the face to make a little bit of a lip. I know that sounds strange, but you need to remember that because lumber companies are stingy bastards, you can subtract at least 1/4″ from each dimension on lumber, but trim is more true to size.

For the face of the sign I cut a drop ceiling light cover down to size, masked off the lettering and spray painted it darker blue than the wood portions of the sign. The masking was the hardest part of the project, and probably the biggest pain in the ass of anything I’ve worked on. I cut each letter out of contact paper with an exacto knife, and placed them on the plastic using a full sized printout of the sign graphic as reference. These days I have a small plotter, so it would be easy-peasy, but at the time it was no fun at all. The photo below is the main image I used for reference. The bluer sign that is clearly Photoshoped in is the version I made up in Illustrator, and is just there for comparison.

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Pretty spot on, if you ask me.

For the lighting I ran a string of LED Christmas lights back and forth along the back of the sign.

On the whole I’m happy with the way it turned out, but I do think I could do better. Now that I have the aforementioned plotter, a redo of this is on my to do list, I’m just not sure when I’ll get to it.

2 Responses to Tardis Sign

  1. Grey says:

    So why is the sign blue instead of black?

    P.S. I purchased that Domo!

  2. Jeff says:

    In the comparison picture it’s completely arbitrary. I only used that file for outlines. On the actual sign, mainly because I felt like it. In the show the sign ranges from pretty damn blue to pretty damn black. I figured a dark blue would be a good compromise.

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