Tardis IV

TARDIS IV

My TARDIS IV Console was a natural evolution from the TARDIS III. It evolved from a toy/prop to a proper piece of furniture. My TARDIS Table, or TARDIS desk is suspended from the ceiling like TARDIS III, and is a flat top theme like TARDIS I! I always loved the look of Captain Picard's desk on the Enterprise: a black glass counter sunk in to a dark wood top. I call this one my contemporary steam punk console. Construction began in mid-2008 and was completed in eight months.

It is suspended by an anchor plate, 'L' bracketed to the ceiling joist by 3 chains painted black and clipped onto three screw-eyes bolted to the bottom of the console. Like my third console, the console itself is a hollow light-box with a double layer of plexi-glass. The rear lit graphics and black paint are applied to the bottom layer of plexiglass. The top layer of plexiglass is clear.

My TARDIS desk has a space light game as a sensor array that sounds like a TARDIS taking off, when you win the game. It, like all my consoles, has a full sound system, and DVD player. The time gear is inside and visible on the main power panel.

The time rotor rotates on the console. It hangs with a hook caught on a large screw eye that rests on a lazy susan on the topside of the anchor plate. The motor is located beneath the rotor and is a small battery powered screwdriver, like my second console.

I toyed with the design of the time rotor quite a lot. I almost made it a stained glass motif, but I liked the crispness of the frosted glass look and the contrast of the white and black in the console. I do love black and white movies.

My console designs have evolved from copies of other designs to my own designs as proper furniture. My TARDIS is my desk. A place you come home to and plug in your electronic crap. A place to plug in your laptop, P.D.A., cellphone, etc. to be charged and linked to the rest of your life. Finally, you have your toys and eat them too, sort of.

As always, a TARDIS is an ever evolving project. I'm currently in the middle of renovations on my 4th console. New graphics, upgraded functions, etc.

I've upgraded the navigation/quantum cartography, the communications matrix, the dimensional stabilizers, and the main power display, complete with animated time gears. I've also upgraded my Cardasian keyboard. See, sane people like to play "air guitar", well, I play "air piano". The main controls on the environmental system doubles as my Cardasian keyboard. It can mimic any known instrument or band in the universe! I'm also rebuilding the time rotor. I'm keeping the frosted glass look, but upgrading from geometric shapes/test pattern to a more art-like celtic theme in frosted glass. This project (TARDIS upgrades) will be a future subject of my webcast, "TARDIS Time with Joseph".

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