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Building a Police Box   a.k.a. The Doctor's TARDIS

The TARDIS roof lamp

Sourcing the components

Ships lamp with fresnel lense and plain glass
Taking the fresnel lens out of a ship lantern and replacing it with plain glass

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The hardest part to find (for me, anyway) to make this lamp, was the fresnel lens.
I eventually saw one in a ship lamp (anchor light) that was sitting in the widow of a ship's chandler.
I purchased the complete lamp just to get the lens but the lamp was not wasted as I replaced the fresnel lens with plain glass - simply a glass jar (from the supermarket) with the bottom cut off. It worked perfectly so I ended up with a working ships lamp as well as a fresnel lens for the TARDIS project.

The fresnel lens was 106mm (4 3/8") outside diameter (at the widest part) and 90mm (3 1/2") high.
The inside diameter was 76mm (3") one end and 78mm (a little over 3") at the other end.

All of the rest of the components I found without too much trouble.

Note: Since obtaining the fresnel lens, I have seen others at various places online including ebay.

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