The one thing I love about twitter is that it connects you with people and their wonderful ideas. One such person is Andrew Wilcox (aka @unclewilco) who writes for shedblog.co.uk as well as running the website readersheds.co.uk
Andrew has just completed work on the SEVENTH Shed Of The Year awards which were judged by Kevin McCloud, Sarah Beeny, Andrew and 2012 winner John Plumridge.
The 2013 winner has been announced as the Boat Roofed shed, owned by Sheddie Alex Holland from Machynlleth in mid Wales. BUT…whilst Alex may have won the big prize, @unclewilco has given me permission to share with you his blog post on the winner of Tardis Shed of the year 2012 which is owned by John Williams of Newport.
My shed is based on the current (2010) Tardis prop, as it is the largest design and therefore more practical for storage purposes. As well as being an attractive novelty garden feature, I am using it to store decking furniture when not in use. There are 8 internal flourescent lights and a roof lamp which provide illumination for evening entertaining. Internal speakers and sound effect recordings provide the famous take-off and landing, door opening and cloister bell sounds. The left-hand door features an externally accessed “phone-box” for additional storage.
I built my Tardis shed from my own plans which I’d drawn up on my laptop, scaling it first from a
photograph of David Tennant with the BBC prop. It is built primarily from 8 sheets of 8x4ft oriental ply, 18 and 25mm thick. The wood is sealed with 2 coats of Cuprinol “Iris” wood protector and a further coat of external clear varnish. The joints are sealed with external clear sealant. All sign work I made from scratch, using polycarbonate sheeting for the police box signage. The lettering was masked using airbrush masking film before back spraying with black car primer. The “Pull To Open” lettering I engraved into 3mm kydex using a dremel, painted white and then hand painted the black lettering.