We have a phone line to the house from our cabin down in our dingle (pictured in my avatar). The Panasonic system phone I installed in there didn't fit with the cabin decor, so a couple of months ago, I started looking for an old wooden wall phone for it, or a newer replica wooden phone.
Nothing I found met my desires, so, ultimately, I decided to build my own. I had some antique oak salvaged from a poorly restored dresser that fell apart (top and drawer fronts). It took a lot of looking on the Internet, and some thinking and figuring to get the design and all the functionality I wanted, AND be able to make it all out of the limited wood at hand.
I bought all the antique and reproduction works and trim on-line from PHONECO Antique phone, collectible telephone, old telephone.
Here is the final project, before I installed it yesterday.
Before anyone asks, yes, it works. The bells ring, and if I wish to place a call, I just lift the receiver and then lift the writing shelf to reveal the concealed TouchTone pad.
And, if I need more access to our home phone system, I just open the door...
And there is the system phone.
I even wired it so that cranking the magneto rings the bells.
Doing this, I learned how to make box joints, and plunge-rout the "picture frame" around the transmitter mount.