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    My "antique" telephone project...

    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.

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    Very nice. That is a work of art!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Good&Green View Post
    Very nice. That is a work of art!
    I HAVE TO AGREE. it made me laugh as the OP was showing and telling if u want more modern, just lift this or pull this open, made me smile and laugh all at the same time. really nice piece.
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    Very nice , looks like a old phone.
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    Very Cool, SLOweather.
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    Well done.

    It reminds me of the old B & W Lassie TV series where Timmy's Mom would crank the phone to get the operator.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    That is very cool. My father has one that he salvaged out of a trash pile as a kid. He did the same thing where he wired it to ring itself. He never took the step to integrate a modern phone, just hung on the wall for show. I have to say, your replica looks very authentic. The next time I am at his house, I will snap a picture of his and add to this thread. You should be very proud of your results.

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    I like it. That's a neat idea.
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    That is just too cool. Thanks for sharing it with us!
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