Craftsman style doorbell cover

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Project by Douglas posted 08-13-2012 02:30 AM 13826 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this from red oak scraps left over from my kitchen build. The finish is water based dye, then a few sprayed coats of amber shellac, #0000 steel wool, then dark brown paste wax. I might put some black cloth on the inside of the grid opening to help conceal the doorbell mechanism. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.

Here's a link to higher res version of the photos

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#1 posted 08-13-2012 02:36 AM

Classic lines.
Nice job.

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#2 posted 08-13-2012 02:52 AM

I really like this. Did you use a door bell you already had and built this cover?

I need to do the same thing. Very nicely done.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#3 posted 08-13-2012 03:00 AM

It was just a home center wired doorbell with a plastic over, and I tossed the cover and built mine to size around it.

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#4 posted 08-13-2012 03:21 AM

Very nice. I like the finish and what a great way to hide an object that would look out of place. Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 08-13-2012 03:27 AM

Ring a ding ding what a great idea. It looks fantastic.


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#6 posted 08-13-2012 07:33 PM

Looking real good. A crafty idea coupled with an excellent execution.

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#7 posted 08-13-2012 08:01 PM

Really nice addition to the home. Thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 08-14-2012 01:01 PM

Nice way to improve on the boring look of a regular doorbell.

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 04:40 AM

Great project. Curious, what color dye did you use? I have started getting into transtint dyes.

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 01:08 PM

Willie – I used “old mission” or “dark mission” or something like that (I’ll have to read the label next time I’m in the shop).

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