LumberJocks Woodworking Forum banner
  • Please post in our Community Feedback thread for help with the new forum software! If you are having trouble logging in, please Contact Us for assistance.

Project Information

Construction Notes

Background:
It just goes to show its 2021 and we are all affected by COVID virus spreading around the state and country and bingo someone asks for the Telephone box project I made back in 2015. Quick as a flash I look up my construction notes revealed no notes were made, so here we go Aug 2021

The Box is made from common pine 13mm thick
The concrete base is 170×170 x 10mm
The concrete base is attached to the frame by 4×6mm dowels providing a stand off ventilation gap of 3 to 4 mm
The three fixed sides are 340×140 x 13mm
The left and right hand side are butt joined to the back. The 3 x sides have a 3 to 4 mm vent gap in the top. Note the back wall has the horizontal window and two vertical windows below removed to fit telephone equipment.
The front door is 340×105 x 13mm
The front door is attached by a piano hinge and milled down to fit the opening
The 30 x vertical rectangular windows are 44 high x 35 mm wide
The 3 x horizontal rectangular windows are 30 high and 80 mm wide
The insides of all the walls are recessed to 3mm to allow a single piece of acrylic to fit into the recess and held in place by 4 x spots of hot melt glue
The roof is 170×170 mm with an angle of 20 degrees, the top ventilation section is 40×40 x 10mm. This is cut from a solid piece of timber 50 mm thick.
A vent roof was fitted to the vent it was 50×50 and a block sanded then trimed to suit and glued directly to the vent top

Painting:-

All parts were sanded and sealed then undercoated
Interior:-
The interior is eau de nil green with dabbled black , the usual graffiti and call this number for sex which adorn any public facility was left out!
Externals:-
The Box is Post Office Box Red for hi visibility and should have has the roof trim edges Painted black but I forgot.
The concrete look alike base was stone effect paint.

Time to complete:-
I took over two weeks part time to complete

Tools used:-
Table saw
Hand router
25 and 28mm forstner bits for bulk waste removal
45 Deg angle bit for the putty edge
A spiral ½ " down cut router bit and a No 26 Bush
Titebond III glue
Shaper table
3 x router templates.
A disc Sander
A table saw sled
A length of 6mm dowel and dowel locating pins.
Big Al's $5 band clamps AKA the box guy

This is the original 2015 attempt



The original was camphor Laurel, however stocks have been completely depleted.
The second box has some cosmetic and authenticity changes.
1. The concrete base is now a separate slab and is it is bigger.
2. The back wall has the horizontal window and two window below it removed as this is where the actual telephone equipment was mounted.
3. There are ventilation gaps at the top of the walls before the flat section of the sloped roof.
4. There are ventilation gaps between the concrete slab and the bottom of the walls.
5. The top horizontal section of the Box and bottom floor have been removed
6. As a result the door has been made taller.
7. The Yellow Telephone signs have not been added as the Brady label printer was a serial cable interface and the upgraded PC doesn't have parallel or serial ports any more

The construction is subjected to a blog if of any interest.

Gallery

Comments

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,593 Posts
Your customer will be very pleased Rob.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,618 Posts
They look neat… especially to us old farts that can remember the real McCoy... the mottled green is a great touch.

Didn't realise it was so big (from the dimensions)... probably would have been easier to fabricate a small phone.

.....
7. The Yellow Telephone signs have not been added as the Brady label printer was a serial cable interface and the upgraded PC doesn't have parallel or serial ports any more

- robscastle
There are adapters that can breathe life into old equipment.

Looks like red on yellow is hard to get for P-Touch… I have yellow tape but not red on clear… which could be laminated at a pinch.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,387 Posts
well done Rob - I followed your blog and I certainly hope there is more reward than the satisfaction of completion
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
11,049 Posts
Very nice result, Rob! Hope your client is pleased and generous!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
22,891 Posts
That came out great Rob!
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
28,565 Posts
nice work my friend but what the hell do you do with it ? not even any sarcasm from the duck.well done.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,706 Posts
Oh yes Banksies creation it attracted quite a bit of attention.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,696 Posts
Looks great Rob! ET can phone home!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,398 Posts
So nice project, definately deserves DT3!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,706 Posts
Thanks guys !

Looks like I have the puzzle master on a rescue mission to print me some yellow telephone Labels.
Along with a possible USB to Serial interface fix to resuscitate my Brady HandiMark Portable Label Maker

Thanks Alex!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,618 Posts
Looks great Rob! ET can phone home!

- woodshaver Tony C
Local calls are now free, however, intergalactic calls are still being charged
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,706 Posts
hey I bought a USB to serial cable from Jaycar
hooked it all up but I couldn't get the driver CD to default to a USB port and recognise the handyMark
 
Top