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Project by JoeinGa posted 04-09-2015 08:26 PM 1469 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife has been across the state since last week (helping our daughter who has been having seizures again) and while she’s been gone I’ve been spending pretty much all day in the shop.
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At Christmas when our daughter and her family were here she kept on and on about how I should make stuff to SELL, and not so much give it all away. She told me if I’d build a bunch of things, she (and our granddaughter) would take them over to a fall “Arts-n-Craps Fair” near where she lives (in a MUCH bigger town then we do)
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I have a pile of pallets that I brought home when I was working at the warehouse last year, so I started building a bunch of bird houses. I have 16 little cabins done so far.
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I was looking at all the little pieces of scrap, wondering what they might be used for . (I’m one of those types that HATES to throw ANYTHNG away! )
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Since Bonnie’s been calling me daily with updates I’ve been taking the portable phone out there with me. Several times I’ve caught hell because she tried to call and I forgot to bring the phone out with me.
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A couple days ago I went on E-Bay and found an extension set for our phones and bought it. 20 bucks, freight included. It came in today’s mail. Plugged it in to be sure it worked and it does.
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So now I have a phone that will stay in the shop, but how to keep it from getting full of dust? And as I looked at that pile of scraps I thought “Ah ha. PHONE BOOTH” !
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So a couple quick cuts on the mitersaw, give the pieces a couple passes with the ROS, and glue the pieces together.
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Wipe on a coat of Danish oil. Hang it on the wall next to the door and I’m in business!
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I’m gonna keep an eye on it and if I notice it getting too dusty I’ll hang a piece of clear plastic baggie on the front
to act as a dust barrier.

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Northwest29

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 08:59 PM

Great looking personal phone booth. Nicely done. Almost didn’t recognize it, without the door and not painted red. (-:

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Mean_Dean

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 12:00 AM

Great idea, and great use of your scraps!

If I might make a suggestion, why not make a proper door for it? It’ll look nice, and will keep the dust out.

-- Dean

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 12:18 AM

This is a cool idea. I think I’ll do this for the shop phone. I agree with Dean. put a piece of plexiglass or something in a frame and a couple hinges and you have the real thing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 12:46 AM

Thanks guys.

I thought about a door, but I’m thinking I wont hear it ring if it’s closed in. And since this is just a cordless extension on the house phone, I cant put an external bell on it.

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Mip

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#5 posted 04-10-2015 01:15 AM

Nice looking phone house. If you put a door on it and can’t hear the phone when it rings, that might be a good thing; no more telemarketers bugging you when you’re working. By the way, there is an old hand crank phone on the wall in the woodsmith shop; I see it every time I watch the show.

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tyvekboy

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#6 posted 04-10-2015 02:39 AM

Hi Joe.

Nice looking phone booth.

You asked if anyone else has one … I do … posted back in Dec 2013.

It also has a electric pencil sharpener and a place to charge my iPad. lol

A cordless phone is a must in any shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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robscastle

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#7 posted 04-10-2015 07:54 AM

OK Joe you are on,

I dont have one yet, but I do have a phone in the garage which I always seem to answer for my wife! or some time waster (mip’s telemarketers) wanting to sell me non wood working crap !
Now there is person you could wish a seizure on!

So I reckon a “Phone Box” would be the go…Standby !!

Hope your daughter recovers and ends up OK !

-- Regards Robert

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JoeinGa

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#8 posted 04-10-2015 11:39 AM

Tybek, I do remember seeing yours now that you’ve reminded us.

Show us what ya got, Rob :-)

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Bluepine38

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#9 posted 04-10-2015 04:12 PM

No booth yet, but that may have to change now. Mine just sets on a shelf by my mechanics tool box,
far away from the dust making wood tools. Its main use is the intercom feature so the wife can call and
tell me the food is ready and I have to quit playing for a while.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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BusterB

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#10 posted 04-11-2015 11:16 AM

Nice one joe.!!! Looks like you have been busy. I find not having a phone in the my shop is one of the biggest attractions for me…lol with that being said, nice design buddy. Hope all is well with your daughter.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 04-11-2015 02:43 PM

If you make me one put a sound proof door on it. I never answer our house phone because it’s always somebody that is trying to sell something. The only phone I answer is my cell phone. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 04-11-2015 04:13 PM

Thanks Buster, she’s been having seizures off and on for over 10 years now. Sometimes she goes 5 or 6 months without.

And Charles, truth is I never answer the phone either. In our living room the phone sits right next to “my” chair, and if Bonnie’s in the next room when it rings she KNOWS I wont answer it. Used to drive our daughters crazy when they both lived at home. They’d ask “Why wont you ever answer the phone Dad”
And my answer was always “Because it’s NEVER for me. That’s why!” :-)

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timbertailor

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#13 posted 04-13-2015 04:13 AM

I do not have a phone booth but I wish more restaurants did.

My pet peeve is people using their cell phones at the dinner table.

If the call is really that important, please take your phone calls outside.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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robscastle

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#14 posted 04-14-2015 10:38 PM

OK ready ? read and weep !

Its done took a while but now in operation.

Check out more pictures and the history in my 1950 Vented Flag Project if of further interest

Ringing off !

-- Regards Robert

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 04-14-2015 11:54 PM

ACK! I love it Rob!
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AWESOME !
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