1950 era Tasman Vented Flag Model

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Project by robscastle posted 04-14-2015 11:05 PM 1099 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my contribution to JoeinGa’s question as to who has a phone booth in their shop.

Well for one I didnt but do have a phone so I set to work on the challenge.


Plans, used the photo No6 and some internet surfing to research the background.

The Phone Box is a PMG variant used in Australia and depending on the climate particular versions were available they were on just about every street corner along with Letter Post Boxes Corner stores and Bus Stops, now almost all are extinct.

Some scrap pieces of camphor Laurel, bits of ply, some scrap perspex, a recycled piano hinge and paint.

Tools: table saw, shaper, router, clamps, batt drill, hot melt glue gun and a label making machine

The Process:

To make the walls and door windows I made two templates from MDF, MDF is actually a bit too soft and furry I should have used HDF but didnt have any.

Template 1

Template 2

insert the respective wall/door drill out the bulk with a forstner bit and route out using a bush. Swap/reverse and do all over then repeat the process with the second template.
Then return to the shaper and remove the perspex insert section. Route in the putty edge chamfer (carefully)

Cut down to the individual sizes.

Painting: I masked up all the joint areas and painted the internals and then used a screwdriver bit to add the flecked effect, that was as close as I could get using local tools. Not sure how its done for real.

Used spray can on the externals and bent up a nail for the handle

Glued them all up fitted the hinge and door handle.

Hot melt glued in the perspex and attached labels.

pluged in the phone ! done

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 04-15-2015 12:22 AM

I want me one of them…. very 60ish

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 04-15-2015 12:36 AM

Great job Rob.
I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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David Dean

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 03:26 AM

now that is cool.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 04:22 AM

Super COOL Job!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 04-15-2015 08:00 AM

Very cool.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 04-15-2015 09:13 PM

Some what akin to Tardus ???

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 04-15-2015 10:41 PM

Thanks guys for all the supportive comments.

I may have to broker a deal with Degoose to do a CNC production run as there is a mild amount of interest in them.
I dont think I would supply them as a completed model though, but along the lines of a flat pack kit not sure just yet I will have to discuss and develop a business plan.

Also as Grumpymike commented its almost along the lines of Dr Who’s Tardis, of which there are many plans available for, its all purely something to think about, it may happen it may not, in fact I will give Degoose a call today to bounce the idea around with first up.

I know as soon as our family friend Mikaela sees it she will want a Tardis version as she is a great fan of Dr Who

-- Regards Robert

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Rick M.

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 08:22 PM

Fun and creative idea


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#9 posted 04-16-2015 10:37 PM

Dont forget to keep posting to JoeinGa phone booth challenge.
I want to hear those bells ring ringing !
And see more pickies !

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 04-17-2015 06:35 PM

Very creative and very cool. That looks fantastic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 04-19-2015 04:09 PM

Robert, that is really a nice project with a lot of character telling part of the story of a phone booth in Australia. Very nice craftsmanship and execution of work. I like the window cut outs and the bright red finish with the roof design make this truly, not only a piece of work but actrually an eye catching piece of artistery done in wood. Liked how you presented it to us as that was a classic method. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the shop time and a great day.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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