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Out of the box, doorbell chimes are typically not very attractive. To remedy this at our house, I tossed the cover, kept the inside workings and enclosed them with this Arts & Crafts style cover.
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#1 posted 12-18-2011 08:38 PM
Nice styling. The cherry adds a real classy look!
-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16
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#2 posted 12-18-2011 10:17 PM
Now that is sweet!!!!!
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"
#3 posted 12-19-2011 12:27 AM
Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind comments.
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#4 posted 12-19-2011 01:09 AM
Nice!! There is a web site that sells them, but the price way over my wallet, so I guess i’ll have to come up with a design make my own. Any pictures of the back?
#5 posted 12-19-2011 02:08 AM
Paul: Glad you like it. I took two more photos that might help you build something like it. The back photo shows the main box is just two side butt-joined to the top and bottom. The face is made with half-lap joints that then have dadoes in the rails to capture the decorative slats. Then there’s an additional top and bottom piece just to add some decorative appeal.
You’ll notice that top of the inside has an extra part. This is just a piece of cherry with a 45-degree cut on the bottom edge. The second photo I added shows the mating part mounted to the wall. The main cover just sits right on top of the wall cleat.
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#6 posted 12-19-2011 09:13 PM
I never realized how ugly my factory cover is until I saw your project and looked up at mine. I have been walking by it for 15 years and never really noticed it. Thanks for the inspiration…....I have my first new years resolution.
-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI
#7 posted 12-20-2011 12:37 AM
I’m right there with ya, Mike. For me, it was a case of “never noticed it” turned to “I cannot un-see that ugly plastic thing!” Best of luck with your build.
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