Airlight Telephone Booth Cabinet
For those under 25, please ask your parents to translate this.
My son has just completed his second year of architecture school. That means lots of models piling up. We needed a big display cabinet in the basement that would fit in with the retro-americana theme of the basement.
AT&T's Airlight KS-14611 telephone booth, now an American icon, tells us so much about who we were and where we are headed. For me, it reminds me of Superman, Maxwell Smart, road trips and calling Mom to pick me up because my bike had a flat tire. It seems strange that the isolation provided by the phone booth really harkens back to a time when people communicated more in person.
The design was created using SketchUp. Once I figure it out, I'll try to get a copy in the SketchUp warehouse.
It is basic frame and panel construction made of 3/4" poplar. I am still without a table saw, so I used a hybrid approach.
For the tenons on the rails, a table saw would have made quicker work. The 54 mortise and tenon joints were made with a router jig.
The offset shoulder of each rail was made with a Stanley 358 miter box with the depth gauge.
The rabbets for all the stiles and rails were made with the Stanley 55 plane. The dual fences on this plane helped to provide machine-like accuracy.
|Rabbets with the Stanley 55. Lots of shavings, little dust.|
|One of a few projects where assembly wasn't happening in my tiny workshop.|
|The bottom rail just barely fit in my Stanley 358 to cut the offset shoulder.|
|Rabbets to hold the panels and plexiglass.|
Duro brand 4" vinyl letters were sprayed on front side of letters with Easy-Tack removable adhesive, then applied to the plexiglass, and sprayed with red paint. The letters were then removed and the plexiglass was spray painted with white paint.
|The light is an LED ceiling fixture.|
The bottom red panels were made with 1/4" MDF. I fiddled with a bifold door, but I couldn't seem to locate hardware made for 3/4" thick cabinets.
|An AT&T Airlight Telephone Booth|
(Photo courtesy N9LXI, Wikipedia)