had always intended that the phone panel door should open and have a real
telephone behind it, but I was unable to find a suitable phone for a long
time. I also need the doors to be able to open wide, because my police box
stands in a doorway, so I need to be able to get large things through it,
like chairs, tables, daleks, etc. The other problem has been time...
solution I've come up with is to make the box behind the phone panel
removable, so I can take it off on those rare occasions when I need to
get something really large through the doorway.
here's the solution I've come up with:
First I unscrewed the door and cut out
the blanking plate behind it with a jigsaw. I attached some mouldings to
the inside of the gap to stop the door from closing too far.
I built a box to cover the gap. I made
it out of MDO - which is plywood covered in what looks like a paper
veneer. The box has 1/4" flanges around the front edge that protrude
about 1/4" from the edge of the box.
I cut a frame, and routed a corner off
the inside to take the flanges that I made above. Now the box drops
vertically into the frame. I had to sand and fill quite a lot behind the
edge mouldings, because the door cross bars were slightly raised and I
didn't want them to get in the way of the box.
So now the box hangs nicely in
position! There's quite a lot of repainting to do.
The box will raise out of the slot
And once it's plugged in I'll be able
to use the phone!
And here it is in place.