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DIY Old Timey Skype Phone

I happened upon this cool looking phone toy that looked like it was from an old phone booth. Inspiration hit, and soon I was dreaming up ways on how to use this toy. I finally decided on turning it into a Skype (or any online talk service) phone. Luckily, I also had a broken computer headset lying around too.

Items needed for this project:
~Old phone looking toy
~Computer Headset
~Hot Glue Gun
~Soldering Iron
~Dremel/Hacksaw

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Now in Popular Science Magazine, How 2.0 Section, July 2007 Issue, page 91.

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Step 1: Putting in the Mic

I figured I would strip down the headset to get the smallest components possible. The headphone would go in the ear piece, and the microphone would be placed inside the microphone part.

After detaching the microphone from the broken headset, I got rid of all excess plastic casing and cut the wires halfway through. I cut the wires because I had to wire it through a small hole that the microphone jack wouldn't fit through.

Step 2: Putting in the Headphone

I had to cut out and sand down the head phone to fit it into the ear piece, and it was then hot glued into place. The wire running to the headphone jack also was glued into place because it kept getting yanked and moved. I was afraid that the wires might snap at some point, hence the glue

Step 3: Adding an Ear Piece Hook

I decided I wanted the ear pie to hang from the side, so utilizing a peg board hook, I did just that. I had to drill another hole in order to fit the other peg in and Dremel away part of one of the pegs. Add a little hot glue, and it's done.
bwpatton15 years ago
Now all you have to do is wrap some cloth around the cord to give it that "authentic look", u know how old electronics have that cloth covered cord. actually been thinking about doing this myself, except with a real antique phone (to make it work with a modern phone line {the old phones dont have the dialer buttons})
You can use the wire cloth cover of an electric iron to finish it
ttf-ent5 years ago
This would be a great idea if you could some how wire it up to use as a REAL phone. If you do this, please message me. It'd make a great movie prop.
why would you need a real phone for a movie prop?
Dr Qui3 years ago
Nice job.

The phone reminds me of Beaker from the Muppet show.
oktane7 years ago
Very cool! You could make it USB too if you wanted.. (see here)
technick29 (author)  oktane7 years ago
That'd be pretty cool! I'll have to try that when I get a hold of one. Thanks for the input!
DIY Dave7 years ago
Where did you get the old phone?
technick29 (author)  DIY Dave7 years ago
I found it at a second hand shop.
thanks
Trimaster7 years ago
LOL thats cool
bullzebub7 years ago
a mini itx would be nice in that case :-)
technick29 (author)  bullzebub7 years ago
That would be pretty sweet...
Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Cool, creative, inovative, but impractical. good job on the instructable!
technick29 (author)  Sgt.Waffles7 years ago
Haha, thank you Sarge!
At ease private!
LasVegas7 years ago
Pretty impressive! I would have cried had the phone had it's original interior hardware, but a great use for a previously gutted antique.
technick29 (author)  LasVegas7 years ago
Yea, that would be terrible. Thanks!
Just so you don't get your hopes up. I noticed that you put this in pop sci, and asked people to rate it...I put two and two together. Incase you didn't realize it, the contest is over. (again, just so you don't get your hopes up) But still, this was a GREAT idea. I really like it.
technick29 (author)  Weissensteinburg7 years ago
Thanks!
cylver7 years ago
If anything, it's more of a casemod for a headset, but it's still pretty cool looking. If it were a real antique phone, I'd be getting very upset at the methods used, but it's alright for a replica. Perhaps you could put something in to make the crank answer calls?
technick29 (author)  cylver7 years ago
Yea, that'd be pretty cool. Right now, the crank is merely a piece of metal stuck in a hole in the wood, so I'd have to figure that out. Thanks!
jeffreyf7 years ago
Awesome!
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