Introduction: Radio IPod Dock

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A guy was recently throwing this old radio in the trash... it was under a house for years, muddy, rusted guts, black plastic painted with white house paint... trash!!! So, I did what any "normal" scavenging collector would do, I recycled it. I made it into a retro iPod dock which charges my iTouch and plays wonderful old radio music on Radio Dismuke or whatever source.

Basic instructions: Remove the guts, cut two pieces of aluminum channel to fit into the opening where the dial originally was. The channel pieces are glued in to hold the iPod in the location where the dial was. The iPod slides in and out of the channel, so it is held securely, but not permanently.  

Fasten a short extension cord inside the back of the radio shell (glue it, wire tie it, or use a screw to hold it in location). The extension cord is to plug in the iPod charger and a small iPod speaker of choice - either wired or bluetoooth. Paint the shell before attaching the extension cord whatever color you like and attach small "knobs" to the front for appearance. I used axle nuts painted metallic blue... done.

Comments

Winged Fist (author)2012-08-30

Looks great but I too would like to see more pictures and a step-by-step description of how you built this.

And I agree with the previous comment that this isn't really "steampunk," but it certainly would qualify as "Dieselpunk" or more specifically "Decopunk." but unfortunately Instructables doesn't have these categories (yet;-)

bobcat1947 (author)2012-02-04

The case of the radio is VERY similar to a late 40's "Martin-Belmont" brand radio. It's a rare one. I think you did a g-r-e-a-t thing to use this old art-deco styled piece to mate with modern technology ! I'd be proud to have it in around the house.

TheRealDutchOwner (author)2012-01-29

It's nice, but 2 things: This isn't a proper Instructable. It doesn't have steps, pictures of the making of, ect. And, it isn't Steampunk. Look at some other Steampunk Instructables and you'll see that this is simply not Steampunk.

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