Picture of Rotary Phone iPod Dock
I have always loved re-purposing one thing into another. This instructable will show pictures of my completed iPod dock with commentary on how I put it together. I apologize that I didn't take pictures through the whole process. I was just too excited about the project.
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Step 1: Parts Needed

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Parts needed:
     Old rotary dial phone (broken preferably, please don't destroy working pieces of histroy)
     iPod dock 
     LED and LED housing (I got mine from Radio Shack)
     Power switch
     Plug and wire

I found my broken rotary phone on eBay.

The iPod dock that I used was coincidentally perfect for my design (I'll show you why later) was the Magnasonic MAG-iP860K. I found mine online at

Tools needed:
     Dremel tool (or suitable power rotary tool)
     Hot glue gun
     Drill with small drill bits
     Soldering Iron (I used a 15-watt iron)

Step 2: Disassembly

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This is the part that I am sorry that I don't have any pictures for ya. What you are going to do is take everything out of the phone. The only parts that are needed are the rotary dial, hand set, and all the internal workings of the hook (the part that the receiver rests on when the phone is not in use).

You are also going to want to take apart the iPod dock as well. You will need everything that is on the inside of the main piece (this will include all the circuitry that will connect your iPod to the speakers and volume control) and the two speakers (you will need to get them open and un-solder the wires from your speakers. Keep the wires you will need them later.).

What you should have now will be all of the insides of the iPod dock (including wires), and a completely gutted rotary dial phone. At this point in time I would recommend heavily washing the phone (there is no way you know where that thing has been over the last 50 years).
asmallwood1 year ago
Wished I was more talented at electrical stuff so I could make this for my kitchen
tomatoskins (author) 1 year ago
I'm glad you think so. It was a blast to make.
Taptotweet1 year ago
This is amazing!