Telephone Box K2 (Full Size)

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Introduction: Telephone Box K2 (Full Size)

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I made this replica and video of K2 back in 2015 but I've never made it for Instructables.
If you want to build it I recommend that you visit Build Eazy (www.buildeazy.com) where you'll find fine detailed plans of the build made by Les Kenny.
It would have been very hard without his plans to build this.
His version is a bit shorter than the one I made since I wanted to have a real size Telephone Box.
Also you'll find some different approach and techniques to the build which I hope will help you build yours.

Thank you Les!

Step 1: The Base

As you'll see I built this in stages and no particular order.
The base was the easiest so I tackled that first.
I made it out of red cedar and added a Guanacaste flooring.
Both woods are great being water resistant.
Nevertheless I applied 3 layers of black paint to the bottom and 4 layers of marine grade varnish to the flooring.

Step 2: The Main Structure

I ripped some stock and glued it up to form thicker posts.
Those I notched to make for a nice moulding.
I also ripped many pieces for mouldings to add later.
This was very time consuming and I had to shape everything by hand since I didn't own a router.
But it was worth it.
On the back I attached the backing of waterproof plywood.
Everything was painted with base vinyl color, then red and then with a coat of SPAR urethane (marine varnish).
The inside of the plywood panel was painted with gloss black.
Finally I attached the flooring to the structure.

Step 3: Door and Window Panels

I made simple frames and then joined the window net using half lap joints.
At the end I sandwiched acrylic glass in between those wooden grids.
I added some trims to the doors and painted all.

Step 4: The Crown (Rooftop)

This was definitely the most complicated and time consuming part of the build but also the most beautiful one.
It looks absolutely spectacular and it's worth to invest your time and do your best to make it look nice!
I did most of the cutting with a jigsaw which took years to finish the crown details.
For the rooftop I used some 3mm MDF which I cut into shapes to close the roof construction.
I later used some plaster just to close some voids.

Later I covered it with some kind of rubber used for making asphalt.
This resulted in 100% waterproof roof and making it fairly lightweight as well, which is important later when you lift it in place. The drawback is that you have to leave it dry for a week at least and it doesn't come as smooth as using cement. If I did it again I would use some fiberglass epoxy mixture.

Step 5: Telephone Sign

I made the box part to fix in the four panels with ''Telephone'' written on them.
I used vinyl cut out letters and transfered rhem with blue tape to the acylic glass.
On the other side I applied frosting spray so the glass is not transparent (you can also sand the back of the acrylic glass with 120 grit sandpaper).

Step 6: Inside Decor

I put a stand with telephone and some old telephone yellow pages and also made a few frames with old pictures from 2nd WW to complete the interior.
You can see how I made the wooden telephone and more decor HERE (opens in a new tab)

Step 7: Final Assembly

I assembled the pieces with help of Miguel.
I was able to put the roof top in place by myself.
With many brackets and hinges I installed the windows and door.
To the door I added the lock so people couldn't get in (and pea inside, or worse)
When everything was in place I added some trim, my signature and caulking to further seal it from water.

I hope you liked it and that it will motivate you to make your own.
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https://www.youtube.com/user/ArzensekAndrea

Cheers!

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    9 Discussions

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    Kaevalla
    Kaevalla

    8 months ago

    How much would you estimate this project costs?

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    DIY Andrea
    DIY Andrea

    Reply 8 months ago

    Hi Kaevalla,
    I don't remember exactly but I know it was a lot of work.
    I estimate all the materials; wood, acrylic windows, light + Telephone sign print cost about $300-400.
    But that was in Mexico, your country's material price may vary.
    If I was to build it in Croatia (my residence now) I'd pay here at least $500 in materials.
    Considering you'd pay a lot of money if someone makes it for you, the materials are relatively inexpensive and it is a lots of fun to build one.
    Cheers

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    jimmcneil2
    jimmcneil2

    3 years ago

    that is so awesome. my daughter and son in law are opening a small restaurant one of these would look great in, i hope i'm up for the challange

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    DIY Andrea
    DIY Andrea

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you, it would look awesome in the restaurant! You can do it!

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    rainingfiction
    rainingfiction

    3 years ago

    That's so cool! I've always loved the look of telephone boxes. Great job!

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    DIY Andrea
    DIY Andrea

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you! I loved it too. I left it in Mexico and it's still visible on Google maps :)

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    DIY Andrea
    DIY Andrea

    Reply 3 years ago

    https://goo.gl/maps/USApFKnPLu92

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    thundrepance
    thundrepance

    3 years ago

    LOVE IT {voted for you}!! :^D

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    DIY Andrea
    DIY Andrea

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you very much! :)