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Long-time MAKE reader Adam Ben-Dror carefully reskinned a 2.4 Ghz cordless phone handset with a 90-year-old candlestick telephone. A DTMF converter in the base preserves the function of the original rotary dial. Calls are begun by lifting the earpiece, and ended by hanging it up. As Adam writes, “the only sign that anything has been altered is the missing cord.” [Thanks, Adam!]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://twitter.com/NevynPA Jeff Haskell

    How does he recharge it? :D

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.ben.dror Adam Ben-Dror

      A small dc power socket was added to the base of the phone for charging.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.ben.dror Adam Ben-Dror

      A small dc power socket was added to the base of the phone for charging.

  • http://twitter.com/NevynPA Jeff Haskell

    How does he recharge it? :D

  • http://twitter.com/dbrunker Dave Brunker

    I wonder if it would be easier to put a hands-free bluetooth adapter in it.  You’d still have the trouble of figuring out how to dial though. 

  • http://www.bookokyes.com/ zoefordoik

    Got this phone to upgrade my old Panasonic cordless – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0036RDR5E/?&tag=471-20&ie=UTF8 It has a great battery life, useful features (intercom, large print on the phone displays, CID), and most importantly, they are reliable.

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