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ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage radio speaker cabinet

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Meet Frank...Frank is a one of a kind docking and charging station for your iphone or ipod built from a vintage speaker cabinet. When we found this piece we
thought it would be the perfect basis for a gorgeous dock.

To create Frank, we started with the vintage cabinet. He's listed as a radio speaker, but we suspect he was a wall mounted speaker for a PA system from around the 1930's. Either way, he's old with a cool diagonal cutout for the grill. We've stripped off the original varnish to reveal the beautiful grain of the maple plywood.

For the bottom, we've built a custom pine base. Simple but elegant, with a nice beaded trim, the base holds a docking tray for your phone or ipod. We then stained the whole piece Golden Mahogany and sealed it with a gloss polyurethane.

Inside, we recovered the grill with a simple tweed and built new chassis that holds a set of 6 watt Cambridge Soundworks speakers and amplifier. 6 watts is just right for your desk or nightstand, with a nice clean sound. A new volume control was added to the side and topped with a vintage HAM radio bakelite control lever. Turning up the volume has never been more fun. A charger is also wired in so that your Apple device charges whenever it's docked.

A new back was constructed and holds a chrome toggle switch that turns the speakers on and off.

As an added touch, we've set Frank up on some felt pads and added amber LED's to the underside of the base. When the speakers are on a nice amber glow emits from the bottom of the unit.

We think Frank is a real classic...

ipod iphone charging station with speakers from vintage radio speaker cabinet


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