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How I made my K2 Telephone Box
Author: Les Kenny; Editor: Maree Anderson


Getting around this documentation homemade red English telephone box

First off: you can get to any page, step, plan, or part of this article from the 'Table of Contents' page.
There is a link to the 'Table of Contents' page just above the content (see it above) on every page.

There is also a map (drawing) of the phone box, and from there you can jump straight to information about any particular part of the phone box - a sort of visual index. You can see it here.

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The K2 telephone kiosk is arguably the most iconic British telephone box of all time.
K2 stands for Kiosk 2, and was the second booth to be deployed around London. That was in 1926. The K2 design was the result of a competition in 1924. A design submitted by Giles Gilbert Scott was selected but some of his specifications were changed, such as color, materials used, and a few other minor details.

The original K2 Telephone Box was made out of cast iron, was 3ft 6in wide and deep, stood 9ft 4in in height and weighed around 2756 lb (1250kgs). It took over from the K1 (Kiosk 1) which was a concrete structure.

Today, the remaining K2 Telephone Boxes in London are beautiful landmarks and are mostly protected Grade II Listed Buildings; the grade II category meaning "buildings that are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them".

I, along with many others think that the red British K2 Telephone Box is a marvelous structure - why wouldn't you want one in your property?
Many people sport a red telephone box in their home or garden as a sort of quirky accessory. They are used as tool sheds, decorative garden structures, shower boxes, even as fully functioning telephone boxes. They are also found in bars and restaurants around the world adding a little touch of Britain. Sometimes they can be found in somewhat deformed states, after having been transformed by artists who've given their unique spin on these iconic booths.

I had to have one.

I decided to make one - out of wood, plus whatever.

This was to be the most eagerly anticipated project I had ever undertaken.