Before and after
Because of water damage the
screws were difficult to remove. The three in each of the steel
corners came out after applying some freeing oil but the twelve
screws holding the base were impossible to remove so I had to
use a hacksaw. By cutting into the last layer of plywood at each
corner it was possible to cut through the screws at the corners
then gently lifting the base using a wide chisel popped it off.
Note that the sides of the box
are fitted completely differently. To replace a side you would
need a special tool to produce the joints, known as "Finger
Joints", which can be made using a router. I have a pair
of WW1 field telephones completey destroyed by woodworm and I
bought a finger jointing tool from a firm in Detroit so I could
make new boxes but other jobs have so far taken priority....
See what you think of these...
If the transit box needed O-level woodwork, the telephone boxes
are definitely A-level.