Phone Booths

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Project Name Phone Booths
Contact User:Oliver
Status in progress
Budget 500
Fabric Length (meter)

6 open road side phone cubbies for weather proof field phones. Purpose is purely visibility, so people recognise the phones for what they are, and feel compelled to use them. Budget and available time to work on them is very limited. Simplicity is key.

Field phones are BxHxT 27x17x12cm


  • Where are the phone booths needed?
    • Can we put them on solid ground/gravel/driving plates/eurocrates, or is it sand/grass, or even on an incline?
    • Indoors or outdoors?
      • Do we need weather protection? When outside, we need to protect against rain, which means a roof. A roof multiplies the wind load. Doable, but triples the effort, and increases overall material cost by a lot
      • Outside with no roof means: No sound baffling against reverberance -> really limited usefulness for phone calls. Also, materials will not live longer than one festival.
  • Feature requirements? Lights, shelves, outlets, cable management, device mounting points?
Our wish would be to have one booth with one fieldphone at each of these locations: Entrance, Info, Foodcourt, Faimly village, Retro/Arcade area and chiret titulaer island. The things needed in the booth would be a bit of light so you can see and use the telephone and maybe read a phonebook. A little table kind of thing would be nice to place the telephone and the phonebook. Also somekind of cablemanagement/cable entrance so that there is no tripping hazard. Power would also be nice but is not a must have.
  • Budget of 500€ with current material prices is definitely too low, even for the very simplest indoor-option (plain plywood walls to makes "cubicles", no wind protection at all, built for solid, even, hard floor, no plinth, roof, or stiffening against tipping over), the budget wouldn't cover the plywood.
    • Need clarification

  • TODO: Other teams needed?
    • POC, Logistics, Deco
  • TODO: Permits required?
    • Can't assess that, really. For indoor use: probably not. Outside: Maybe wind/static, maybe fireproofing. Probably not an issue at all.
  • TODO: Power in watts?
  • TODO: Network? Private network required?


  • Planning: 1: Defining parameters, awaiting input from POC ->ongoing
  • Next: BOM and draft

Howto: Prepare

  • Where can I get a detailed list of tools available?
    • I need at least:
      • plunge saw on a guide rail (indispensable)
      • some plate jointer, doweller, biscuit jointer, domino...(important, might bring my own, if storage and transport allows for that)
        • If a simple (trim-)router with 4mm slot cutter is available, I can make-do with a fixed-angle jig for that, if bicuit jointer is not available
      • Drill driver
      • work surface, at the very least four or five saw horses (do we have a workshop of some kind? Workbench, storage, lighting, weather protection)

  • TODO: Is there a part in the preparation process that can be performed in parallel by a group of volunteers?
  • TODO: Do volunteers require a specific set of skills?
  • TODO: How many volunteers over how many hours are required?
  • TODO: Is the preparation bound to a specific location?
    • Ideally as close to the final destination place of the phone booths as possible.
  • How much space is required to store the project before it is moved to the event site?
    • mostly sheet goods, 1220x2440mm, easy to handle, but needs people power, heavy and splintery
      • can be stored on standoffs (tiles, wooden slats...) outside under plastic sheets, as long as it is stored flat and unwarped for any extended time (a few hours are extended time).

TODO: Describe the manufacturing process in the highest level of detail.

Howto: Buildup

  • To be determined when the specifications (terrain/inside/outside, solid ground or loose, wind) are clear
  • TODO: Where is the stuff stored?
  • TODO: Should Team Logistics be involved in moving the project to the event site?
    • yes, getting materials delivered to the place of build (=close to destination) needs large vehicle. Material can be ordered for delivery just in time, it's generic stuff. Prices swing erraticly, due to general global combobulation
  • How many volunteers are required?
    • Transport: Driver with lorry/trailer
      • if delivered from supplier: crane deploys onto eurocrate right on site. Not sure if possible, but would be ideal.
      • if delivered to curb (=roadside, bringing in on site is our own business): small transporter, 3-5 people with healthy backs, and gloves. Done in two hours if all works smoothly
  • Buildup: 2-3 volunteers, depending on skill set. Can be done in a day, depends highly on what's needed by POC, and where

  • TODO: How much time is required?
    • Depends on specifications by POC and availability/usability of tools and materials. From pro™ to newbie♥ between 1 and 3 days.
    • During preparation: Oliver plus 1 helper, 1 day
  • TODO: Provide instructions on how to set up the installation on the event site.
    • On site and in-person.

Howto: Teardown

  • TODO: Throw/give away?
    • reuse if we have storage. Give away, should be doable with hardly any waste, depending on POC's specs.
  • TODO: How many volunteers are required?
    • about 3
  • TODO: How much time is required?
    • under a day.
  • TODO: How much waste in cubic meters is produced?
    • hopefully mostly sheet goods in large strips (=generic and reusable), close to no waste if doable