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Things To Make In Your Home Workshop | by Arthur Wakeling



Furniture, Ship Models, Toys, House And Garden Conveniences - Woodworking Methods - Use And Care Of Tools - Wood Turning - Painting And Decorating

TitleThings To Make In Your Home Workshop
AuthorArthur Wakeling
PublisherPopular Science Publishing Co., Inc.
Year1930
Copyright1930, Popular Science Publishing Co., Inc.
AmazonThings to Make in Your Home Workshop

Edited by Arthur Wakeling, Home Workshop Editor, Popular Science Monthly

With 850 Working Drawings, Diagrams, and Illustrations

Things To Make In Your Home Workshop 1
-Preface
WHAT shall I make next? is a question often asked by the man or boy who is fortunate enough to have a home workshop. This book is an endeavor to answer that question. It contains plans for shop equip...
-Chapter I. Tools For Wood And Metal
TOOLS, like fine weapons, are very wonderful things when you come to know them well. They have made history. Every time we pick up a saw or an automatic drill or our mikes, we are taking advantage o...
-Tools For Woodworking
As the amateur mechanic gains experience, he does not need much advice as to what tools to buy. This is determined by the sort of work he is doing, his own special interests, the space available for h...
-Sharpening Chisels And Planes
Better and faster work can be done when plane irons and chisels are kept sharp. The first step in sharpening is to test the edge for squareness with a try-square as shown at A. Fig. 1. Grind the cutti...
-How To File A Handsaw
First true up the edge with a saw jointer or a flat file held on a block of wood as shown at A, Fig. 2. Take smooth, forward strokes. The edge should be a trifle convex or crowned. Using a properly a...
-Sharpening Auger Bits
The auger bit is one of the most delicate tools in the woodworker's kit. It must be of high-grade manufacture to begin with; even so, it will stand little abuse, and if it is not kept in first-class c...
-Sharpening A Cabinet Scraper
If the scraper is of the usual square-edged type, first drawfile it with strokes taken horizontally away from you as shown in Fig. 8 at A. Lift the file when it is pulled back on the return stroke. Co...
-How To Keep Your Knife Keen
Take out your pocketknife, open the most used blade, and hold it vertically before you as illustrated in Fig. 9. Your back should be toward a strong light. Scan the edge carefully from tip to base. I...
-Care Of Jackknives
How long does a jackknife last? Statistics show the average knife carried by man abides with him only ten months. This period can be lengthened if reasonable care is taken and if the following suggest...
-Chapter II. Home Workshop Equipment
LACK of space for a workshop or even for a workbench is proving more and more to be a serious difficulty in the average small home. The modern flat or apartment is planned without any thought of givin...
-Kitchen Table Bench
Such a bench top consists chiefly of a piece of plank 2 by 12 in. and about 8 in. longer than the length of the table top. Southern pine, Douglas fir, cypress or any other soft wood that is not too ex...
-A Portable Workbench
How one home workshopper overcame the obstacle of having no place to work in a small modern apartment is shown in Fig. 9. Lumber from old boxes and crates was used; in fact, the only materials purch...
-Small Cabinet Workbench
It is all right to do model making or other light work on the kitchen table or at a makeshift bench, but sooner or later every amateur mechanic feels the need for a real workbench. Although not large...
-Small Cabinet Workbench. Continued
In the method of procedure, too, the expert and the amateur do not follow the same steps. One good method to use in making the bench from this point is as follows: Check up on the legs for squareness...
-Heavy-Duty Workbench
Every amateur woodworker and every man who does much household repair or undertakes reasonably large woodworking projects needs a fairly large, rigid workbench. Wherever there is room available - in t...
-Heavy-Duty Workbench. Continued
22. Cut out a slot in the apron so that the drawer may be opened without using handles. 23. Bore -in. holes in the apron and Materials For Heavy-Duty Bench What Lumber to Order Part...
-Wooden Miter Box
To make a wood miter box, proceed as shown in Fig. 19. Plane and face mark one side and edge of the 1-in. (or thicker) bottom piece; then gage the width as at A. Square the edges as at B. Plane the ...
-Two Portable Tool Cases
The tool case in Fig. 20 holds saws and steel square, and has ample space for planes, level, bit brace, and other large tools, and two drawers for small tools. Fig. 19. - Steps in makin...
-A Large Tool Crib
Plywood packing cases are an excellent source of material for the home craftsman. The stock seems mainly to be oak, maple, birch, and poplar. While the plywood is not made quite as well as regular cab...
-Rustproof Saw Case
The case illustrated in Fig. 25 was designed to protect saws from dampness in a basement shop that was none too dry. It is hung on the wall, and a dish of kerosene is kept in the bottom. Another adva...
-Chapter III. Better Home Workshop Methods
A MOMENT of great anticipation! The home mechanic removes the clamps from his assembled radio cabinet and prepares to give it a last cleaning before applying the paint, varnish, or lacquer. What does ...
-Hints On Driving Nails
Hammer and nails are in common use in every household. Yet driving nails, the commonest of all mechanical operations, is not often done in such a way as to get the full holding power of the nails. A f...
-Wood Screws
What is there to be said about driving wood screws? the beginner in woodwork is apt to ask. But the old mechanic and those who have studied the results of recent laboratory tests on the holding qual...
-How To Use Glue
In building and repairing, glues play such an important part that we should know more about these sticky substances and how to use them so that the articles made or mended with their aid will hold tog...
-How To Use Glue. Continued
Place the thermometer in the glue and be sure the temperature does not rise above 150 F. (Fig. 19). Glue does not have to be cooked to make it sticky. Heat is simply to dissolve it and to keep ...
-Planing A Board Accurately
Surface planing should be done, if possible, with strokes made the whole length of the board, as shown in Fig. 24 at A. If the board is wide, cross plane it first; then start at one edge, letting ea...
-Planing A Hardwood Surface
If you have a glued-up hardwood surface to plane, first support it firmly on the bench against one or two strips thinner than itself as shown at A, Fig. 25. It is essential, too, that the bench be abs...
-Doweled Butt Joints
The doweled butt joint is useful in building screen frames, doors, furniture, and many types of glued woodwork. After the pieces have been squared, the first Step is gaging center lines for the dowel...
-Rabbeted Joints
Amateur mechanics who nail and screw together their woodwork without any pretense at joinery are missing half the fun of woodworking. To make a workmanlike joint - even so simple a joint as a plain ra...
-Mortise And Tenon Joints
The mortise and tenon joint is universally useful in constructing furniture. To lay out a joint for connecting a table leg and rail, for example, first mark the limits of the mortise, as shown in Fig....
-Cross-Lap Joints
The first steps in fitting a cross-lap joint, useful for framing or furniture construction, are to square and face-mark the pieces, as shown in Fig. 29 at A, and find the middle point of each or the m...
-Dado Joints
The dado is a useful joint for door and window frames, shelving and furniture. After the boards are planed to dimensions, square a knife line across one of them at a distance from the end equal to the...
-Dovetail Joints
If you will pull out one of the drawers of almost any well-built piece of furniture, you will find the front and sides are fastened together with a multiple dovetail joint - the aristocrat of wood joi...
-How To Do Inlaying
Inlaying is often regarded by the amateur craftsman as a difficult process. This is because he has never seen how inlaying is done and, therefore, does not realize how comparatively simple and easy th...
-How To Do Inlaying. Continued
The mirror shown in Fig. 36 is suitable for a hall, a parlor, or a bedroom. The four pieces forming the frame are first squared to dimensions, after which the rabbets are cut for the glass. They are t...
-How To Do Veneering
Amateur woodworkers are prone to consider veneering a phase of woodworking entirely beyond the range of their abilities and to speak of it with a note of awe and longing in their voices. To demonstrat...
-Fitting Hinges Expertly
Few problems give a more accurate measurement of a home worker's skill than the fitting of a pair of hinges. In doing this the only mark or cut that is good enough is that which is as near absolute ...
-Friction Catches For Doors
The home worker often desires to keep the door of a cabinet or cupboard closed without the use of a lock, a latch, or a surface catch of any kind. The best solution is to apply a friction catch (Fig. ...
-Drawer Locks
The first step in fitting an ordinary drawer lock of the type shown in Fig. 42, regardless of the size, is to lay off distance X of the lock from the top edge of the drawer front, adding a trifle, say...
-Fitting A Night Latch
Many home workers have fitted night latches successfully, but others have not been so fortunate in their attempts. A few suggestions which do not usually appear in the printed instructions accompanyin...
-Craft Work With Newspaper
When used in conjunction with a boiled starch paste, newspaper becomes an ideal material for many construction purposes. From it numerous articles have been made, including the astronomical camera and...
-Drilling Glass
For small holes in either window glass or plate glass, a triangular saw file makes an acceptable drill. Grind the point to make three surfaces corresponding to the sides of the file as shown in Fig. 4...
-Chapter IV. Building Furniture By Hand
FOR the man who likes to make things, few pleasures compare with building fine pieces of furniture in a well-equipped home workshop. The cabinet woods in themselves are beautiful and pleasant to work ...
-Colonial Tavern Table
Tavern tables were among the earliest types developed in this country and were very common before the Revolutionary War. The few to be found today are highly prized by their owners. They were made wit...
-Antique Sea Chest
During the past few years there has been a tremendous interest in ship model making, and many of those who are indulging in this fascinating hobby have collected a variety of special tools, books, and...
-"Ladder-Back" Chair
This ladder-back chair, which takes its name from the arrangement of the slats forming the back, is a good specimen of some of the earliest chairs made in this country. Chairs of this type, because ...
-Chests In Popular Designs
When we consider the beauty, the romance, and the practical value of the cedar chest, we wonder what piece of furniture offers the amateur craftsman more satisfactory returns for his work. This sectio...
-Piano Benches
Several designs for piano benches are suggested in Figs. 13 and 14. The main difference in the various types lies in the shape of the legs. Use the design which will harmonize best with your piano; al...
-Lacquered Cabinet Made From Old Washstand
Chinese lacquered cabinets are fashionable, and the prices asked for high-class ones are prohibitive. It is not a difficult task to make one, however, especially if an old washstand can be found in th...
-Terry Shelf Clock
Anyone who is interested in antique furniture will recognize the shelf clock shown in Figs. 19 and 20. The design was made and perfected by Eli Terry, one of the most noted of the early clock makers i...
-Banjo Clock
How many home workers have wished to make a banjo clock case but hesitated because of the difficulty in obtaining suitable movements and ornamental brass work! That is no longer an obstacle, for the c...
-Combination Chest And Desk
An unusually interesting piece of furniture, especially for a small apartment, is the combination chest of drawers and desk illustrated in Figs. 23 and 24. What appears to be the top drawer is a well ...
-Tea Tray Stand
A tea server (Figs. 25 and 26) is a real asset for the busy housewife during the afternoon tete-a-tete. To construct one requires little skill or expense for materials, especially if whitewood, redwoo...
-Small Welsh Dresser
Sound, knotty white pine should be used in making a small Welsh dresser like that illustrated in Figs. 27 and 28 so that it will be in strict keeping with original antiques of this type. The original ...
-A Pirate's Chest
Pirates, treasure, jewels, Spanish galleons, romance, adventure on the high seas - all these are vividly suggested by the ancient chests of dull brown oak, clasped with bands of iron, that are now so ...
-Chapter V. Small Woodworking Machinery
MACHINERY is remaking all our home workshops. More than anything else, the introduction of compact, efficient, and reasonably priced woodworking machines has helped to popularize the hobby of making t...
-Colonial Footstool
The first project, a footstool of Colonial design (Figs. 1, 2, and 3), allows a variety of machine operations to be learned. Obviously, any similar small piece of furniture will involve the same metho...
-Priscilla Sewing Cabinet
Roomy as is the Priscilla sowing cabinet shown in Figs. 9, 10, and 11, it has the advantage of being easy to carry about the house from place to place. As is customary, it contains a sliding tray, div...
-Maryland End Table
In learning to use small woodworking machinery or a motorized home workshop, you will find the Maryland end table shown in Figs. 17, 18, and 19 is a particularly instructive and desirable piece of fur...
-Chippendale Mirror
The motor-driven saw is the greatest aid a woodworker has. Skillfully handled, it will perform wonders in cutting up stock quickly and accurately, in making joints of many different varieties, and in ...
-Hanging Bookshelves
The curved outlines of the attractive hanging bookshelves shown in Figs. 27 and 28 make an ideal problem for a more detailed study of the use of the motor-driven jig saw. The bookshelves will prove an...
-Small Band Saws
Another useful machine, although not illustrated, is a small band saw. It is especially helpful for curved cutting like that required in making a graceful chair. After a little practicing has been don...
-Catching Sawdust
With some types of small combination woodworking machines it is possible to use a bag for catching the sawdust from the circular saw and prevent it from being scattered about the room and over the clo...
-Chapter VI. Wood Turning Simplified
YOU can add greatly to your enjoyment in making things and at the same time improve your craft work in quality and variety by learning how to do wood turning. And this is not hard to do, especially no...
-Choosing A Lathe
Selecting; a lathe depends, of course, on several factors, such as the type of work to be done, the space available and the price. The majority of the many small lathes now on the market suitable for ...
-First Steps In Turning
When a lathe is purchased, the manufacturer usually gives directions for setting it up and provides a set of the more essential tools, but the actual operation has to be learned by experience. Saw th...
-Concave And Convex Cuts
As soon as the amateur wood turner has learned how to turn a cylinder and make shoulder and taper cuts, he is ready to undertake ornamental work that requires concave and convex cuts. Fig. 22.- Two...
-Small Table
The stand or small table illustrated in Figs. 29 and 30 is an example of what the woodworker can accomplish in the line of furniture making when he has an elementary knowledge of wood turning. From th...
-Ornamental Footstool
The footstool illustrated in Fig. 36 is a simple project from the standpoint of both wood turning and joinery. Notice that the upper parts of the four legs are square, and that the rails are joined wi...
-Tables "With Turned Legs
In no other way can you turn your wood turning to better advantage than in making legs for decorative tables. Rarely has a home too many small tables; there is always room for a graceful occasional ta...
-Turning Candlesticks
Faceplate turning, the next phase of the work, is no more difficult than spindle turning; and no set of exercises need be mastered before real work can be attempted. The tools are the same as those d...
-Table Lamp
The turned table lamp illustrated in Figs. 48 and 49 consists of two parts, the upright and the base. Before the upright can be turned, a hole must be made lengthwise through its center for the electr...
-Smoking Stand
Similar problems in wood turning are involved in making the smoking stand shown in Fig. 51. It consists of three main parts - the base, the upright, and the top. First turn the upright. The base shou...
-Six Designs For Gifts
A variety of attractive objects is suggested in Fig. 53. They were selected because of their suitability as gifts and also because they are small and simple. In making them, the following outline of t...
-Turning Rings
The turning of a solid ring of wood represents an advance in the line of faceplate work previously discussed. An example of ring turning is the napkin holder illustrated in Fig. 55 at A and B. This is...
-Turned And Inlaid Trays
In turning and inlaying trays, the tool processes involved are only a step in advance of those previously described. The tray illustrated in Fig. 57 at A is turned from a solid circular disk not less...
-Boxes And Bowls
Making small boxes is one of the most interesting and fascinating types of work that can be done on a lathe. The cover of the powder box, Fig. 59 at A, is turned from a piece of wood at least 1 in. m...
-Radio Table And Mirror
Split turning is a form of furniture decoration that came into vogue in the early part of the seventeenth century during the Jacobean period. Jacobean furniture has again become popular and reproducti...
-Radio Table And Mirror. Continued
The split turning is applied to the front legs as shown, after which the top is made and then screwed to the rails by means of cleats. Two pear-shaped drawer pulls (and a lock, if desired) should be a...
-Oval And Irregular Turning
A knowledge of oval turning occasionally may be found useful, although it is hardly worth while to turn such things as a hammer handle, which can be bought so cheaply. As a matter of interest, however...
-Reeding And Fluting
Turned work may be decorated by a few simple forms of wood carving. Although such carving greatly enhances the beauty as well as the intrinsic value of the piece, it requires little practice and no ou...
-Spiral Turning
Spiral turning is of Eastern origin. In the seventeenth century examples of this form of decorative art were brought to Europe by Portuguese explorers. It was incorporated in the prevailing type of fu...
-Chapter VII. Toys To Delight The Children
NO TOYS are equal to those made by Daddy. And here are some that are quite simple for him to make. They are toy tractors and trucks, strongly built of wood and as large as the expensive ones sold in t...
-A Miniature Tractor
How the tractor is made is shown in Figs. 4, 5, and 6. The chassis is 7/8 by 3 by 12 in. The 5-in. drivewheels are screwed directly to this, but the 3-in. front wheels are screwed to a rigid wooden ...
-Pumping Fire Engine
The fire engine is illustrated in Figs. 2, 3, and 7. It is a good plan to make the tank and pumping arrangements before you build the wooden parts. First get a half-gallon can of the type shown - a s...
-Dump Truck
The dump truck, Figs. 6, 8, 9, and 10, is the largest of the four toys. The chassis is built somewhat differently from the others, in order to allow the body to be raised to a better position for in. ...
-Colonial Doll's House
No gift is apt to delight a small girl quite so much as a really fine doll's house. To her it is a fairy home where her doll children can live and play. She can devise new furnishings, redecorate the ...
-Colonial Doll's House. Continued
The balustrades are made of match sticks glued between a top and bottom rail. The newel post may be a clothespin or a round penholder. When all of the small details are in place and the walls tinted,...
-Play Screen
A play screen that resembles a house and can be folded for storage when not in use makes a splendid addition to any child's toys. As a school project, too, its construction is such that it makes an i...
-Birds And Animals
Toy making is not difficult. It may be done quite as well by women and girls as by men and boys. In fact, very few of those who have never attempted the work realize how simple it is to construct attr...
-Chapter VIII. Improvements For House And Garden
YOU can put more of the closet space in your home to practical use by building in some additional shelves, coat rails, and compartments and by adding hooks, rods, and hangers. Figure 1 shows a simple...
-Combination Shoe Box And Rack
The combination shoe box and rack shown in Figs. 8 and 9 provides a handy place for Shoes in everyday use and allows less frequently needed footwear to be stored in a dust proof container. To estimat...
-Kitchen Cupboards
In modern homes a kitchen cupboard extending from floor to ceiling often is built along one entire wall. If you live in a house without this convenience, you can construct a suitable cabinet yourself ...
-Fitting Up A Boy's Room
A boy's bump of acquisition is immense. In the earlier years his pockets suffice to store accumulated treasures, but not so in his teens. No pocket has yet been designed that could accommodate a model...
-Valance Boards
Valance boards across the tops of the windows often will give a room just that touch of distinction necessary to raise it above the commonplace (Figs. 14 and 15). The advantage of a wooden or wallboar...
-How To Beautify Your Fireplace
For ages the fireplace has been the most enduring memorial of home life - a haven of comfort and cheer. In our day the main purpose of the fireplace is an aesthetic one, and if it is not beautiful it ...
-Indoor Incinerator
Disposing of paper, sweepings, and other combustible rubbish, which constantly accumulates in every home, is an endless task. Worse still, their storage while awaiting disposal creates a serious fire ...
-Storage For Garden Produce
If you cultivate a vegetable garden of any size, it is highly desirable to construct a vegetable and fruit storage room in the basement of your house (Fig. 24). A plan for such a room is shown in Fig....
-Laundry Case With Removable Bag For Soiled Linen
The laundry case illustrated in Figs. 27 and 28, aside from being an attractive receptacle for soiled linen, has the added advantage of being so constructed that the full, heavy laundry bag can be rem...
-Shoe Storage And Polishing Cabinet
In making the combination shoe case and polishing outfit shown in Figs. 29 and 30, any easily worked wood may be used. It is made up of two ends by 10 in. by 5 ft. 5 in., one top by 10 by 20 in.,...
-Furniture In Unused Doorways
That unused doorway in your house, through which no member of the family ever passes, may be easily fitted with built-in furniture, which, if constructed separately, would occupy considerable space in...
-Improvements For House And Garden
The design in Fig. 31 can be used in building a desk and bookshelves, or merely the bookshelves. The combination desk and bookshelf takes the place of two bulky articles and extends only about 6 in. i...
-An Inexpensive Lily Pond
Most of us like the shimmer and sheen of a sheet of water near by, and a small back yard furnishes an easy means of gratifying this particular desire. When the contour of the land is favorable and th...
-Trellises And Ornamental Garden Fences
Trellises and fences in unlimited variety may be made by any handy man or boy. And the most artistic are often the least expensive to construct, because their beauty lies in their proportions and desi...
-Concrete Garden Seats
Sturdy garden seats (Fig. 40) can be made of concrete with but little equipment. Two forms made as shown in Fig. 41 will serve for making benches for the gardens of an entire neighborhood. A few alert...
-Chapter IX. Model Making
MOST model makers1 would enjoy building a model of that famous ship, the Santa Maria, if they knew that the result of their efforts would be reasonably like the vessel in which Christopher Columbus sa...
-Ship Model Makers' Club
The material needed will be referred to as the work proceeds. Little need be bought except the pine for the hull, the reed spline and a few dowel sticks, with cord, wire and canvas for the rigging; in...
-Ship Model Makers' Club. Part 2
Sandpaper the deck smooth and mark the deck planks with a very hard pencil. The lines should run truly fore and aft at about -in. intervals. Across the after bulkhead there will be an overlay S eith...
-Ship Model Makers' Club. Part 3
The after castle (X) is of the samc construction as the forward one, but rests on ten curved stanchions and skils. There should be four stanchions to a side and two right aft (although these may b...
-Ship Model Makers' Club. Part 4
Fig. 31. - Comparing this view with Fig. 29 will make clear the stern construction. Across the stern there may be a little balcony. It is a thin platform % in. wide by 4 in. long. On each corner ere...
-Ship Model Makers' Club. Part 5
The lower deadeyes were probably fastened to the hull by chains, but thin wire (say No. 22 soft) twisted around them with an eye in the lower end is sufficiently good. Each deadeye should sit on the c...
-Ship Model Makers' Club. Part 6
The sails are the next thing to be considered. Any thin canvassy looking material, linen for preference, will do. Their size and shape can be seen in Fig. 34. Note that the mainsail proper has a bon...
-"Sea Scout" Racing Yacht Model
Model sailing is a sport for men as well as boys. Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, and good scouts everywhere are building and racing model yachts. For many, this desire to own and sail a boat finds express...
-"Sea Scout" Racing Yacht Model. Part 2
The simplest way to prepare these is to en-large the half size half-breadths plan given on Popular science Monthly Blueprint No. 106, listed in the Appendix. There are two blueprints la the Sea Scout ...
-"Sea Scout" Racing Yacht Model. Part 3
A round or oval shaped hatch opening for bailing out any water and for airing the inside should be cut in the deck (Fig. 53). A 1/8 in. thick doubling or reinforcing piece should be fitted under the d...
-"Sea Scout" Racing Yacht Model. Part 4
When removed, it leaves a clear-cut line of the desired width for the boot-top painting. At least three coats of any finish should be applied and each coat (except lacquer, which should not be sanded...
-Chapter X. Painting And Decorating
THANKS to the great popular interest in home painting and decorating which has developed in recent years, all the ordinary problems are reasonably well understood. Indeed, the paint manufacturers dist...
-Refinishing An Automobile With Lacquer
If modern methods are employed, it is not difficult to refinish an automobile at home. Quick-acting chemical paint removers and electrically operated paint sprayers are rapidly replacing tedious scrap...
-Refinishing An Automobile With Lacquer. Continued
Do not be startled by the appearance, as the correct color is bright orange. Allow the primer to dry one hour and inspect for wet spots. If there are only a few small shiny places ( in. in diameter...
-What Undercoats To Use
The question of what undercoat to apply for some specific painting job is one that generally bothers the amateur painter, but the selection of the proper priming coat is little more than following a f...
-Four-Hour Finishes
The utility of the quick-drying brushing lacquers is well known to amateur painters, but the relatively new varnishes and enamels that dry in four hours appear to be less familiar, perhaps because the...
-Novelty Finishes For Art Wares
The vogue for home painting and decorating offers many opportunities for making smart gifts at a cost far less than their actual worth and market value. Because of their individuality, such gifts are ...
-Novelty Finishes For Art Wares. Continued
The use of gold and silver for edging and otherwise ornamenting furniture and art objects is effective with any type of decoration. While the most widely used method of gilding is to brush on a mixtur...
-Gifts At Low Cost
Artistic and genuinely desirable gifts can be prepared at absurdly little expense if you know the secret. It is just this: Buy well designed but cheaply finished novelties and art wares, or else get e...
-Art Transfers
So popular has become the use of transfer patterns on commercial furniture and art wares that it is surprising more home workers have not taken advantage of this decorative vogue. Many, of course, do ...
-Enameling Front Doors
Although we expect much of the front doors of our homes, we pay scant attention to them once they have been selected to give the right atmosphere and architectural detail. There is, however, something...
-Painting Radiators
After remaining for years unchanged as an object of often garish and commonplace appearance, the radiator now is yielding to the artist's touch, like all our household furnishings. Radiator covers to...
-Oil Rubbing Furniture
When all the necessary patching and repairing have been done to a piece of antique furniture and the old finish has been removed, one of the best ways to refinish it is by rubbing it with oil and poli...
-Furniture Polishing Secrets
After a piece of old furniture has been oiled and waxed, the grain of the wood, especially in dark wood, may appear white. This is nothing to be discouraged over; it proves that the grain has been wel...
-Plastic Paint For Wall Decoration
The rough textured walls that have become increasingly popular in recent years are produced with what is known as plastic paint. Ordinarily this is sold under various trade names in the form of a wh...
-Appendix. Blueprints and Models
AFTER the amateur mechanic has started a home workshop and learned how to use tools with a reasonable degree of skill, he is confronted with two problems. The first is to find suitable designs for wor...
-How to Find Hard-To-Get Materials
Often after selecting a project, the home worker finds it difficult to obtain exactly the materials specified by the original designer. Perhaps more ingenuity has to be used in obtaining hard-to-get m...









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