William C. Kendall
The writer has tried many different patterns of trousers stretchers, but for convenience in applying or removing, as well as simplicity of manufacture, has found nothing which compares with that to be described. It has been used with marked approval of parents, that is, the fathers, as an exercise in woodworking for pupils in a manual training school, and may, for that reason be found of interest by both instructors and pupils in similar schools.
To use this stretcher the trousers are fastened near the top in the wide clamp, and near the bottom of the legs in the other clamp, the arm carrying the latter being raised several inches wheh applying. The stretcher is then turned over and the arms pressed down into line and the fastening pin put in place, thus holding the trousers at a firm tension. A hook on the wide clamp is for hanging on a clothes hook. Care must be taken not to leave snap matches in the fob pocket, otherwise the result may be surprising and disastrous. |
The clamping ends are made from strips 1 1/2 x 3/4 in.; the long clamps are 15 in. long, the short ones are 10 in. long. The arms are 22 in. long, 1 1/4 in. wide and | in. thick, and are mortised to the clamps. The section with two arms has the outer ends of these arms fastened together with a piece 3 3/4 in. long, two brass screws in each end being used.
The single arm passes between the two arms of the other section adistance of 8 in., a pin joint being placed 1 in. from the end of the single arm and 7 in. from the end of the double ones. This is made by boring a 3-16 in. hole through all three arms and then driving in a piece of round brass rod 4 1/2 in. in length. Holes are also bored through all three arms 1 1/2 in. from the ends of the double arms, these holes being a loose fit for a brass pin 3-16 in. diameter and 4$ in. long.
This pin is to be removable and a very satisfactory head for the same can be made from the round screw nut found on dry cells, the pin being filed down to a drive fit, or threaded, if the latter can be done conveniently. A brass screw hook is put through the fixed arm of the wide clamp.
The clamps are held together upon the trousers by brass bolts with thumb nuts. These bolts are slipped into slots cut in the free ends of the clamps. As the bolts are liable to be lost, a better way is to use thumb screws and put pins through, the slots being made to allow free turning. It will probably be necessary to file the heads flat, as they flare out somewhat where they join the screw portion. Brass hinges with three screws in each leaf are used for the clamps, and are so attached as to leave about 1/8 in. space between each arm of the clamps.
Mahogany is the wood usually selected for making the clamps, and with the brass trimmings makes an attractive appearance, but any light, strong wood will serve. Oak is rather too heavy.