John F. Adams

In response to a number of requests for furniture "for the children," a few pieces likely to be most in demand are given with the hope that a large number of children will enjoy their play as much as have the little ones who possess the articles from which this description is taken.

And quite as important as any single piece of furniture is the using mortise and tenon pretty generally throughout the flame. Across the top of the windows and doors nail strips 3 in. wide a..d about 1/4 in. thick, which make a better representation of the frame and also serve to prevent door or window from swinging by.

The framework being completed, it is covered on both sides with extra heavy wrapping paper, or light cardboard. using glue liberally for the purpose. On this covering is put red cartridge wall paper, which is lined off to represent brickwork with white paint, the thin pieces over the door and windows covered with which adds such a touch of reality when playing "house." Nor is it entirely a plaything,' as on windy and cool nights it serves as a screen against drafts. As it can he quickly folded up and put away in a cupboard, it is in that respect superior to a wooden one, and has the great advantage of being usable throughout the year, and especially on stormy days.

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Folding Screen Playhouse

The framework is made of spruce strips 1 1/2 in. wide; 12 pieces 5 ft. long and 20 pieces3 ft. long being needed. Both doors and windows are hung with hinges and similar strips 1 1/4 in. wide and 3 pieces 6 ft. 6 in. long; 12 pieces 30 in. long and 9 pieces 18 in. long are needed.

The screen is made in four sections, each 5 ft. high and 3 ft. wide, and fastened together with hinges so that the two end sections swing towards the back and the middle j. hit the inverse. The three sections having windows are a'ike. the other sections having a door.

The framing of the window and door are fully shown in the illustration. Joints should be carefully made gray cartridge paper to represent stone cap pieces. Or a wooden house can be represented by getting a roll of wall paper showing strips of sheathing. this pattern being frequently put on a kitchen. The light strips are cut out and pasted on in horizontal layers. to show as clapboards, and the dark strips run vertically at the corners and around the doors and windows to form the casings. The door is also made up from the same paper, the lighter strips forming the panels and the darker one the styles and rails. The glass in the windows can be nicely provided for by using transparent card stock, obtainable at paper houses handling card stock for. printers, and ordered through a local print - er, who would he willing to have it come forward with an order of his own. Other schemes of decoration will undoubtedly suggest themselves to the reader, but those given are probably the easiest to make up in most localities.

Having a house, the next thing is to furnish it, and for this two chairs and a table will be needed, and a sideboard, desk and other fittings can be added if the interest of the reader, and the wishes of the children do not conflict with each other.

The Table

The Table has a top 20 in. long, 16 in. wide and in. thick. The four legs are 22 in. long, l 1/4 in. square at the top and 1 in. square at the bottom. The longer pieces connecting with the legs are 2 1/2 in. wide and 16 1/2 in. long, which allows $ in. at each end for tenons. The pieces at the ends are 12$ in. long, with the same allowance for tenons. The mortises in the legs are centered and are 8/2 in. wide and 2 in. deep, being open at the top.

The Chairs

The Chairs are of simple construction, ami have Beats 12x10 in. and 8/4 in. thick. The front legs are 12 in. long, 1 1/4 in. square at the top and 7/8 in. at the bottom. The the pigeon holes is 8/4 in. thick. The pigeon holes are made of 1/4 in. stock.

The top is 24 in. long and 6 in. wide, the drop lid 24 in. long and 14 in. wide; the top over the drawer 21 1/2 in. long and 13 1/2 in. wide, the lower shelf 24 in. long and 12$ in. wide. The dimensions of the front and back legs and deck ends are given in the illustration. The pieces under the shelf are 16 in. long and 2 in. wide, allowing J in. at the back for tenon. The drawer is 18 in. long, 3 in. deep and 13 in. wide. This may be omitted and a plain piece substituted, which would be 19 in. long and 4$ in. wide, allowing 1/8 in. on end for tenons. The shelf is 9 in. above the floor. The grain of the ends of the desk runs vertical.

The Sideboard

To complete the appointments of the house, and enable the children to play with all possible resemblance to "grown ups " a sideboard may be added to

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Framework ok Playhouse.

rear legs are 2 ft. long and 4 1/4 in. square at the center, tapering off at the bottom the same as the front legs and at the top remaining the same width but thinned down to 8/4 in. thick. The rear corners of the seat arc-cut out to fit around them. The cross pieces under the seat are 1 1/4 in. wide, 8/4 in. thick and 9$ in. long. allowing 8/8 in. for tenons. The joints must be well made and secured with glue and screws. The top piece of the back is 3 in. wide, 8/4 in. thick and 12 in. long The center piece at the back is 4 in. wide, | in. thick and 10 in. long, the lower end being fitted to a Blot cut in the seat, and fastened with screws which serves to give needed strength to the back.