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The combined window seat and sewing box shown was made by using a shoe-packmg box for the foundation
Ill: A Window-Seat Workbox lor Sewing Materials Made of an Ordinary Shoe-Packing Box
This was covered with matting and the edges and corners finished with wood strips, 1/2 in., thick and stained a dark red. Three trays were provided on the inside at the top part of the box, each of the two upper ones occupying one-fourth of the box opening and sliding on a pair of guides fastened to the sides of the box while the lower tray is one-half the length of the box and slides on guides placed far enough below the upper trays to allow it to pass beneath these The three trays were used for keeping sewing materials, such as buttons, hooks and eyes, etc. When the trays are all moved to one end it gives access to the lower part of the box where the work or mending is kept out of sight The inside of the cover is 1 1/2 in., deep and shelves are arranged for thread and silk spools on either side the center space being used for the shears, thimbles and scissors. The little shelves are made of two pieces each half as wide as the depth of the box cover. The first half of the shelf is fastened in place, then a row of cotters attached with wood screws whereupon the other half of the shelf is put in place. The edges of the cover are, rounded on the outside to make an attractive seat.
Ill: The Spindles for the Spools are Made of Cotters Fastened with Screws in the Shelves
While no dimensions are necessary, as the box can be of any size to suit the maker it may be mentioned that the one shown is 28 in. long, 12 in wide and 16 in deep.-Contributed by R. B. Thomas, Lowell, Mass.