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A durable brush for cleaning upholstered furniture can be made in the following manner: Procure a piece of haircloth, which is made of horsehair woof and linen warp. Strips of haircloth, cut lengthwise and 1 3/4 in. wide, are laid out smooth on a table and a strip of wrapping paper, 1/2 in. wide, is firmly glued to one edge. When this has dried, take out the warp that is not covered by the paper. Brush the fringe of horsehair until it is straight and even, and before corn- mencing to wind, measure 6 in. from one end and glue this portion to the side of a strip of soft wood, 6 in. long, % in. wide and 1/16in. thick. When dry, wind the glued length of haircloth and paper around the wood strip, applying glue to each separate turn of winding. The turns should be kept flush on the side that has been glued and the fringed part brushed and straight.
Ill: Brush Made of Strip of Upholsterers Haircloth with the Warp Removed and Fastened to a Handle
The part to be glued to the handle must be perfectly even in its windings and held firmly in place while the glue is hardening. The winding should be continued until the brush is 1 1/2in. thick.
The handle is made of a piece of wood, 14 in. long, 1 3/4 in. wide and 1/2in. thick. Wood that takes a cherry or mahogany stain is preferable. Shape it about as shown in the sketch and round off the edges. The part to which the brush is to be attached must be given a light coat of glue. When that has dried, glue the back Of The brush to it, and after the glue has hardened, glue a piece of gimp around the brush part, then drive upholsterers' tacks into the gimp and wood, 3/4 in. apart. Stain and varnish the handle. The back of the handle can be used as a beater, and the brush for removing the dust. - Contributed by Gertrude M. Bender, Utica, N. Y.