The kitchen contrivances described upon following pages will be helpful to mother, and if they please her you will probably find that they will also please neighbors, and right here open up possibilities for a profitable home manufacturing business. What you can make out of the work will depend largely upon how much ability you have as a salesman, but your craftsmanship will count for a great deal, because attractiveness in the appearance of articles goes a long ways towards helping sell them.
A Kitchen Clock-Shelf like that in Fig. 107 takes little time to make, and little material. It requires two pieces of wood (A and B, Fig. 108) 5/8 inch thick, by the other dimensions shown. Fasten bracket B to top A at the exact center of the length, with glue and finishing-nails.
Fig. 109. - A Kitchen Tool-Rack
The Finish of the clock-shelf, and the following kitchen articles, is a matter to be decided by the person for whom they are made. The usual way is to shellac the surfaces, first, then apply one or two coats of varnish. But the wood can be painted with flat or enamel paint, or stained, or oiled. A stained surface should be protected with shellac and varnish, for kitchen wear.
The Tool-Rack in Fig. 109 is most convenient when hung directly over the kitchen work-table. The length of the hook-strip will be determined by the space in which the rack is to hang, and by the number of tools it is to accommodate. The rack's appearance will be improved by
Fig. 110. - A Milk-Card Rack Fig. 111. - Detail of Rack planing a bevel on the face edges of the hook-strip, also on the edges of the end blocks, as in the illustration.
Use round-head brass screws, screw-hooks, or nails for hooks, and screw a screw-eye into the top edge of each end block to hang the rack by.
The Milk-Card Rack shown in Fig. no is provided with screw-eyes to hang upon hooks outside of the kitchen door.
Figure in is a pattern for the board, but because milk-cards vary in size, you had better measure the card for which the board is to be used, before you begin work. The margin around the card should be about as shown in Fig. no, which allows for beveling the edge all around. Prepare strip A (Fig. in), and fasten it with brads across the lower edge of board B for the milk-card to rest upon.
Screw four screw-hooks into the board at the points indicated in Fig. 111, just far enough apart for the milk-card to slip between, and screw a pair of screw-eyes into the top edge of the board for hangers. There is no question but that
A Recipe Filing-Cabinet provides a handier method of keeping together recipe clippings taken from magazines and newspapers, than a scrapbook, and the envelope system used in the cabinet illustrated in Figs. 112 and 113 comes pretty close to being a perfect scheme. With an envelope provided for each group of recipes, there is no possibility of small clippings becoming lost, and when a recipe in one
Fig. 112. - Recipe Cabinet group is wanted, it is a simple matter to lift out the envelope bearing that classification.
The Cabinet can be made of cigar-box wood, the larger pieces, such as the top and bottom, of two strips glued together. As you can get cigar-boxes at any drug-store, for the asking, this material can be obtained easily. If you prefer to use oak, or a soft wood, and can procure thin stuff, 3/16-inch or 1/4-inch thick, well and good.