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Have you ever tried your hand at making box furniture? If not, you are unaware of the possibilities of such work. Every shape of box, every size of box, suggests some practical article. Material is easily obtained, because grocers generally have a good assortment on hand, and will be glad to let you have what you need at the price the second-hand man pays, which varies from ten cents to twenty-five cents, according to size.

As a suggestion as to what to make, a number of designs are presented upon the following pages, and the author knows that when you have made some of these pieces of furniture, other ideas will suggest themselves to you. Some of the pieces wall be just the thing for the porch and garden.

Every boy needs a desk.

After a bed, chiffonier, and chair, the desk is probably the most essential thing to have in your room. If you do not own a desk it is probably the first piece of furniture which you will be interested in making. Having learned from past experiences that the desk is among the most popular of furniture models, the author got to work the other day, and designed and built

The Packing-Box Desk shown in Fig. 176 with which to begin this chapter on box furniture.

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Fig. 179. - Front View of Desk Shown in Fig. 176

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Fig. 176. - Desk Made of Packing-Box and Lattice-Strips.

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Fig. 177. - Desk Stool with Box Top.

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Fig. 178. - Waste-Basket with Box Base.

You probably will not be able to find a packing-box of the exact dimensions of the box that was used in the model illus-trated, but no matter. Get a box of approximately this size and alter the dimensions given (Figs. 182 and 183), to suit it. Don't use an ordinary grocery box. Get a heavier box than this; the kind with cross bat tens nailed to the ends is best (Fig. 184). In addition to the box, you will need several pieces of boards 7/8 inch thick, for drop-leaves, cross-strips, shelves, etc., a berry-case or two to provide thin wood out of which to construct pigeonholes, and about sixty lineal feet of lattice-strip 1 3/8 inch wide for enclosing the lower portion, and for the legs.

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Fig. 180. - Back View of Desk

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Fig. 181. -Side View of Desk

Figures 179 to 183 show, in order, a view of the front of the desk, the back, a side, and two cross-sections. Figure 184 shows the first step in preparing the packing-box, that of removing one side. When the side has been removed, cut strip A (Fig. 184) of the width shown in Fig. 183, and fit and fasten it between the box ends as shown in Fig. 184; then cut strip B (Fig. 184) of the width given in Fig. 183, and fasten it between the upper end corners of the box. Drop-leaf C can be cut out of a 12-inch board, if your box is of the size of the box used in the model illustrated. Fit this drop-leaf now, and hinge it to strip A with 1 1/4-inch by 3-inch hinges, then remove it and put it aside until after the rest of the desk has been assembled.

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Figs. 182 and 183. - Cross-Sections of Desk

A drawer is not the easiest thing in the world for a boy to fit properly, therefore in the desk a pocket in the lower portion has been substituted. This pocket, made the depth of board A, is covered by the boards D and E (Fig. 185). Hinge the two pieces together, the latter to open as a hinged-leaf. Fasten strips to the sides of the box (F, Fig. 184) for cleats to support boards D and E, and nail board D to the cleats. Bore a hole through board E near the front edge, for a finger-hole, by means of which to raise the leaf.

Figure 187 shows the battery of Pigeon-Holes. These are built of strips of wood from a knocked-down berry-box. The best way to assemble the partitions between the pigeon-holes is to halve the two center vertical partitions with the two center horizontal partitions - that is, saw slots in their edges as shown in Fig. 188, so they will interlock. Nail the end, top, and bottom pieces to the ends of these interlocked partitions, and cut and fasten in position the remaining intermediate partitions.