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Have you ever made flower-boxes to sell? It is an excellent way to earn money in the Spring, for then everybody is planting them, and there is so much demand for boxes of various types that there is not much trouble in making sales. An energetic boy usually can dispose of all of the boxes that he has time to make.

Boxes of good design and proportions are almost as pleasing to look upon as the plants and vines which they contain. They require more care in the making than the square-cornered grocery-box type, but the work is simple, and you will find a readier sale for them among garden lovers.

Material for Boxes. Cypress, often spoken of as "the wood eternal" because it is so little subject to decay, is the best flower-box material obtainable. Florists use it for their greenhouse boxes and troughs, it is used in the construction of greenhouses, and it is extensively employed in every form of building for parts exposed to moisture. The grain of cypress is exceedingly pretty, especially when the wood is stained with one of the modern wood finishes.

Finishing. There are several ways to finish the wood of a flower-box. You can use an oil-stain made by mixing oil-paint with turpentine or kerosene, or you can buy ready-mixed stain; you can white-enamel the wood or paint it the color your customer selects; or, if the wood has a pretty grain, like cypress, you can leave it in its natural color, and finish with a coat of white shellac and another of varnish.

A Window or Porch Box. The long box with tapering sides shown in Fig. 613 is of a pleasing design for a window-sill or porch-rail. The cross-section of Fig. 618 shows the pattern for the end pieces (A), and shows the positions for the sides (B), and the bottom (C). Be careful to get the end pieces alike. Lay out one piece accurately, then use it for a pattern for marking out the other piece. With the ends cut out, cut the side pieces and fasten them between the ends. Then cut the bottom board to fit between the sides. The length of the sides and bottom will

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Fig. 618. - Cross-Section of Window or Porch Box Shown in Fig. 613

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Fig. 619. - Three Forms of Feet for Boxes be determined by the size of box wanted. Cut the sides 7 3/4 inches wide. The edges of the bottom board must be beveled to make them fit squarely against the side pieces. If you will mark out the positions for the side pieces upon the end pieces, it will simplify the matter of assembling. Nail the pieces together with finish-ing-nails and set the nail-heads be-low the surface.

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Feet. It not only adds to the appearance of a flower-box to provide it with feet, but makes provision for a circulation of air beneath it, which will keep dry the bottom, and the railing or window-sill upon which the box stands. The screw-eye foot (A, Fig. 619) answers very well; foot B is a rubber-tipped base knob such as is used to screw into baseboards for doors to strike against; and foot C is a spool attached by means of a long screw run through its center hole. If the box is to be placed upon

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Fig. 620. - Detail Showing Assembling of Plant-Stand Shown in Fig. 615 a ledge too narrow for all four feet to stand upon, the feet must be omitted.