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Pine (Chap. III., Par. 48) or any-soft wood.

4 pcs. 5/16"x5/16"x30" S2S Corner strips. 2 pcs. 5/16"x5/16"x23" S 2 S Cross braces.

5 pcs. 5/16"x5/16"xl2" S 2 S

Braces. Paper and string not furnished.

Introductory Statement

Almost everyone has had some experience with kites, but most people consider them merely interesting toys without realizing how much can be learned by studying different kinds of kites, how and why they fly and what these principles mean in modern inventions.

We all remember what Benjamin Franklin learned from his kite experiment, but in the last few years much more has been accomplished in the line of airships, most of which has been due to a knowledge of the science of kite flying.

There are many different styles and kinds of kites, but they all mount the air by the same general principles. By a little careful study and experimenting you can learn to make kites and fly them in a scientific and accurate way.


The Construction and Flying of Kites, Miller. Manual Arts Press, Peoria, 111.

Kitecraft and Kite Tournaments, Miller. Manual Arts Press, Peoria, 111.

Kitecraft. School Arts Book, February, 1910.

Flying Machines, J. H. Alexander. David Williams Co., New York.

Building and Flying an Aeroplane, Hayward. Popular Mechanics Book Dept., Chicago.

Flying Machines, The Boys' Book of Inventions, Baker. McClure, Phillies Co.

Santos Dumont and His Airship - Stories of Inventors. Doubleday, Page & Co.

The Aeroplane, Boys' Book of New Inventions. Doubleday, Page & Co.

Practical Aeronautics, Hayward. American Technical Society, Chicago.

Our Native Trees, Harriet Keeler. Chas. Scribner's Sons.

Box Kite

Box Kite

Suggestions For Original Design

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Box Kite Specifications

The Corner Strips

You will probably have to rip your kite strips from stock. If you do, select the best surface for a working face (Chapter II., Paragraph 2). Plane one edge perfectly straight and square for a working edge (Chapter II., Paragraph 4). With the marking gauge set to the proper distance, gauge the width of the strips on both surfaces of the material (Chapter II., Paragraph 6).

Note: - If your material is quite thin and soft, you may be able to split it after gauging it very deeply on both surfaces; if not, use a knife or saw. Plane the edge. In planing a thin strip you must be very careful to use a sharp plane set to take a very thin shaving or you may break the strip.

In like manner prepare all of the strips. Cut the four corner strips exactly the same length.

Note: - This kite is to be so assembled that it can be taken down and rolled up when not in use. The two side frames are fastened permanently with glue and brads, but these frames are attached to each other only by the bottom and top stretchers. These stretchers each have a brad driven in the end, and extending far enough to enter small holes in the side cross rails, thus holding the kite in shape.