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Handicraft For Boys | by A. Frederick Collins



Did you ever think about what you'd do if you were shipwrecked on a tropical island like Robinson Crusoe ? Well, if you had a good, strong pocket-knife with you it wouldn't be so terribly bad and in a few months' time you'd have fashioned all the things you'd need to furnish a three-room palmetto bungalow. To be sure your furniture wouldn't be very highly finished but it would be awfully artistic and while in a civilized community it might be looked upon as a rare exhibit of savage workmanship, it would serve you nobly and well in your island home. But you don't have to be marooned on a lonely isle or limited to the use of a jack-knife to show your prowess as a worker in wood. All you need to do is to get some out of the way room where there is plenty of light for a workshop and buy a few good tools to work with and you'll take as keen a pleasure in making useful things with your own hands as Robinson Crusoe did.

TitleHandicraft For Boys
AuthorA. Frederick Collins
PublisherFrederick A. Stokes Company Publishers
Year1918
Copyright1918, by Frederick A. Stokes Company
AmazonHandicraft for boys
Book Cover: Handicraft For Boys

Handicraft For Boys

By A. Frederick Collins

Inventor Of The Wireless Telephone

Author of "Inventing for Boys" "The

Boys' Book of Submarines," etc.

With 185 Illustrations And Diagrams

New York

Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers

Copyright, 1918, by Frederick A. Stokes Company

All rights reserved

To My Nephew And Niece Clarence And May Zeitler

A Model Engine Constructed From Diagrams Shown In This Book

A Model Engine Constructed From Diagrams Shown In This Book.

-A Word To The Boy
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-Chapter I. Carpentry Work And Cabinet Making
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-The Carpentry Tools You Need
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-Some Hints on Using Tools
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-How to Make a Glue-Pot
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-How to Sharpen Your Tools
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-How to Take Care of Your Tools
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-Kinds of Wood to Use
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-How to Make Joints
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-About Working Drawings
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-Things for You to Make
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-How to Make a Work Bench
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-How to Make a Tool Chest
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-Chapter II. Scroll Sawing, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Etc.
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-All About Scroll Sawing
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-A Few Other Helpful Things
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-How to Trace a Design on Wood
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-Scroll Saws
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-The Fleetwood Scroll Saw
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-Fancy Woods for Scroll Saw Work
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-How a Lathe is Made
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-Turning Tools for Wood
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-How to Turn Wood
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-The Art Of Wood Carving
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-Chip Carving
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-Panel Carving
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-Pyrography, Or Wood Burning
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-Coloring and Staining Wood
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-Chapter III. Metals And Metal Working
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-The Various Kinds of Tools
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-Some Hints on Using the Tools
(1) When you want to rivet something use the ball pein end of the hammer to pound down the end of the rivet as this will spread it out in every direction ...
-Metals and their Uses
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-Copper
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-Aluminum
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-A Few Useful Alloys
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-How to Do Metal Work
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-Sheet Metal Work
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-How to Solder Metals
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-Bolts and Rivets
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-Bending Sheet Metal
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-Finishing Up Metals
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-Lacquering Brass and Copper
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-How to Make the Lacquer
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-Chapter IV. Venetian Bent Iron Work
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-How to Make an Egg Boiler
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-A Dead Black Finish for Iron Work
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-Tools Needed for Repousse Work
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-Tracing the Design
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-Bossing the Work
After you have traced the outline of the design with the chisels hold the plate over an alcohol or a Bunsen flame and when it is hot enough you can take it off ...
-How to Make a Flat Candlestick
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-How to Make a Photo Frame
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-Pierced Metal Work
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-Casting And Working Pewter
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-Making the Mold
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-Engraving On Metal
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-Chapter V. Drawing Simply Explained
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-The Proportions of the Human Figure
If you will remember when you are drawing a picture of the human form that the whole figure from neck to toe should be 7 times as long as the head; that the ...
-Sketching Still Life Objects
It is always more or less hard to sketch inanimate objects with anything like a true portrayal of them from memory but it is quite easy to do so if you have ...
-The Vanishing Point
So when you draw a box or any other object in perspective the lines will meet if you draw them out far enough and then vanish, and hence this is called the ...
-Working Drawings
And now we come to drawings of another kind and these are not intended to please the eye but to work from, hence they are called working drawings. When most ...
-Drawing Tools You Should Have
Drawing instruments, or drawing tools as they are commonly called, consist for the most part of (1) one or more pairs of dividers; (2) one or more pairs of ...
-Making Plan Drawings
Suppose now you want to draw the plans of a box which, let's imagine, is to be 5 inches high, 6 inches wide and 8 inches long. The first thing to do is to draw ...
-Isometric Perspective Drawings
The kind of perspective drawings I told you how to do under the caption of Drawing in Perspective is true perspective but engineers do drawings which they call ...
-How to Draw a Circle
Should you ever want to draw a circle and have no compasses at hand or should you want to draw a larger circle than you can with your compasses tie a bit of ...
-How to Draw a Spiral
Make a loop in one end of a thread as before and tie the other end tightly to a large pin; wind the thread around the pin until all of it is on except the loop; ...
-How to Draw an Ellipse
An ellipse can be drawn in the same way as a circle, that is, by means of a string; but instead of one pin you will need two and each pin is driven in at the ...
-How to Make and Use a Pantagraph
A panta-graph is a simple mechanical linkage for enlarging, copying or reducing the size of a picture. It is shown in Fig. 51. To make one of these instruments ...
-How to Make a Reflecting Drawing Board
This is a very simple and easily made optical apparatus for copying pictures and making drawings of flat objects. Get a smooth board, or your drawing board ...
-How to Make Tracings
A very easy and effective way to copy any picture already drawn, or even a photograph, in line, is to use tracing paper. This kind of paper, which you can buy ...
-To Make Lasting Impressions
Here is an easy way to make lasting impressions of your own and your friends' finger prints and hands. Take a sheet of heavy glazed white paper, say 5 x 7 ...
-The Ancient and Honored Art of Cutting Silhouettes
Since you are of the younger generation let me tell you just what a silhouette is, and why. It is a profile, or side view, of the head of a person cut out of ...
-Transfer Pictures, or Decalcomania
Of course you know what transfer pictures are. There are very few boys indeed who have not bought and used little 5 cent packages of jim-crow transfer pictures ...
-How to Transfer the Pictures
The regular pictures can be transferred to wood, metal, painted surfaces, etc., but instead of soaking them in water alone as you used to with the toy pictures ...
-Chapter VI. Some Kinks In Photography
Since the slogan you press the button and we'll do the rest has come to be so well known everybody makes photographs. But there are a number of kinks in and ...
-How to Make Blue Prints
This is the very simplest and one of the most useful kinds of photography. You need but very little material to make the pictures with and the little you need ...
-Another Kind of Contact Printing
If you like nature you can use the above process of contact printing to fine advantage. Instead of blue paper it is better to use what is known as solio ...
-How To Tone and Fix the Picture
To tone a silver print means to change its color and give it more brilliancy and this is done by putting it in a chemical solution made of chloride of gold, or ...
-The Simplest Kind of a Camera
When you can buy a real camera for two or three dollars it seems of little use to make one, so just consider the camera I shall describe as a scientific ...
-How to Develop a Dry Plate
Next take your camera into your dark-room and develop the plate, that is, immerse it in a chemical solution called a developer to bring the picture out on it.
-How to Make the Developer
You can make a good, tried and true developer in two solutions as follows: Pyro Solution, A Take 1 ounce of pyrogallic acid, called pyro for short, dissolve it ...
-A Good and Cheap Camera
To take real pictures you want a real camera. Now there are many kinds of hand cameras but there is only one size that I am going to try to interest you in and ...
-How to Make an Enlarging Apparatus
To make an enlarged picture of a small negative take out the back of your camera and get two perfectly clear sheets of glass to fit the opening. 50 With this ...
-How to Make an Enlargement
When you have the apparatus ready set the camera and the illuminator, as the box with the light in it is called, on another table. Put the negative between two ...
-A Developer for Bromide Paper
A good stock solution developer for bromide paper, velox paper, films and dry plates can be made by adding these chemicals to 25 ounces of hot water in the ...
-How to Make a Reflectoscope
A reflectoscope is a kind of magic lantern but instead of using transparent glass slides you can use any picture or opaque object such as the works of a watch, ...
-How to Make a Magic Lantern
To make a magic lantern out of a camera is just as easy as it is to make a reflectoscope but you will have to buy a condensing lens58 and this will cost 50 ...
-How to Make Radium Photographs
You can make radium photographs, or skiagraphs as they are called, with any one of a number of radioactive substances and at a very small outlay. 59 A ...
-Spirit Photographs
When photography was young Sir John Herschel, the great astronomer, got up what he called magic photographs and these have been worked under the name of spirit ...
-One Way to Catch Big Fish
Of course you know that when an object very near the camera is photographed it will look proportionately larger than when it is photographed a little way off ...
-Taking Caricature Photographs
The word caricature (pronounced care'-i-ca-ture) means a portrait in which some part of it is distorted so that it produces a comical effect. Now there are a ...
-Chapter VII. Printing And Its Allied Arts
If there ever was a boy who did not want a printing press I have yet to meet him. Ever since the day when Gutenburg62 invented movable types, and that was some ...
-The Parts of a Self-Inking Press
The Excelsior is the name of a small self-inking printing press that has been on the market for 50 years and it is a good one. The description of it which ...
-How the Press Works
Let's suppose now, that you have the type set in the chase and the chase is fixed in the press; that you have put some ink on the ink-table and a card or a ...
-The Press Outfit You Need
Your outfit will, of course, depend largely on the size of press you have. Outfit for a 3 x 5 Press A couple of dollars will buy all the fixtures you need and ...
-About Type and Setting Type
Relative Number of Type Letters In looking over type catalogues you will see that the fonts are listed as 4A, or 8A-10A, etc. Now this means that in the 4A ...
-The Sizes of Type
Type is made in standard sizes and not so very long ago each size was known by a name. Then a change was made and the point system,63 as it is called, came ...
-Your Type Cases
There are two kinds of type cases and these are made to hold (1) the capital, or upper case letters, and (2) the small or lower case letters. The reason the ...
-Setting the Type
Where you have more than one line to set you should by all means use a composing stick and a small one will cost you a dollar. It should be held in the left ...
-How to Clean Type
As soon as you have printed a job take the chase from the press and before you unlock the form rub the face of the type with a rag dipped in benzine, or ...
-The Ink and Rollers
The Ink While 01 course you will buy your ink all ready to use you may like to know how it is made. Here's a recipe for a printing ink that is as old as the ...
-Printing in Colors
Printing in two or more colors, or color printing, is not only interesting work to do, but profitable, since you can easily get orders for it. It is a little ...
-And Finally Your Stock Supply
You will need a supply of both visiting and business cards; paper for labels, handbills and newspapers - that is, if you intend to print one - and paper for ...
-The Art of Paper Making
Of course you know what paper looks like and how it feels, but it is not so likely that you know what it is and how it is made; but paper making is an art so ...
-How to Bind Books
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-Chapter VIII. How to Make Rubber Stamps
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-To Make an Ink Pad
Cut out two blocks of pine wood each of which is 1/4 inch thick, 2 inches wide and 3 inches long; cut out four strips of woolen cloth 2 x 3 inches, lay two of ...
-To Make Rubber Stamp Inks
A Black Ink Mix 3 parts of lampblack with 7 parts of olive oil. A Red Ink Mix 2 parts of vermilion with 3 parts of olive oil. A Blue Ink Mix 3 parts of aniline ...
-How to Make a Copygraph Pad
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-How to Copy a Letter
You must write your letter with a special aniline ink, called hectograph ink, and use a new steel pen to do it with. While the writing is getting dry take a ...
-How to Make Hectograph Inks
Black Ink Mix 10 parts of methyl violet; 20 parts of nigrosene; 30 parts of glycerine; 5 parts of gum arabic and 60 parts of alcohol. Heat it until the ...
-Die Sinking. How to Make Badges, Etc.
It is fascinating work to sink a name into a piece of sheet metal with steel dies and yet it is very easy if you have the tools and you can make some money out ...
-How to Make a Burning Brand
A burning brand is useful to mark the handles of tools, boxes or anything made of wood by burning a name or a design into them. To make a burning brand, say ...
-Stencils
A stencil is a piece of heavy paper or thin sheet of metal in which letters or a design are cut through with broken lines, and it is used for marking the ...
-Chapter IX. The Art Of Working Glass
One of the most fascinating of the mechanical arts is working in glass. One reason for this is because it is a substance so beautiful, so hard and so fragile ...
-How to Cut Glass
About the simplest and most useful process for you to know is how to cut glass. To cut window glass you need (1) a glass cutter; (2) a drawing board and (3) a ...
-How to Drill Holes in Glass
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-How to Cut Glass Tubing
The First Way A simple way to cut, or rather break off a piece of glass tube evenly is to make a cut all round the tube with a three-cornered file92 and you ...
-How to Cut Glass Disks
By sawing out a round board, laying it flat on a sheet of glass and running your glass cutter around the edge of the pattern you can cut out an approximately ...
-How to Bend Glass Tubing
It is useful to know how to bend a piece of glass tubing, especially if you are interested in chemistry and want to set up some apparatus - in fact you should ...
-To Round the Ends of a Tube
When you cut a tube either with a file or a glass cutter the edge of the end will be sharp but not smooth. All you have to do to round it is to heat it in the ...
-To Make a Glass Nozzle
In setting up chemical apparatus it very often happens that a glass nozzle is needed. To make a nozzle seal off a piece of glass tube as described above and by ...
-To Make a Hole in a Tube
To make a hole of any size in a tube, or piercing it, as it is called, you ought to have a sharp pointed flame and a. blow-pipe, which is described farther on.
-To Join Two Tubes of the Same Size
Put a cork into one end of one of the tubes and hold the other end in the flame as well as one end of the other tube as shown at A in Fig. 91. Let the ends of ...
-How to Make a Blow-Pipe
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-How to Blow a Bulb
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-How to Etch Glass
There are two ways to etch glass and these are (i) with a sand blast and (2) with acid. The Sand Blast Process The process which follows is a simplified form ...
-How to Make Ground Glass
To make ground glass go about it as above described but in this case no stencil is needed. The Acid Process Hydrofluoric acid is made by treating fluor-spar,97 ...
-How to Cement Glass
To cement glass clean the edges or surfaces to be fixed together with hot water in which you have put a little soda; dry well with a clean cloth and then be ...
-A Simple Way to Frost Glass
Make a saturated solution of alum, water, which means to dissolve as much alum in hot water as possible. Lay the glass on a perfectly level table and pour on ...
-Substitutes for Glass
There are a number of substances that can be used instead of glass. In some cases a substitute is better than glass but generally they are used because they ...
-How to Silver a Mirror
While it is much cheaper to buy a mirror than it is to make one still there are times when it is useful to know how to make one. As you know, a mirror is a ...
-Chapter X. Toys For The Kiddies
If there is as much pleasure in giving as there is in receiving you can get twice as much pleasure out of making toys with your own hands and giving them to ...
-How to Make a Policeman's Puzzle
Get two strips of wood 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 an inch wide and II inches long and cut handles on one end of each strip. Saw with your scroll saw out of 1/8 inch ...
-How to Make an Automobile Truck
This little toy will bring a lot of unalloyed joy to any tiny, weentie fellow and it's easy to make, too. Cut out a board for the bottom 3/4 inch thick, 4 1/2 ...
-How to Make a Swell Coaster
This is a practical toy that every little tot will like immensely. It is just as simple as the automobile but it must be made very much stronger. Fig. 98.
-How to Make a Nifty Wheelbarrow
This is a cute wheelbarrow and will tickle any little choptie 'most half to death and you can make it in no time. Get two sticks of wood 3/4 inch square and 24 ...
-How to Make a High-Low Swing
Here is a peace promoter and a queller of disturbances wherever there are very little kiddies around. It is an indoor swing that can be hung from the top of a ...
-How to Make a Stick Horse
This is a great improvement over riding a broomstick because it doesn't take so much imagination to change it into a runaway horse. Saw out of a board 5 inches ...
-How to Make a Pony and Cart
If this little pony and cart are to be played with in the house you can make it the size marked in Fig. 102 but if it is to be used out-of-doors then you ...
-How to Make a Life-like Goose
Nearly all geese, including goslings, are lifelike unless they are being made ready for the pot but this gray-goose is lifelike in that her head moves out from ...
-How to Make a Wireless Pup
This is a most remarkable bull-pup for he will jump out of the kennel when you or any one else calls him, when you clap your hands or on any other occasion ...
-Chapter XI Home Made Musical Instruments
There is music in everything if you only know how to get it out without cracking it. When a small boy beats a pie-pan with a stick, or drums on a wooden fence ...
-The Musical Coins
How to Make Them A simple and very pleasing way to show that there is music even in cold brass is to take a piece of sheet brass, or, better, sheet steel, ...
-The Musical Tomato Cans
How to Make Them The musical tomato cans make a bombastic instrument - very bombastic I should say. Be that Fig. 107. THE CHOPIN TOMATO CAN as it may, get ...
-The Musical Glasses
How to Make Them Different from the tomato cans, the musical glasses make about the sweetest music ever heard. To make a set get eight very thin glass goblets ...
-The Tubular Harp
How to Make It This easily made instrument gives out tones very much like those of the musical glasses but they are much deeper and louder. Fig. 109 A, B. The ...
-The Musical Push Pipe
How to Make It This musical instrument is an organ pipe but it is played like a slide trombone, that is by pushing in and pulling out a slide that fits inside ...
-The Curious Xylophone
How to Make It This instrument, which is pronounced zil-o-fon', is cheap to make or buy 107 and is easy to learn to play. To make one cut off fifteen bars of a ...
-The Peculiar Tubaphone
How to Make It By using brass tubes, or better, tubes made of bell metal, you can have a xylophone of another order. Use tubing 3/4 inch in diameter and have ...
-The Cathedral Chimes
How to Make Them This is one of the easiest musical instruments to make and the music produced by it is impressive in its tone and depth. To make it saw off a ...
-The Aeolian Harp
How to Make It This harp is of very ancient origin and it gets its name from AEolus who, in classic mythology, was the father of the winds, and very ...
-An Egyptian Fiddle
How to Make It The early Egyptians invented the fiddle, or rebab as they called it, but they did not play it with a bow. Later in medieval times, that is in ...
-Chapter XII. Some Evening Entertainments
There is a feature of home life that the heads of too many families overlook and that is getting together and having an evening of entertainment which the ...
-Cartoons While You Wait
This is a good feature to start off your season's divertisements with. Make a substantial easel on which to set a large drawing board as shown in Fig. 116, or ...
-Thirty Minutes of Chemistry
Here are some very pretty and easily made experiments in chemistry and as you perform them you can give the explanation I have written about each one which ...
-The Magic Fountain
The Effect You show an empty bottle, or Florence flask, and then push a cork with two holes in it into the mouth of the bottle. Next push a glass tube having a ...
-The Vicious Soap Bubbles
The Effect Show a dish of soap-suds and then blow bubbles with the apparatus described below. When the bubbles take on a size of about 3 inches in diameter ...
-The Uncanny Wheel
The Effect A pitcher is shown full of emptiness and then a cardboard wheel, 4 inches in diameter, with buckets, or cones 1 inch high and 3/4 inch across glued ...
-Giving a Travelogue
A travelogue is simply a talk on travel, or on a country, illustrated with pictures of some kind. To be able to give a travel talk does not mean necessarily ...
-An Electrical Soiree
Experiments in electricity are always interesting to all however young or old, for of all the powers that have been harnessed by man it is the least tangible ...
-Demonstrating Electricity Without Apparatus
Did you ever rub a cat in a dark room in the winter and see the sparks fly? Well this is one way to make electricity without apparatus though you need a cat125 ...
-How Like Repels Like
Electrify two strips of newspaper this time and hold them together by the ends. Instantly the free ends of the papers will fly apart for like signs of ...
-The Induction, or Spark Coil
An induction coil is an apparatus for changing a direct low pressure, but large quantity current from a battery into an alternating high pressure but small ...
-Demonstrating Wireless Telegraphy
All you have to do to make your induction coil into a wireless transmitter, that is, the sending apparatus, is to put a couple of brass balls on the points of ...
-Reading Palms for Fun
Many years ago when P. T. Barnum was exhibiting a sacred white elephant, which was nothing more nor less than a small Indian elephant covered with whitewash, ...
-How to Read Palms
There are two things which you should learn before you begin to read palms and these are (1) the names of the different parts of the hand, and (2) the lines ...
-A Talk on the Steam Engine
For your final evening entertainment give a thumb-nail lecture on steam and the steam-engine. You will find every one is interested in steam because it is one ...







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