Set Building Simplified by Standardized Hookup Board
THIS new hookup board will gladden the heart of many a newcomer into radio because of the ease with which it allows the novice to hook up his receiver. It eliminates all wiring from part to part and practically any type of circuit can be employed. Consequently the following of blueprints and diagrams can be avoided and the various items assembled by merely plugging them in the proper sockets in the board.
Many NEW USES For OLD FORDS
Extraordinary uses ior the aged motor will make it useful over an indeterminate period.
Here is a farm power plant made from an old Model T Ford automobile. It operates a belt line and shaft for grinding feed, elevating corn and grain, cutting ensilage. It is also rigged up to operate a grindstone and emery wheel tool sharpeners. Such a power plant is of inestimable value on the farm as it can be adapted for a variety of uses.
Muting the TV used to be a bit trickier.
make a “SHADDAP”
By Robert Hertzberg
ARE some of those long-winded commercials spoiling your TV pleasure? You can cut them off temporarily, without getting up from your chair, by means of a simple gadget you can assemble and install in twenty minutes.
Transparent Wrappers for Packages Can Be Home-Made
THIN, transparent, waterproof wrappers for covering packages intended for gifts may be easily and cheaply made at home, giving a truly cosmopolitan appearance to gifts. A thin, liquid celluloid is made by dissolving strips of clear celluloid in either ether and alcohol or amyl acetate. Coloring matter may be added at this stage if desired to increase its attractiveness.
Fun With Matches
ON dreary evenings, much amusement may be had by manipulating match sticks, splitting them with a piece of razor blade or a sharp knife, or combining several sticks and gluing them together. The addition of little pieces of paper, colored and pasted to the match sticks, will aid in carrying out the desired effect.
electronic’s strangest music maker
Music From Nowhere
By James Joseph
The theremin—is it “electronics gone haywire?’1 Picking music from air isn’t as easy as it looks.
MAYBE you were among the hundreds of TV skeptics who, doubting their own eyes, recently flooded a network’s switchboard with angry complaints about what appeared to be a man coaxing music out of thin air.
He Does The Job Painters Hate
Got a paint brush so hard that you can drive nails with it?
Then you’re the kind of guy who keeps the Paint Brush Laundry busy.
By Benn Ollman
THE Paint Brush Laundry, a unique four-year-old Milwaukee institution, has a slogan—”We Do the Painter’s. Dirty Work”—that carries a potent appeal to a constantly increasing number of home owners, do-it-yourselfers and painting contractors.
Toboggans on Pine Needles
THOSE who have wandered in the woods know how difficult it is to walk up a slope covered with pine-needles. Some have even slid down such slopes, when young, on a barrel stave, which was lots of fun. Just such an idea is embodied in this “Pine Needle” toboggan slide. It makes use of a smooth bottomed sled, an artificial slide covered with pine-needles and a good slope of land.
Introducing “Blinky” the nite-light blinking bee By WILLIAM H. MINOR
HERE’S a little project that’s sure to keep the youngsters amused for hours and hours. About 9″ from head to tail, this busy balsa “bee” will blink continuously for over a year on one set of batteries. Blinky’s operation is based on two neon-bulb relaxation oscillators, housed in the bee’s hollow body.
A NOBBY novelty copped this month’s $50 Bright Idea Award. Called the Cig-O-Mat, it’s a miniature cigarette vending machine that looks just like the big jobs that dispense smokes for those who like the puffers. Made of heavy chrome, it is an eyecatching little item for your home or office. It holds nearly two packs of your favorite butts and is sold by Richards Merchandising, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. •