Extra Uses for Plastic Weatherstripping (Oct, 1947)

On the second page, is he halfway through putting up the title for a movie called “COLON MAGIC”? Or do you think his name Colon and he has a partner named Magi? Or perhaps it has to do with the Colon Magic Festival held in Colon, Michigan, the “Magic Capital of the World”.

Extra Uses for Plastic Weatherstripping

The adhesiveness of plastic weatherstripping and similar calking compounds makes them ideal for a wide variety of applications. Some uses are illustrated here and others crop up constantly in the home, shop, and office. Surfaces held together by the sticky stuff will come apart when you want them to, since it never hardens permanently. Don’t worry about getting it on the furniture; it comes off easily.—Kenneth Murray.

Rubber-Band Sharpshooter (Aug, 1946)

Rubber-Band Sharpshooter
How a North Carolina Sportsman Makes and Shoots His Slingshots

ONE OF boyhood’s traditional toys has come of age. Jim Gasque, North Carolina sportsman, has proved that the ordinary slingshot, when properly made and used, can be an adult weapon of deadly accuracy at distances up to 30’—a range sufficient for stalking small game. He shoots regular No. 0 buckshot.



A SMALL electric arc furnace for experimental purposes can be made from two flowerpots, one 2 in. in diameter and the other either 6 or 8 in. Drill two holes opposite each other just below the lip of the smaller pot. (An ordinary steel drill will do this.) Make them large enough to receive carbon arc-light rods.

Three WATER WHEELS For The Beach (Aug, 1935)

I don’t know if I’d really want to be swimming a foot from an outboard motor. Perhaps I’m just a coward.

Three WATER WHEELS For The Beach

For new thrills at the beach this summer, build one or all of these novel fun wheels— the head-over-heels Aqua-roller, the Outboard Swim Spinner, or the Barrel-boat that rolls over sea or sand.

FROM far-off Holland comes the design for the first of MM’s water wheels—an Aqua-roller originated by P. C. van Petegem. A wheel of tubular floats mounted on a frame of two steel hoops rolls along the water as the bather shifts his weight from side to side inside the wheel.

Modern Porch Furniture from Old Car Parts (Aug, 1938)

Modern Porch Furniture from Old Car Parts
You can have a decorative table and chairs on your porch for the price of two old auto seats, three double-bar bumpers of the type shown, and a few hours of your spare time. To assemble the table, take one bumper apart, cut the bars in two and then bend them to the shape indicated, using a heavy wood block nailed to a plank and faced with sheet metal as a former. Before bending the bars, they must be heated to a cherry red where the bends are to be made.

Model Locomotive BUILT FROM JUNK Runs Back-yard Railway (Sep, 1933)

Model Locomotive BUILT FROM JUNK Runs Back-yard Railway

ALTHOUGH built from materials costing only $12.35, this model locomotive hauls 350 lb. on a back-yard railway patronized by all the children in the neighborhood. It is 4 ft. long and weighs 80 lb.

To drive the locomotive, an old washing wachine motor costing $3 was used. The speed, being 1,700 r.p.m., had to be reduced. The ideal way would be with worm gears, but in order to keep the expense down, the gears from the same discarded washing machine were used. This old washer, which cost 50 cents, furnished a set of plain spur gears, bevel gears, and pulleys, as well as shafting, bearings, and other parts. Three-speed reductions were made in this way.

Bomber Tank Becomes Wading Pool (Jul, 1947)

Bomber Tank Becomes Wading Pool

WARPLANE wing tanks, which can be picked up as war surplus for about $5, make excellent back-yard wading pools. The pool shown was cut from a wing tank made for a B-17 bomber. It was laminated neoprene and cloth and required a couple of hours of cutting time, but it was so stiff that no frame was needed for rigidity.

A line was scribed around the sides and ends about 7-1/2″ from the bottom as a guide line. After several unsuccessful attempts, a linoleum knife tapped on the back of the blade with a wooden mallet was found the best means of cutting. Wedges inserted as the cutting proceeded helped to speed the work, and the hooked point of the knife got a good grip under the material.



NOW YOU CAN experiment with “printed” circuits. A kit containing air-drying conducting and resistance paints is available to the student and experimenter for the construction of miniature radio and electronic circuits. The process consists of determining on paper the size of the painted components and their most compact arrangement, transferring the layout to a suitable base of sheet polystyrene or fiberboard, as shown in photo A, and then drawing the lines and areas of silver or copper paint which act as wires and condensers. Connected areas of carbon and graphite paint serve as resistors.

Making Odd Masks Is New Hobby (Aug, 1933)

Making Odd Masks Is New Hobby

MAKING masks of celebrities from unique materials is a new hobby for the artistically inclined. Below are shown two of the masks, one of George Bernard Shaw, the famous Irish author, and the other of Greta Garbo, movie star. Mr. Shaw’s face is made from tin, his whiskers from brushes. Garbo’s hair is made from steel wool.

A Wind-Driven Battery Charger (Aug, 1933)

There is a teenager in Malawi named William Kamkwamba who has a really excellent blog where he talks all about building one of these.



Professor of Agricultural Engineering, Macdonald College, Quebec, Canada

ANY thousands of farm folk are still dependent upon battery sets for their radio programs. To them the charging of storage batteries is still the greatest bugbear of the battery set. This homemade wind-driven charger is an economical solution of their problem; indeed, it is designed to take care of not only the battery of a single set but the batteries of a whole neighborhood. The farm boy who makes one of these in a community not served by high-line power can earn the cost of the plant and extra spending money in a short time.