Women Invade the Home Workshop (Jul, 1940)

Women Invade the Home Workshop

ONCE a hobby with an appeal only for men, the home workshop now is attracting an increasingly large number of women. In St. Joseph, Mich., for example, women form an active part of the membership in the St. Joseph Homework-shop Club. Under the supervision of B. L. Van Lente, of the local Y.W.C.A., they undertake all sorts of ambitious projects, and in some cases are more proficient than the men members.

Pedaling Peddler Sharpens Scissors (Jul, 1940)

Pedaling Peddler Sharpens Scissors
Both transportation and power supply for his work are furnished by the bicycle of the British scissors grinder pictured at the left. For the rear wheel of the bicycle that rolls this sharp-witted grinder from house to house in search of jobs also whirls the grinding wheels on a shaft mounted on the handlebars. A belt connects shaft and rear wheel.

Hands Up! (Feb, 1950)

Hands Up!
to hold your books

Cash in on personalized book ends. Cast in a flexible mold from a master pattern of a human hand and finished in bronze, they bring a handsome spare-time profit

By Thomas A. Dickinson

LIKE THE BRONZING of baby shoes, here’s an idea that can be turned into a profitable spare-time business — casting book ends from human hands. But whether it’s done for profit or just for fun, it costs little and your friends are sure to be intrigued by a life-size reproduction of their own hands, supporting their favorite books.



By Kenneth Murray

PRINTING up to 100 stamp-size photographs on a single sheet of 8×10 in. paper is easy with the MI Printer. After processing, each sheet can be gummed on the back, and cut so that individual stamps are available for attaching to personal stationery, books and other possessions.

Printing can be done from any negative; the mask opening is 7/8 x 7/8 in. This leaves a narrow white border on each stamp. Without changing the guides, you can substitute a mask with an opening twice as large and print 50 exposures on each sheet.

Novel Blueprint Lamp Shade For Den or Workshop (Feb, 1954)

Novel Blueprint Lamp Shade For Den or Workshop
An old blueprint, perhaps of your own house, makes an attractive lamp-shade covering for a man’s den or workshop. Use the type of shade that has the top and bottom loops fastened together with corner wires. Strip off the old shade, use it for a pattern and cut the new cover from the blueprint. It can be fastened to the frame with glue or cellulose tape.
L. C. Auer, La Porte, Tex.

Cubic Jig-Saw Puzzle (May, 1933)

Novel Jig-Saw Puzzle MADE IN FORM OF CUBE

By George S. Greene

THIS new and unusual type of jigsaw puzzle forms a cube when assembled and has a different picture on each of its six sides. When the parts are spread out and well shuffled on the table, they resemble those of an ordinary picture puzzle, except that some of the pieces have no indication of pictures on them at all to aid in the assembly.

Junk Yard Yields Parts for Odd Organ (May, 1939)

Junk Yard Yields Parts for Odd Organ

Discarded bottles, an old vacuum-cleaner motor, sections of inner tubing, and other objects salvaged from the scrap heap comprise the parts of a unique junk-yard organ recently exhibited at Atlantic City, N.J. Individual notes are sounded by air from the cleaner motor blowing across small holes in the caps of bottles tuned by partly filling them with water. Supplementary noise makers are attached to the organ’s console.

Alphabet Macaroni Used for Ship-Model Names (Apr, 1940)

Alphabet Macaroni Used for Ship-Model Names
Small alphabet macaroni sold for use in soups will sometimes serve effectively for the name of a ship model. Select the necessary letters, taking care to have them all regular in shape and size. Paint them first the same color as the surface to which they are to be applied. When thoroughly dry, paint the face of each letter to contrast with the hull. Then cement them carefully on the stern.— M. H. Osterberg.

Dashing Barrel-Body Chariot Thrills the Backyard Warrior (Nov, 1938)

What, no whip?

Dashing Barrel-Body Chariot Thrills the Backyard Warrior
Here’s a chariot you can make for the children that will provide lots of fun for them and their friends. All you need is a barrel and a pair of wheels from a coaster wagon or even an old baby carriage. Cut the barrel as indicated and put reinforcing strips of flat iron inside the barrel opposite each hoop, screwing both the hoops and the strips to each stave. The axle of the wheels is mounted on the barrel bottom with iron brackets, after which the tongue is attached as indicated. It’s a good idea to sandpaper all of the edges carefully to avoid any possibility of splinters and then give the chariot a couple of coats of bright-colored paint.

Have Fun With This Chariot-Type Tricycle Trailer (Dec, 1950)

Have Fun With This Chariot-Type Tricycle Trailer

Rolling along on semipneumatic wheels, this little trailer will double the enjoyment the youngsters get from their tricycles. The frame, rail and tongue are all bent from thin-wall conduit, either by using a standard pipe bender or by filling the conduit with sand, plugging the ends and then bending by hand. The trailer-hitch bolt engages a hole drilled in a piece of flat iron which is bolted to the tricycle-seat frame. The wheels are fastened with cotter pins or the axle is drilled and tapped for attaching them with roundheaded screws