Making Your Own 4th of July Fun
by Dale Van Horn
The big idea of July Fourth seems to be to make more noise in the day time and more brilliance at night than the other fellow. But if everybody buys from the same store, it’s only a matter of who has the fattest purse. This article tells you how you can have more fun than your neighbor at lower cost, by making your own fireworks.
Glim was a brand of dish washing soap
make your own BUBBLE COMPOUND
WITH a startling new formula worked out particularly for MI readers, you can produce rainbow-colored bubbles that last longer and are more brilliant than the old-fashioned kind made with a soap base. In addition to the natural rainbow coloring, it is practical to add luminous powder to the new formula so that the bubbles will glow when produced in the dark..
STYLES in TURNSTILES
A quaint turnstile for a country garden fence.
BY ROBERTA L. FAIRALL
FOR landscaping beauty add a turnstile along that garden path, patio entrance, or in the fence which separates the front from the back yard. They are different and handy.
For the cottage by the sea or lakeshore, the turnstile with a nautical design is just the thing. A 4″x4″ post approximately 5′ long is set 2′ into the ground in cement; then two 2″x4″ boards, each as long as you wish your gate to be wide, are fastened together at the middle with a cross-lap joint.
Small Fry’s Play Stools
PLAY stools will keep children off drafty floors and are practical additions to any nursery. Here are two novel, colorful and sturdy units anyone can build.
The main parts must first be enlarged by laying out the contours on paper which has been ruled into 1 in. squares. The drawings are then transferred to wood 3/4 in. thick and the pieces cut out with a jigsaw.
NOVEL THREAD RACK DEPICTS Little Miss Muffet
BECAUSE of its appeal to childhood memories, this “Little Miss Muffet” thread rack is a gift novelty of a unique and attractive type. The shelf, Miss Muffet, and her bowl are cut from plywood. The web consists of a center block bored to take twelve small sticks of varying lengths, around which some metallic gift-wrapping cord is wound.
OIL FIELD IN HIS GARAGE
Fred Perry, Pittsburgh. Pa., hobbyist, has spent years making this working model of an early 1900 Pennsylvania oil field which stands on a platform in his garage.
Miniature powerhouse supplies jack pumps with power to bring oil from wells to nearby tanks. Pipelines then carry it to the storage tanks.
Here Perry tightens bolt on tiny jack pump with one of the special tools he had to make himself in order to assemble and maintain his oil field.
Alas this wouldn’t work nearly as well with filter cigarettes.
INSTEAD of discarding those butts save them. You can make one extra cigarette out of every three, or nine from a whole pack! After cleaning ashtray (1) trim off burned ends of butts (2) and place three in a single sheet of cigarette paper (3). Roll as you would a roll-your-own (4). Photo No. 5 shows the saving from one pack—almost 50% extra smokes plus one final butt left over. It’s all right to throw this one away if you want to. This system doesn’t require the skill needed for conventional hand rolling.
That is one hell of a present for your kid, though with that giant hood it looks like the turning radius is probably similar to a real sports car.
FIBERGLAS SPORTS CAR
No youngster could ask for more than have his dad build him this rakish looking sports car.
By John Micklitsch
TO keep the cost at a minimum, about 75% of the mechanical parts used on the car were either bought at junk yards or second-hand dealers. Except for the welding of the chassis, which was a professional job, the body, transmission, steering, etc., was home-built and assembled by the designer, strictly an amateur.
MI GOLDEN HAMMER AWARD WINNERS
Grandfather clock features a moving moon dial and chimes. Constructed in spare time by postal clerk, Melvin E. Johnson, Baltimore. Photo sent by Mrs. Johnson.
Bookcase-wall cabinet piece is made of attractive knotty pine finished with orange shellac. Samuel Robertino, Stamford, Conn.
Bicycle Radio is Easy and Cheap to Build
By ARTHUR C. MILLER
FANS who would like to install a radio on their bicycles so they can enjoy their favorite programs while riding around town or on short trips will find the inexpensive set described on these pages just what they have been looking for. Fitting in a basket mounted on the handlebars, the battery-operated, four-tube receiver contains its own loudspeaker. It gives excellent results on local broadcast stations, and if iron-core coils instead of the air-space type specified are used this range will be increased.