Small Fry’s Play Stools (May, 1950)

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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.

In constructing the train, the two side panels are completed first and then the front and bottom panels and the seat are cut out. All the parts are assembled with nails or screws. The four front wheels are separate pieces cut out and screwed into place. None of the wheels revolve. The boiler sections are cut out and nailed to the front panel. A hole is drilled in the front boiler section to accept the short piece of 1 in. dowel which represents a headlight. The whole unit is sanded smooth, shellacked and painted as shown.

In building the turtle stool, the shell forming the seat is first cut to shape and the legs then are cut. from two pieces of 3/4 in. stock 3-1/4 in. x 11-1/2 in. These are slanted back 1-1/4 in. at the top and notched to form a cross-lap joint. In assembling, the leg sections are glued together.

The top is nailed or screwed to the cross-lapped legs. The head and tail pieces are cut to shape and attached with screws. Finish by sanding smooth and then paint to suit.

1 comment
  1. Charlene says: June 25, 20129:43 pm

    The kid on the left – her (her?) eyes look like they were drawn by different artists.

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