Barrel Bank To Make (1940’s)

Saving money is an inborn trait with many people. While it is true that the only safe place to keep saved money is in your established local bank, nevertheless, the odd pennies and nickels that are rarely missed from one’s pocket can be converted into a barrel of money with the aid of the bank shown in the photograph.

Its construction will require a piece of 6 x 6 stock 8″ long. A piece of clear
fir such as might be obtained in any lumberyard will be suitable. Pine or
any of the cabinet hardwoods, if they are obtainable, will be found easier to
work. The end of the stock should be sawn square. A faceplate is fastened to one end with three or four wood screws; then the faceplate with the stock attached is run on the spindle at the headstock of the lathe. The dead center is brought up to the other end of the stock to supply added support for most, of the turning.

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Shaded Baby Blanket Pattern (1950’s)


Shaded Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern Baby Blanket

Size : 34 inches square


4 ounces light weight Baby Wool 3 ply (pink or blue)

3 ounces white

1 pair No. 8 needles

1 pair No. 13 wooden needles

1 E crochet hook


stitches equal 1 inch

This blanket is knitted with 2 strands of yarn throughout.

Using two strands of pink (or blue) yarn and one of the No. 13 wooden needles, cast on 110 stitches.

(NOTE: scroll down for more information about the Baby Knitting Pattern book that this knitting pattern came from)

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Raglan Baby Sweater Pattern (1950’s)

SIZE: 6 months and 1 year


3 ounces 3 ply Baby Wool

1 pair No. 2 needles

1 set No. 2 needles, double pointed

1 steel crochet hook No. 3


8 stitches equal 1 inch

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Easy Dowel Shelves to Make

These cute nic-nac shelves can be made quickly, easily and cheaply. Use scrap plywood to make the shelves.

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How To Recover a Lamp Shade

How to Recover a Lamp Shade - Vintage DIY!Lamp shades can easily be recovered by the craftsman at considerably less than the cost of a new shade. Parchment shades can be attractively covered with cloth which is cut to fit, sewed, and then glued onto the parchment with ordinary liquid glue. Decorative borders can be made with colored gimp of the type upholsterers use.

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How to recover a lamp shade - Vintage DIYWhen a shade is being recovered the first step is the preparation of a pattern for cutting the material that is to cover the parchment. The shape of this pattern, if the shade is tapered, will be similar to that shown in Fig. 1. To lay out the pattern, a piece of paper is wrapped around the lamp shade; a pencil line is traced on the inside surface of the paper at the upper and lower ends of the frame as shown in Fig. 2. The paper is removed and is then cut along the pencil lines. This operation will produce the inside and outside curves of the pattern as shown in Detail (A). In order to establish the correct length, the paper now should be replaced on the shade so that the “V” cuts can be made at the upper and lower edges in both ends of the pattern as shown in Fig. 3. With the pattern again removed a pencil line is drawn from the lower “V” cut to the upper one. Cuts made along these lines will produce a pattern which is the exact size of the shade without any seam or hem allowance.

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When the cloth is being cut according to the pattern, at least 3/8″ allowance should be left on all sides for hems and seams. The upper and lower edges of the cloth are hemmed before the ends are turned down and joined as shown in Fig. 4. This scheme keeps the cloth as flat as possible. The completed covering is now tried on the shade. If it fits properly, it is removed and glue is applied to the upper and lower edges of the parchment as shown in Fig. 5. The covering is then slipped over the shade. The decorative gimp is applied with glue as shown in Fig. 6.

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Thin imitation leather can also be used for recovering shades that are to be opaque. The original material is first removed from the wire frame; the leather is cut to fit the frame and is stitched onto it. The laying out of the pattern of the shade is done in the same manner as previously outlined. If a paneled effect is desired the pattern should be divided into any number of equal parts. The material being used for the covering should be cut to the outline of each of these parts; extra material must be allowed along each side of the pattern for hems. The panels are sewed together by means of a seam similar to the one shown in Fig. 4. When completed the shade will look like the sketch in Fig. 7.
Lamp shades that have a covering which is slightly concave as shown in Fig. 8 will require panels with the edges curved. The lacing of the completed shade to the frame is the final operation. Goat skin or Florentine lacing similar to that used in leather work is ideal for use on lamp shades. Holes are punched around the upper and lower edges of the covering before the lacing is applied as shown in Fig. 9.

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How to Restore an Antique Clock

How To Restore an Antique Clock


walnutsClock restoration is well within the means of every craftsman. Old clock cases suffering from neglectful ownership can be found in attics and antique shops everywhere. Most of them have been discarded because the movement failed, but that is a matter easily remedied by the installation of a modern electric movement. The cases usually are scarred, and the wood grain is obscured, but that too is redeemable.

Old clock cases generally were constructed of the better types of wood and were made by skilled craftsmen who built permanence into their creations. Age and neglect may have left their marks on the case, but these marks usually can be removed by the simple process of refinishing.

Preparation of the case for refinishing will require the removal of any items such as doors, glass panels and the clock face. The hinges attaching the door to the case should be removed from both the door and the case so that they will not interfere with the removal of the old finish.

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Make A Pen & Pencil Tray from a Mailing Tube

How to Make a Pen and Pencil Tray from a Mailing Tube

A pen or pencil tray for the desk may be made quickly from a mailing tube of 1″diameter. A tube 10″ long cut in half the long way provides two half-round pieces which can be glued together at the edges to form the tray. End pieces to close the tray are cut from heavy cardboard, and the whole surface is covered with thin leather.

If a short length of angle iron is available, it can be used to advantage as a guide for the knife that slits the tube from end to end. After the tube has been slit, glue is applied to the edges that are to butt together. The size of the end pieces, as shown in Fig. 1, will have to be determined after the two half sections of the tube have been joined together. To obtain the correct size and shape for these ends, the glued-up half tubes are placed upright on a piece of cardboard while their outlines are traced. The cardboard is cut to shape slightly oversize, and the ends are glued to the tubes. After the glue has set, the excess cardboard is removed with a file.

Care should be exercised in covering the base with thin leather, as glue left on the surface will discolor it. Glue is applied to the outside of the tubes first, then the piece of leather previously cut to the correct size is wrapped around the tubes. The ends of the leather are turned down inside the tubes as shown in Fig. 2. The inside covering is applied after the tube has been coated with glue as shown in the photograph. The leather is worked down into the tube. The leather covering for each end is cut in one piece as shown in Fig. 2 to cover the inside and outside. It is attached with glue.

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