Make A Lighthouse Lamp (1940’s)

Make a Lighthouse Lamp entrance hallways and stair landings a small light is sometimes needed as a safety measure. For this purpose the model lighthouse illustrated here is ideal. It presents a pleasing appearance and costs little to operate. Construction centers around a wood-turning lathe. The pedestal is made of oak and is filled and stained to bring out the richness of the grain.

Where ever a small light is required as a safety measure this attractive lamp will be appropriate. It takes little space and operates all night at low cost. A 7 1/2-watt electric light bulb of the type used as a pilot light on electrical equipment is housed behind a piece of frosted celluloid.

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Cannon Pipe Holder To Make

Make Dad happy by giving him this clever rest for his favorite pipe.  Pieces 1 and 2 which form the body of the cannon, can be fashioned from 1/2 inch oak stock, and then glued together transversely.

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Dutch Girl Corner Shelf Jig Saw Pattern - free -

Dutch Girl Corner Shelf Jig Saw Project


Dutch Girl Corner Shelf Jig Saw Pattern - free - Girl Corner Shelf Jig Saw Project – Free Jig Saw Pattern

Odd pieces of bric-a-brac or small potted plants can be displayed to advantage by providing an individual shelf to hold them. The photograph shows such a small corner shelf with two dancing Dutch girls.

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The figures of the girls will require 3/16″ plywood, one piece being 5 5/8″ x 9 1/4″ and the other 5 7/16″  x 9 1/4″. Because of the grain direction shown in Fig. 2, the shelf will require a piece of 1/4″ stock 5 1/2″ x 8″.

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A full-size pattern of the Dutch girl will have to be prepared from the graph-squared drawing on a sheet of paper 5 5/8″ x 9 1/4″ divided into 1/2″ squares.

The full-size pattern is glued to the 5 5/8″ x 9 1/4″ piece of plywood; then the smaller piece (5 7/16″ x 9 1/4″) is placed under the one to which the pattern has been applied. As noted in Fig. 1, the 3/16″ difference between the two pieces is at the inner edge to allow for the butting of the figures when they are assembled.

Since both figures are identical, the two pieces are fastened together temporarily with several 1/2″ brads placed within areas that are to be removed. To avoid the need of excessive sanding, the jig saw should be provided with a fine-toothed blade. All pierced sections will require the boring of small holes to permit the jigsaw blade to be passed through.

The decorative small circles bordering the apron on the figures are holes bored as indicated. All pierced sections should be cut first on the jig saw. The outer contour should be left for the final sawing.

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Dust Cover Made from Sheet Celluloid (1945’s)


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ATTRACTIVE dust covers form any household or hobby work room uses can be made easily from clear sheet celluloid sold by auto supply stores. Sheets as large as 20″ x 40″ are available. This size is more than adequate for a variety of items: kitchen food mixers, pastry, microscopes, etc.

To make a cover, place the object on a sheet of paper and draw an outline around it. For some articles a cylindrical cover is suitable, for others a dewdrop shape is better. Several styles are shown in Fig. 1. Measure the circumference and cut a piece of celluloid 54″ longer and of width equal to the height of cover required. Bend the celluloid into a cylinder, paint the ¼ ” lap allowance several times with acetone. Clamp the two ends together between two pieces of wood and allow to dry for an hour. Reinforcing of the top and bottom edges is necessary to obtain sufficient rigidity. This is readily done by using No. 12 hard-drawn copper wire as used for radio aerials, or other wire of suitable stiffness. Measure a piece 1″ longer than the circumference, and bend it to the original pattern. Fit the wire snugly just inside the edge of the cylinder. Mark the amount of overlap on the wire and file off the ends in a long bevel. Solder together as in Figs. 2 and 5. Make a similar reinforcing ring for the other edge.
The wire rings are fastened in place with cement made by dissolving scraps of celluloid in acetone to a syrupy consistency. Insert the ring in the cylinder and with a camel’s hair brush, as in Fig. 6, flow in the cement between the wire and the celluloid. Repeat this several times, allowing time for the cement to dry between applications until eventually the space has been filled, as shown in Fig. 3. When the cement is thoroughly dry, attach the top by laying a piece of celluloid on the table and standing the cylinder on it. Lay a board across the top and weight it sufficiently to press the lower edge of the cylinder firmly against the sheet. Flow a somewhat thinner cement into the joint between the wire reinforcing ring and the celluloid top.

Go around several times, and be sure the joint is well filled. Allow to stand an hour to harden, then trim off the surplus with a sharp knife as in Fig. 7. Sand the edge smooth with fine sandpaper. No handle is really needed, but if desired a neat handle can be made by bending sheet celluloid as in Fig. 4 and cementing on top.

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Vintage Trivets or Hot Pads to Make


Many moons ago wrought-iron trivets were commonly used by the fireplace where cooking occured.

Now a days we use them as decoration and to hold items which have come from our modern stove-tops and ovens.

Enjoy these patterns and instructions for making modern trivets / hot pads using a few vintage designs.

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Lathe Projects – candle holder, salt & pepper shakers, paper weight, toy + more (1940’s)

These are some fun, unique, items to make for your home using your lathe.  They’d  make great gifts too!

Some of the items you can make include:

  • A girl of wood that magically holds fresh flowers.
  • A fish candle holder.
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Plant Holders to Make With Your Jigsaw (1940’s)

These are really cute. When I get around to getting a new blade for my scroll saw, I just might be making a few of these to decorate my home 🙂

There’s a Peasant Girl, a Chef, a Donkey, a Sail Boat, a Mexican and a bird for flower pot holding.  And there are a few to hold individual flowers – a butterfly, a lady with flowers in her hat and hoop-skirted maiden.

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