How to Make a Windmill

Make a Pinion-Wheel Windmill

How to Make a Windmill

Pinion Wheel Windmill

The Pinion-Wheel Windmill may be made of cardboard or tin. A circular piece 10 or 12 inches in di­ameter is required.

After marking out the outer edge with a compass, describe
an inner circle about 1 inch in­side of it; then draw two
lines through the center at right angles to each other, and another pair at an angle of 45 degrees t0 these. These lines are shown by the heavy radial lines in Fig. 5. One-half inch from each of these lines draw a parallel line, as indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 5.

The next thing to do is to cut out the disk, and cut along the
heavy lines just as far as the lines are shown in the dia­gram (Fig. 5), and then to bend up the blades thus sepa­rated, to an angle of about 45 degrees, bending on the second set of radial lines (dotted lines in Fig. 5).

pinion wheel windmill diagram

Figure 5 – Pinion Wheel Diagram

You had better make a cardboard pinion-wheel first, then a tin one after­ wards, as cardboard is so much easier to cut. A pair of heavy shears will be neces­sary for cutting a tin wheel, and a cold chisel for separat­ing the edges of the blades.

To Mount the Pinion-Wheel drive a long nail through the center, through the hole in a spool, and into the end of a stick. Then nail the stick to a post or a fence top.

make paper pinwheel

How to Make a Paper Pinwheel

make paper pinwheelNo mechanical toy is more interesting to make, nor more interesting to watch in operation, than a miniature paper pinwheel. It is a very simple toy to construct, and the material for making one can Read more

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Cranberry Scoop Magazine Rack

Cranberry Scoop

Cranberry Scoop Magazine Rack

Since time immemorial the cranberry pickers  have raked the berries from the vines in the cranberry bogs with wooden scoops. These same scoops are still being used for their original purpose today. On top of this, we have found a new use for them-to hold magazines and bring a breath of salt spray and authentic early American atmosphere into our living rooms.

Pine is really the only wood that should be considered for this
piece. All of the original scoops were made of pine. No other
wood will do as well for our purpose. If there are some
sound knots in it, so much the better. The back, sides, front and
bottom are all 1/2″ thick; the handle is 3/4″. The back member
will probably have to be glued up from two pieces. Make sure
the grain runs vertically to be parallel to the teeth of the rake.

As shown on the drawing, the back member, will have to be
laid out and cut to produce 18 tines. It should be noted on the
drawing that the Read more

Chef Spice Shelf to Make

Here’s a little spice shelf that any jigsaw enthusiast can produce in a hurry. As shown in the photograph, the shelf depicts a tiny chef standing in the doorway of his shop, with various spices on display in the windows.

Prepare a full-size pattern for the front piece on a sheet of paper at least 8″ x 15″ with the aid of 1/2″ graph squares. Transfer the outline to a piece of 1/4″ plywood measuring the same size as the pattern. The work of cutting this member to shape is done on the jig saw.

In order to remove the sections of stock to produce the outlines of the windows, door and chef, it will be necessary to bore a small hole within each area that is to be pierced. Through these holes the Read more

Novelty Horse Spoon Holder

This merry-go-round rack was designed for the display of six prized teaspoons or a collection of souvenir spoons. It makes a colorful little ornament for the china closet and can be lifted out bodily when desired to help decorate the tea table.

The holder is made entirely of  1/4″ plywood. For the horses, four pieces 2 3/4″ wide and 2 1/2″ long are required. Draw a full-size pattern on paper with the aid of 1/2″ squares, paste it on one piece of the plywood, nail all four to gether in the waste wood and jigsaw them to shape.

The two disks, which are 6″ in diameter, can also be cut in one operation. When this has been done, separate them and lay out and cut the notches for the spoons in one of them; also a 1/4,” x 2″ mortise in the center through which the handle can be clipped.

The central support consists of two pieces 3″ wide, one 4″ long and the other 6″ long. The smaller piece is left rectangular in shape and a notch 1/4″ x 2″ is cut in the center of one end as indicated. The other piece is jigsawed to the Read more

Pioneer Silhouette Shadow Pattern

Click on the image above to get a larger size

The Pioneer man and woman look weary from traveling across the prairie.  She is in a long dress and bonnet.  He is carrying his rifle while wearing a cowboy hat.

This silhouette pattern is great for making unique yard art, using in scrap booking, making a stamp or any of a number of uses!

Use graph paper to enlarge the pattern.  Click on the Pioneer Silhouette image to get a larger size.

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Wheel Barrel Magazine Basket

The attractive magazine basket shown in the photograph can easily be cut out and assembled by any craftsman owning a jig saw.
The sides will require two pieces of 1/4″ plywood 10″ x 12″. Since these pieces are identical in size and shape, the stock can be fastened together temporarily with 1/2″ brads so that both can be shaped at the same time. As shown in the Read more

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