Table Top Bowling Alley Plans

Table Top Bowling Alley Plans

Table Top Bowling Alley Plans

Check out this nifty little bowling alley from the 1940’s.

Complete with little wooden bowler & pins.

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Build this Kid’s Pool and Sand Box Combo

Kid's Pool and Sand Box Plans Grandfather built me a sand box but it sure was not this elaborate!

Compact and complete, this back-yard summer resort for small children includes a wading pool, sand-box, and shelves on which to put away boats, pails, and beach balls. Removable awnings protect against sunburn and on cloudy days are stored beside the tiny “cottage”.

General dimensions are given, but the size may be increased, if desired. Skids 9 ft. 6 in. long permit moving the “beach” from one spot to another.

The sand-box floor is tongue-and-groove material. For the tank, use 3/4 by 10-in. boards with squared edges. Candle wicking is laid in marine glue along each edge before the next board is drawn up tight, and it is also used at the sides and comers, where triangular cleats are nailed or screwed down over the calking. Bear in mind that marine glue is not casein glue; each has its purpose and each is excellent for that purpose. A sketch shows how the candle wicking is laid.

The central “cottage” is constructed as indicated in the cutaway perspective. The partition is important as it prevents water from being splashed over into the sand and sand being tracked into the pool. Also, toys can be kept in order on the shelves.

All sharp corners and edges should be rounded. The hardware should be galvanized. or very thoroughly painted.  Brass screws are best for the water tank. An effective paint combination would be a dark green exterior for the sand-box and pool; a lighter green for the cottage, with a red  roof; and bright yellow for the inside.

Original Source: Popular Science, April 1939 (click here to get your copy).

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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