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��A stool with a board to hold the milk-pail

��A Simple Home- Made Milking- Stool MIE illustration shows a very easily-made milk- ing-stool, which re- quires merely a few boards and some sticks. The sticks are used for the legs. Half way from the seat of the stool to the floor, a hoard is nailed, ruiming parallel to the floor. This supports the board which holds the milk-pail. The pail board is held in place by two braces on the bottom of the legs. A board is then needed under the legs for holding the bottom of the braces. This is a satisfac- tory and practical article for the farm boy to make.

Make Your Own Lazy-Betty

A LAZY-BETTY is a revolving affair placed in the center of the dining table to facilitate service when no maid is employed. The ones which are pur- chased are usually circular. Here is how one was made:

The top was an octagon 20 ins. across the diagonal. One of the unused extra leaves of the dining table furnished the material. The table was 54 ins. in diameter, and the e.xtra leaf was thus 12 ins. wide by 54 ins. long, furnishing ample material. The base was a similar octagon, 10 ins. on the diagonal. A simple cast brass socket with steel stud furnished the connecting link.

The octagon is a figure of eight equal sides. By laying out a circle 20 ins. in diameter, drawing two diameters at right angles, and bisecting these angles again, the points are found. A similar procedure with a lo-in. circle lays out the base. The edges were carefully jointed with a fine-set plane. Then saw cuts were made as follows: 1-2-3-4-5, to produce the two pieces for the top. The cuts for the base arc obvious. The top was fitted, and when contact was secured, it was glued and clamped.

Two stout cleats were nailed on an old table top about 24 ins. apart. Two sets of wedges were made, the matched joint was coated with glue, a piece of paper was laid on the table so the glue

��would not stick, and the top was wedged uj:, as shown. A heavy weight was placed on it to prevent l)uckling and the job was set aside for 48 hours.

In the meantime the base was cut out and furnished, a small hole, 1/16 in., drilled on its center, and the castings for the turntable were taken in hand.

The steel pin fitting the tapers was turned true and fitted to the upper casting and pinned. The lower casting

���Constructional details of the self-server. The board holding the dishes is mounted on a revolving pin in the center of the table

was ground with powdered emery on to the steel pin until it turned as smooth as glass, and the two castings almost touched. Three holes for flat head brass screws were drilled in each casting and countersunk. A manila paper washer dipped in oil and coated with a graphitic compound was placed to pre- vent the taper pin from seizing in the lower bearing, and the castings were screwed to the top and bottom octagons, carefully centered. This was accom- plished by means of the small hole previously drilled in the center of both top and bottom, the screw holes being laid out exactly with dividers both on the wood and the castings. The newly- cut edges were then dyed and waxed to agree with the finish of the table and the job was complete.

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