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The stand shown in the accompanying illustration is for use with a desk telephone. The stool when not in use, slides on two runners under the stand.

Stand and Stool Complete
A shelf is provided for the telephone directory, paper, pencil, etc.

The joints may be made with dowels, or the mortise and tenon may be used, as desired. If the latter is decided upon, allowance must be made on the length of the rails for the tenons. The list given is for the dowel-made joints. The following stock list gives the amount of material needed which should be ordered planed and sanded. This work can be done by hand if the builder has the time and desires to have an entire home-made article. However, the list is given for the mill-planed material.

Details of Stand and Stool
4 posts, 1 1/2 in. square by 29 in.
2 rails, 7/8 by 5 by 11 in.
1 rail, 7/8 by 1 1/2 by 13 in.
1 rail, 7/8 by 5 by 13 in.
2 runners, 7/8 by 1 1/2 by 14 in.
1 top, 7/8 by 18 by 20 in.
1 shelf, 7/8 by 12 7/8 by 13 3/4 in.

4 posts, 1 1/2 in. square by 17 in.
4 rails, 7/8 by 4 by 6 1/2 in.
4 rails, 7/8 by 2 by 6 1/2 in.
1 stretcher, 7/8 by 4 by 7 1/4 in.
1 top, 7/8 by 12 1/2 in. square.

The exact lengths for the posts are given in the list. Should the builder desire to square them up, allowance must be made for this when ordering stock.

Arrange all the pieces in the position they are to occupy in the finished stand and stool and number all the joints. Locate the centers and bore holes for all the dowels. Assemble the two sides of the table first. Notch the runners and fasten them to the posts with flat-head screws. Use hot glue on the dowel joints if possible.

Cut the corners out of the shelf to fit the legs and assemble the frame of the table. Use round-head screws through the rails to hold the shelf. The top may be fastened in two ways, with screws through cleats on the inside of the rails and under the top, or with screws slanting through the upper part of the rails and into the top as shown. The stool is assembled in the same manner as the stand.

The stand and stool should be finished to harmonize with the furniture and woodwork of the room in which they are to be used.

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Secure a piece of steel about 1/4 in. thick, 13/4 in. wide and 8 in. long. Drill various sized holes through the steel as shown in Fig. 1, leaving the edge of each hole as sharp as the drill will make them. Cut off a block of wood the length necessary

for the dowels and split it up into pieces about the size for the particular dowel to be used. Lay the steel on something flat, over a hole of some kind, then start one of the pieces of wood in the proper size hole for the dowel and drive it through with a hammer, as shown in Fig. 2. The sharp edges on the steel will cut the dowel as smooth and round as if it were turned in a lathe.

Easy Way to Make Dowels


Medicine Cabinet Complete

This cabinet is best made of quarter-sawed oak, as this wood is the most easily procured and looks well when finished. Order the stock from the mill ready cut to length, squared and sanded. The following pieces will be needed:

4 posts, 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 by 28 in.
4 side rails, 3/4 by 2 by 16 in.
4 end rails, 3/4 by 2 by 7 in.
2 door rails, 3/4 by 2 by 15 in.
2 door rails, 3/4 by 2 by 22 3/4 in.
1 door panel, 1/4 by 11 1/2 by 19 1/4 in.
1 bi.ck panel, 1/4 by 15 1/2 by 23 1/4 in.
2 end panels, 1/4 by 6 1/2 by 23 1/4 in.
2 pieces for top and bottom, 1/2 by 6 3/4 by 15 3/4 in.

Square the four posts and bevel the tops as shown. Cut grooves in them with a plow plane to receive the 1/4 in. panels. The tenons on the rails are cut 1/4 in. wide and fit into the grooves in the posts the same as the panels. The rails have grooves cut at the inside edges for the panels. The front posts do not have grooves on the inside but have two mortises, one at each end for the top and bottom rails. The back has a panel fitted in the same as the ends. See that the pieces fit together perfecly square and tight, then glue them together and give it time to dry.

The top and bottom boards are next put in place. The top is placed in the center of the top rails while the bottom is put even with the lower edge of the bottom rails, as shown in the detail drawing. The door frame is mitered at the corners and rabbeted on the inner edge to take the panel. A mirror can be used in place of the panel if desired. Suitable hinges and a catch, which can be purchased at a hardware store, should be supplied for the door.

The shelves are of soft wood and are to be arranged to suit the maker. Before applying a finish, go over the cabinet with fine sandpaper and remove all the surplus glue about the joints and the rough spots, else the finish will not take evenly. The finish can be any one of the many different kinds supplied by the trade for this purpose.

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