Perhaps you have
seen type trays with many small compartments hung on a wall in someone's home.
People often place some interesting object in each of the many cubbyholes.
I have seen these type trays for sale at flea markets for $15 to $20. The
trays originally were used to hold type letters used in printing. You can
make a similar tray from cardboard to display small objects such as an
interesting rock, a valued penknife, an unusual small container or any other
thing you wish to display.
This project requires
patience. It will likely take several hours of your time. But it may take
a week to complete because you may need to wait many times as glue dries.
If you are using white glue it is best to tilt the tray so the glue settles
in the joints you are gluing at the time. When that glue is dry tilt the
tray so other joints can be glued.
I used two pizza
boxes for cardboard. Cut the lid from one of the boxes. Use which ever half
of the box that seems most suitable as the main part of the cubby box. To
improve the tray's appearance, you may want to use another piece of cardboard
to cover the inside bottom of the box. That way a stain can be covered or
an attractive logo (name or picture) of the pizza shop can be made visible.
You can cut the flanges (narrow edge pieces) off one of the halves so that
you have a flat piece, cut it to size so that it fits inside the other box
half, apply glue and use weights on top to hold it together until the glue
Scissors are safest
for cutting the cardboard but a very sharp utility or hobby knife tends to
bend/crease the cardboard less. If you use any type of knife be sure to follow
this rule. Never push the knife toward any part of your body. The knife can
suddenly move easier than you expect. You don't have time to ease up on pushing
and the knife moves fast and much farther than you want it to. That can happen
so quickly that you don't stop pushing until after you have given yourself
a bad cut. If you are under 12 years old get an older person to do the cutting
Cut 6 or 7 strips of cardboard long enough and wide enough
to use as shelves inside the cubby box. Then cut shorter pieces that will
hold the shelves in place. Try to get all the short pieces the same length
so the shelves will be straight. Tie a piece of string to a thick rubber
band. Run the string around the box and tie it to the rubber band again so
the rubber band is stretched and so holds the string tight. That pushes in
the edges of the box enough so the short cardboard pieces can be squeezed
between the shelves and so held in place until they can be glued. If the
last short piece in each column isn't the right length, just cut that last
piece shorter or cut a new one that is longer. The string also acts as a
guide so all the short pieces can be in a nice looking straight line. Use
a rubber band and string for each column of short pieces. Space the columns
2 to 3 inches apart. The box will look okay if the columns are all somewhat
different distances apart. That way the larger cubbyholes will hold the larger
Glue all the places
where there are joints: where shelves or short pieces touch each other, where
they touch the bottom of the box and where they touch the flanges of the
box. Finally take a piece of string about 6 inches long and fold it into
a U shape. Glue the straight parts of the U to the back (behind surface) of
the box so the bottom of the U is up. That makes a loop that can later be
put over of nail to hang the cubby box on the wall. Glue one loop near
the left edge and another loop near the right edge. Having two loops keeps
the box hanging straight.
I suppose everyone has some desire to be a whole lot bigger. Walking on stilts
is a bit like an instant size boost and is an impressive stunt that challenges
balance and coordination. If the stilts will be used by children under 10
years old, use two pieces of 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch by 4 foot pine or fir. Use
thicker, stronger and longer poles for larger people. For most people of
medium size 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 may be okay if it has no knots, cross grain, or
other weaknesses and you don't use the stilts to boost your height more than
The platforms where you put
your feet can be made by cutting a 6 inch long 2 by 4 block diagonally to
give 2 right triangles each with a 3 1/2 inch side and a 6 inch side.
Drill a 5/16 hole parallel to the 3 1/2
inch side and maybe 1 1/2 inches from it.
Drill another 5/16 hole through the pole
6 or 12 inches from one end. Attach the platform to the pole with a 5/16
bolt, nut and washer. Drive a 6d nail (about 2 inches long) into the platform
where it is 3/4 inch or so thick to keep the platform from pivoting around
the bolt. If you don't have a drill and are using a soft wood like fir, the
platforms can be attached with a couple of 3 inch drywall screws. Large nails
could be used but it will be more difficult to change the position of the
It is probably best for
beginners to place the platform as low as possible on the pole. The platform
can be raised 3 to 6 inches at a time as the user's skill level increases.
If you live within
easy walking distance of a small lake you may want to build this project.
A sketch of the model boat appears at the bottom of this page. You will need
a saw, scissors, duct tape, string, a large plastic bag, six empty plastic
soda bottles and wood. Also helpful are a couple of six penny nails (about
2 inches long), a serrated edge knife and a hammer.
here are for a model boat with a mast about 42 inches tall. Use a shorter
mast and smaller sail if it will be used in a breeze. Otherwise the boat
will tip over. 3 liter soda bottles are used for the hulls. Use 2 liter or
1 liter bottles for smaller sized boats. First cut the top and bottom off
of 2 bottles. Use a sawing motion with a serrated edge knife to make a slit
and finish with a scissors. Make a lengthwise cut the full length of each
of the resulting tubes. Insert the bottom end of two more bottles each halfway
into a split tube. This connects the two bottles bottom to bottom. Wrap duct
tape around the assembly with half the tape's width on an end of the tube
and half on one of the bottles. Do the same for the other end. That completes
one of the hulls. Repeat the process to make the second hull.
of tree branches can be used to build the rest of the boat. A diameter
of about an inch will do nicely. You will need 2 pieces each 24 inches long,
2 pieces each 42 inches long and 2 pieces about 30 inches long. One of the
30 inch pieces will go along the bottom of the sail. It serves to keep the
sail straight. That piece can be narrower than one inch. To help decrease
sliding of the pieces of the boat, shallow notches can be sawed into the
wood where one piece is connected to another piece or is connected to a bottle.
Lay the two hulls
parallel to each other and about 22 inches apart. Place one of the 24 inch
pieces so its ends rest on the necks of two bottles. Lash the stick to the
hull by wrapping the junction tightly with string. If you are using thin
string or fishing line, use about 8 feet for each joint. In the same manner
put the other 24 inch piece at the other end of the hulls.
Cross a 30 inch
piece and a 42 inch piece so they touch at the middle of the 30 and two inches
from one end of the 42. If you have a hammer and a six penny nail drive the
nail through the two pieces. If not lash them together securely. These two
pieces will be the mast (42 inches) and the sail yard (30 inches). Cross the
free end of the mast and the other 42 inch piece (which we will call the center
beam). They should touch about 1 1/2 inches from the end of the mast and
18 inches from one end of the center beam. The sail yard should be at a right
angle to the center beam. That is they should appear to cross each other
if you look down at them from above with the mast upright. Drive a six penny
nail through that connection. Lash the joint with string whether or not you
use a nail. Next place the center beam so it crosses at the center
of both 24 inch pieces. About 8 inches of center beam should extent at each
end beyond the 24 inch pieces. Lash the joints.
To make the mast
rigid heavy string is run from near the top of the mast to each of the hull
ends. Begin by running the end of a piece of cord around both a bottle end
and the 24 inch cross piece. Tie the end of the cord. Run the cord up to
and around the mast just above the yard. Knot the cord there so it
won't slip. Continue that same length of cord to one of the other hull ends
and tie it there. Run a second cord in a similar manner using the remaining
two hull ends. Try to end up with the mast straight up and down and all the
heavy cord tight enough not to sag. To make the yard rigid, again tie a string
end to the junction of a hull end and a cross beam. Run the string up to
and around a yard end and then down to a hull end. Then do the same thing
on the other side of the boat. To keep the string from slipping along the
yard either cut a notch into the yard or drive in a small nail or tack.
Finally add the sail. Wrap the end of a string around the corner of a garbage bag. Use that
string to tie that corner to one end of the yard. Tie the bag to the other
end of the yard. Use the remaining stick tied in the same way to the bottom
of the sail to keep the sail properly presented to the wind. Later you may
add a kneel to the center beam to improve the boats tracking: perhaps a piece
of aluminum siding, a couple of car license plates or even old phonograph
If you often find it annoying to remove boots as you enter the house, this project
is for you. The bootjack makes the task easier especially if the boots are
tight fitting or you are carrying something so that your hands are not free.
Begin with a 3/4 inch thick board that is about 2 feet long and 6 inches
wide. Cut a V shaped notch in one end. Use nails to attach a small piece
of wood to keep the notched end raised above the floor. Keep the bootjack
outside by the door where you most often enter wearing boots. Put one foot
on the jack to hold it in place. Put the heel of the other foot in the notch
and pull your foot out of the boot.
Homemade Devices For Inventive Teens.
How to make things using household items.
Especially for those about 12 to 16 years old.