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Popular Science Monthly

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��An Adjustable High and Low Stool for the Typesetter

A J OB printer who preferred to be seated while setting up type and yet did not relish the inconvenience of jumping off and on a high stool to reach

���Two heights for the seat are obtained by merely giving the top a slight turn

the lower drawers, solved the problem with the adjustable stool illustrated.

To make it, four stool tops are fast- ened together with four floor-pipe flanges, one cross, and four pieces of pipe, all yi in. in diameter. Both pairs of pipes are cut and threaded to the same length, two for the high stool and two for the low, the two former being of such length as to make the stool about 24 ins. high and the other pair making one 14 ins.

The flanges are screwed to the under- side of the stool tops in the center and the pipe screwed into them. The cross is interposed in the center. When chang- ing from one position to the other it is only necessary to give the stool one- quarter turn and a different height is obtained.

��An Easy Way to Remove Old Varnish or Paint

TO properly refinish a piece of old furniture the surface of the wood must be cleaned so that it will present a new and clean appearance. The old varnish must be removed and the wood sanded down and made like a new piece of timber. The most difficult part of the work is to remove the old varnish.

��Many patented varnish removers are on the market, but where there is just a little work to be done it does not pay to purchase a full can of the liquid. Varnish may be removed by coating the surface with a very hot solution of strong glue, applied thin, and allowing the job to stand over night. The next day the varnish will be found hanging in flakes, and just a little rubbing with fine sandpaper will make the surface clean, leaving nothing but the wood showing. It is then ready to be prepared for the new coat of varnish.

��Sliding Exhibit Tray for a Show- Case Top

A JEWELER having a number of long show-cases of the all-glass variety, wished to keep the tops as free from scratches as possible and yet give plenty of free space for showing the goods within the case. He accomplished his purpose by using the sliding tray shown in the illustration. The tray was mounted on a board extending from the front edge of the case to the back. The entire affair was made of light material about ^ in. thick, and was constructed of solid mahogany to match the wall fixtures. At the ends of the board and on the underside were fastened two cleats to extend slightly down over the glass top edge. Just back of these pieces and on the underside were glued strips of felt so that the weight of the entire tray and board rested only on the edges of the show-case top.

Within the tray was pasted a square of green baize cloth to give it added neatness. The tray may be made round, square or rectangular, as desired. When

���The sliding tray provides a place to show jewelry without laying it on the glass

in position on the case top it can be slid along to any place where it is to be used in showing the goods, or it can be lifted entirely from the case and set aside.

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