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��Cutting Clippings from Magazines with a Pin

WHEN you lose your knife or do not have a pair of scissors at hand for cutting the paper a common pin or needle of any kind serves the purpose admirably. If it is a single sheet from which the clipping is to be removed, lay the part on another paper, hold the pin slantwise so that the point will follow around the clipping, just as if tracing its outline. Pass back over the scratch with the point in the lead and you will be surprised how smoothly the pin cuts the paper. This method can be used to good advantage by the housekeeper for cutting paper that re- quires a fairly straight line. — L. Murbach.

��Solid Board Fence with Artistic Upper Edge

THE owner of a small cottage wanted a garden in his back yard, and to pre- vent prowlers running over it at night it was necessary to have a high wall or tight board fence. To secure an artistic effect the fence was made as shown in the illustra- tion. The scal- loped edge ef- fect was obtain- ed by using boards 10 or 12 in. wide of 4 ft. 8 in. and 5 ft. lengths placed alternately. The difference in the lengths of the boards is such that the depth of the opening is less than the width, making a rectangular form of a cut-out or scallop. The boxes are also spaced evenly and fastened on the

���Ornamented square box on the fence corner

��ends of the longer boards. They are square, slightly smaller at the bottom than the top, with their height about equal to the depth of the scallop. Four sharp-pointed orna- mental side pieces were nailed on the boxes as shown, which aid in bringing out the low

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��A part of the solid board ornamental fence surrounding a corner of the rear garden

form idea. The flowers grown in these boxes are bright colored and decorative.

Within the inclosure the ground was artistically plotted, and laid out with gravel paths having wood edges. All boards were painted with whitewash or exterior water paint. — L. R. Perry.

��Rustic Furniture Made of Poles and Logs

THE illustrations on the next page show a new idea in rustic furniture. Al- most any kind of wood may be used; however, these are small tamarack poles and disks sawed from an oak tree. These disks, when made very smooth by planing and sandpapering, and then given a coat of oil and one or two coats of spar varnish, present a very fine appearance, showing the grain to the heart of the tree. The completed furniture is comfortable and handsome enough for use anywhere. Some of it is heavy, however, and when used inside, whether on a porch or in a living- room, should be fitted with casters.


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