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292                          IDEAL HOME LIFE
date tools, the worker will find that a tool-chest of the wall-cabinet variety will be a most convenient help in storing out of the dust and dampness the many tools and supplies not needed quite so frequently as those placed in the tool-rack but which should be convenient of access at any time. Such a cabinet should be hung on the wall over the back of the work-bench or somewhere near, so that it can be reached with­out taking more than a step or two.
This cabinet, which can be made of an old packing-case, will hold all the things which the worker wants under lock and key when not in his laboratory. A convenient size is 12 inches deep, 22 inches wide, and 30 inches long. If made with two or three drawers, about 3 inches deep in the bottom part of the cabinet, it will accommodate a good stock of nails, screws, and brads. A good arrangement is to partition off one or both of these drawers into small compartments, say 2 inches or 3 inches each way. The inside of the door and also the back and sides of such a cabinet, when hung on the wall, will afford hanging space for many tools. Each tool should have its own nails, or nails to hang from or to lay on. To arrange things this way will take a little time, but the worker will save time later by not being compelled to search for the tool wanted.
An assembly table can consist of any discarded table or. boards on horses or large packing-case, and will be convenient in putting together many of the coming problems. This method of work will allow the top of work-bench to be free for tool operations, such as planing, boring, etc.
By this time the boy worker is no doubt wondering where the materials mentioned thus far can be procured and what they will cost. The wood mentioned in the description of the work-bench is what is known as "stock" lumber, and should be secured at any lumber yard which deals in building ma­terials.
The tool-chest, if made of a selected packing-case, need cost the boy nothing but a little effort in soliciting the box. If made of %-inch planed pine shelving 12 inches wide, it can be made at small cost.
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