294 IDEAL HOME LIFE
When buying tools from a local hardware man, or if they are sent for away from home, always ask for any catalogs or advertising material available. The manufacturing companies are constantly issuing booklets which are as good as textbooks, and which they are anxious for you to have.
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Toys by f. p. reagle
The toys described here are given first because they are usually easier to make; second, because they can be made out of small pieces of soft wood taken from store-boxes or orange-crates, and, thircl, because they will serve when painted in bright colors as Christmas presents for your brothers or sisters, or can be sold to your friends for that purpose and thus add to your fund for new tools and appliances.
The squirrel, bear, chicken and goat, Figures 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, are on wheels, and are intended to be pulled around by a string. The base in each case can be made of a piece of 1/2-inch thick wood, about 2 inches wide and of such length to suit the animal, or according to the dimensions given in the drawings, Figures 2, 3, 4. Two small strips of wood the same in length as the base, nailed to this base with just sufficient space between them to accommodate the thickness of the wood of which the animal proper is made, enable the person playing with the toy to take it apart and put it together again. The end view of the squirrel, Figure 5, will show how this double base will look.
The wheels can be made of wooden button-molds. The boy who is a good worker can also make them by sawing thin pieces from an old broomstick and boring a hole in the center.
To fasten the wheels to the base use either a short nail with a head, or a round-headed screw. Be very careful to see to it that the hole in the wheel is large enough to allow it to revolve freely.