DIY Sunday – Racing Razor Blade Iceboat

Razor Blade Iceboat

Razor blades, box wood, and an old flour sack are the materials used in building this simple, fast and sure sailing iceboat. Balanced so that she will sail herself in all winds not strong enough to tip her, it will be found that this style boat is the answer to those boys who have often tried to make a workable miniature iceboat, only to find that the balance was wrong, that the thing was too heavy, or that it would not steer.

If there is still ice on the lakes and ponds around your neck of the woods you can make this nifty toy for your kids or yourself in a couple of hours. Click the icon below to download the plans published in the 1929 January edition of Popular Mechanix in pdf.

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DIY Sunday – Four Novel Toys You Can Make With Rubber Balloons


These drawings show the construction of four novel toys made from circus balloons that will prove highly fascinating. Fill the balloon with hydrogen and attach to it a postcard bearing your name, and a request to return it from whatever point it falls to earth. Thus you can learn in what direction and how far it travels. Another balloon, equipped with a gondola will float in the air like a wartime captive dirigible. The aerial torpedo which zips up through the air is made by affixing fins to an air-filled balloon. The unique air boat cuts through the water under power of air exhaust from blown up balloon.

These ideas was published in the 1932 January edition of “How To Make It” and if you would like to treat yourself or your kids to some inexpensive retro fun you can download a larger version of the ideas by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – Build a Basement Golf Course

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Popularity of miniature golf has brought the game right into the basement in the form of a knockdown course that can be picked up and stored away almost as easily as you would a game of croquet. It’s an exciting game the whole family can enjoy the year round from the youngsters on up to the avid golfer who will find it good practice in keeping his putting eye keen. Standard putters and irons are used and scoring is done as in real golf, penalties being counted as strokes.

As for space, most basements, especially those with compact heating units, will accommodate the “concentrated” nine-hole course pictured in the illustration above, but, where there’s only a minimum of space, a lot of fun can be had from a much smaller course. As each green is complete in itself and lightweight, the course can be quickly set up. Most of the greens are fairly shallow to permit stacking them in little space when not in use – By Allan Carpenter

These plans which were featured in the 1950 June edition of Popular Mechanics can be downloaded by clicking the icon below.
And remember if your basement is too small for this project,
your garden may not be

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DIY Sunday – Washtub Bass

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A bass violin is something you’re not likely to have around the house. Yet the beat of such an instrument adds rhythm to any musical get-together. Here’s one to make that will produce deep, boomy tones comparing favorably with the real thing.

Install an eyebolt at the bottom center of a galvanized tub. Cut two 8-in. legs from electrical conduit and bolt them in place so that they raise the edge of the tub about 3-1/2 inches. Add rubber tips and tape on the edges of the tub to prevent scratches.

Cut a broomstick to about 46 inches in length, install an eyebolt about 5 inches from one end and notch the other end. Smooth the edges of the notch to prevent splitting when the stick is used on the bottom edge of the tub.

The string may be wire, twine or plastic-covered nylon clothesline. Tie it between the two eyebolts and you’re in business.

Take the position shown in the lead picture and strum with a pick or by grasping the string between the thumb and the knuckle of the index finger. A change in tone occurs when the body is moved to change string tension.

This plan was published in the 1955 November issue of Mechanix Illustrated and can be downloaded by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – Chairside Magazine Rack

DIY Sunday - Chairside Magazine Rack

A flashback from before television ruled our evenings and magazines were our source entertainment in the after dinner easy chair. This plan was published in the 1940 March issue of Popular Mechanics and you can download it by clicking the icon below.

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Kitchen Chair Sled

Kitchen Chair Sled

If you got an old kitchen chair up in the attic and a pair of old preferably wooden skis you can make this chair sled in a couple of hours. My dad made me one when I was a kid and I had a lot of fun with it. Get to it, there’s a lot of winter left yet.

I would suggest that you place the chair closer to the front of the skis than on these plans, it gives the one pushing more room to stand on the skis when going down hill. My dad did

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DIY Sunday – 3 Smart Benches

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The Recipereminiscing’s DIY Sunday projects stays in the early forties for another week. This set of nifty benches can be yours with a couple of hour’s work in the workshop. The five page plans can be downloaded in pdfformat by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – Circular Night Table

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This nifty night table is as a lot of the previous projects have been from Popular Mechanics Magazine’s 1940 editions. You can download the plans in pdf format py clicking the icom below.

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DIY Sunday -The Latest Dressing Table With Bench To Match

The Latest Dressing Table With Bench To Match

I owe you to mention that this dressing table was the latest fashion back in the early forties, but if you are fascinated by the styles from that periode this might be just the project for you. The plans was published in Popular Mechanics Magazine in 1940 and you can download the plans in pdf format by clicking the icom below – Ted

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DIY Sunday – Hostess Tray on a Folding Stand

DIY Sunday – Hostess Tray on a Folding Stand

These plans were published in Popular Mechanics in 1941 and you can download them in pdf format by clicking the icon below.
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DIY Sunday – A Fifties Pivot-Top Desk

Pivot-Top Desk

These plans by Harold Hudspeth are from “Home Workshop Handbook” published in the early fifties and you can download the plans in PDF format by clicking the icon below – Ted

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DIY Sunday – Fold Away End Table

Fold Away End Table

This plan for a fold-away end table was published in Popular Science in August 1041 and youcan download it in pdf format by clicking the icon below.

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DIY Sunday – Build a Modern Desk

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How about a neat desk in the strict design of the early post WWII era.
Plans published in Popular Science April 1950 in pdf format
can be downloaded by clicking the icon below.

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DIY Sunday – Early American Storage Chest

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Download the plans in pdf format by clicking the icon below

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The Christmas Recipes – Part 11

The Christmas Recipes – Part 11

Christmas Porridge / Julegrøt
Christmas Porridge / Julegrøt

Christmas Paper Hearts / Julekurver
Christmas Paper Hearts / Julekurver