DIY Sunday – Rocking Birds

DIY Sunday - Rocking Birds

Why should one always go for rocking horses, maybe it’s time to give
birds a go. The plans for these rocking birds was published in Popular
Mechanics’ 1945 June edition and you can download them i pdf format
by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – Picnic-Lunch Table

DIY Sunday - Picnic-Lunch Table

These plans were published in the 1945 June issue of
Popular Mechanics and you can download them
in pdf format by clicking the ivon below

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DIY Sunday – Kick-Katamaran

DIY Sunday - Kick-Katamaran

It may not look like neither the safest nor the most comfortable
of vessels, but I’m sure it will be great fun once you get it on
the water. The plans were published in the 1944 July edition
of Popular Mechanics and as usual you can download
them in pdf format by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – The Houseboat “Coolwater”

DIY Sunday - The Houseboat “Coolwater”

Again DIY Sunday bring you plans for a project that
in all honestly might take you a little longer than a
Sunday afternoon. On the other hand, a houseboat
might last you for the rest of your life.  Vacation
after vacation spent on lovely floating
living quarters you have built yourself.
And as usuall you can download the plans
for free simply by clicking the icon below

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DIY Sunday – Build a Log Cabin

DIY Sunday - Build a Log Cabin

I admit that building a log cabin this size might take
a little more than a Sunday, even a little more than a few Sundays.
But think of how proud you will feel when it is finished.
The plans were published in Popular Mechanics in 1983
and you can download them in pdf format
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

Ted
Winking smile

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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

Ted
Winking smile

Project found at modernmechanix.com

DIY Sunday – A Fifties Pivot-Top Desk

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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 – A Sturdy Ladder Chair

DIY Sunday – A Sturdy Ladder Chair

These plans was published in Popular Mechanics Magazine in the early forties and you can download them 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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DIY Sunday – Wheeled “Snack Shack”

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The plans for this nifty little sales stand was published in “Popular Mechanics” in January 1940. Great for those of you who wants to cash in on your cooking. Just pull it along to where people congregate, whether it be a sport arangemet, a summer beach or a park. The plans can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking the icon below.

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DIY Sunday – Outdoor Desk

Outdoor desk

This plan for a practical outdoor desk was published in Popular Mechanics in July 1948. The desk can be transported like a box and assembled when and where needed. Full size plans in pdf format can be downloaded by clicking the icon below.

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DIY Sunday – 1940s Dressing Table and Bench

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Text from the plans: Only ln the more expensive furniture stores could you find the equal of this distinctive modern dressing table and bench. Its appeal is based upon a. well-proportioned and simple exterior and the careful selection at wood for grain and color. A light wood such as birch, maple, or blond walnut in suitable.

Note that the drawer pulls and door handle are eliminated. This function is taken over by the beveled lower edges of the drawer fronts and the left. edge ot the dour. The groove thus formed plays an important part in producing a pattern on an otherwise severely plain piece.

This furniture has a distinct forties feel to its design and would look great in any retro inspired home. The plans was originally published in Popular Science January 1941. Download the plans in pdf format by clicking the icon below – Ted

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DIY Sunday – Small Colonial Bench

A sturdy bench was a commodity much valued in the American colonies. It provided a welcome place to rest weary legs after a long day of hard work. Most early homes enjoyed several benches.

Back then, country cabinetmakers found benches quick and easy to make, which probably explains a good deal of their popularity. Well, not much has changed in the last 250 years or so.

Today, a bench like this can still be made with a minimum of time and effort. And while it may not be as comfortable as your favorite reading chair, it offers optional service as a plant stand or portable table.

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These plans were originally published in Volume 15, Issue 5 of The Woodworker’s Journal (Sept./Oct. 1991, pages 40-41)

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