TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1951 BLYTHKVILLR (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE MIKE HOUR HOME Unpainted, Knocked-Down Furniture Is Shortcut to Installing Built-Ins tt| easy chort-cut toward iauall- uijtailt-itis i»i a home is often offered by mipainted and knocked- do«-n furniture. You can save a lot of space with built-iiis, such as chests of drawers, dressers, vanities, bookcases, desks. And when you can find unpaintcd furniture to fit the place where you plan a built-in, your Job' 1% simplified to finishing only. The popularity, of unfinished furniture has been one of (he'surprises of the retail trade in recent years. Because of rising labor costs, many manufacturers have found it. passi- ble to speed up production by elitii- , in at ing the finishing processes. The result U that furniture of remarkably good quality can now be ob- 1 tftined in dismantled, or at least uripalnted state. ; Th« woods used in' such furni- j ? ture range from soft pine through hickory, birch, maple and other I hardwoods. Usually you can banSc 1 on th* label. The Federal Trade Commission requires that anything tagged *'«olid" mahogany Cor wal- ftut, etc., means that all exposed •urfacw arc of that wood. When the tag read* "genuine" mahogany (etc.) It means that the. legs, posts and other members of the frame "A. while larger areas, side i panels, may b* veneers of Each type ol wood calls (or some- , what different treatment in finishing if ycu want a beautiful Job. Of course, you can buy a can of quick drying enamel and paint cheap shelves, or you can experiment with various jack-of-all-trades tricks One woman told me she obtained unusual finishes by using shoe polish—black", tan or russet—with a final coat of wax. But if you want a professional 'appearing job" ' you'tl follow the methods of famous cabinet makers, Gordon Obrig, a national authority on wood and wood finishes, contends that amateurs often can get finer finishes than many manufacturers because they have the time to spare and the will to care. Obrig stresses preparation as one of the most important phases of ihe Job; Ycu can't get a satiny finish without thorough sanding. No. CO sandpaper should be used. Sand with the grain and dust and wipe thoroughly aftewartis. Washing soft wocds will raise the grain, after which it can be sanded again. Shellac U widely recommended as a washcoat to seal wood and prevent resin from bleeding through, It brings out the natural beauty of the grain. "If you want to match wood, such ai in repairing furniture," Obrig iftys, stain it first with a stain ol MID-SOUTH FAIR FA*GftOUNO$ . . . MEMPHIS. TENNESSH the proper color. Then apply thin coats of shellac when the slain is completely dry. A thin coat ol shellac means * one-pound cut. Only pure white shellac should be used, If the can you buy Is. marked four-pound cut it will call for the addition o! twice as much high grade de-natured alcohol to reduce it to a one-pound cut. Close grained woods with f e w pores, such as sugar maple, are best treated with a washcoat of a one- pound cut of shellac. Woods of medium porosity, such as African mahogany common in medium grade furniture, call for a one-antl- a-half-pound cut. Woods with open pores — oak, ash, cypress—take a two to two-and-a-half-pound cut Maple, birch and beech are In the medium porosity class. "Badly worn wood," Obrig says, "should have the old finish removed down to the raw wood before refinfshmg. Then rub down carefully with medium and fine sandpaper. Make sure the finish 1* smcoth before starting the next operation. After stain is applied and dry, sandpaper lightly and brush clean. Two or three coats of thin white shellac can then be applied with a fine brush. When dry, rub the final coat will) No. 00 steel woo! or fine sandpaper and wax." ' A superior wax always carries its percentage of carnuba on the label Cheap waxes can do more harm than good. Commercial wood fillers in the color desired are used for open pore woods—oak, ash and cypress The filler always is rubbed across the grain with steel wool or rough burlap. Water stains are easy to apply and preserve the grain. tn brushing sheltac, dip the brush little more than one-third the length of its bristles, then draw it across a wire or can edge to remove surplus. Brush with the grain and to the edge to prevent gripping over the edge. Avoid .overlapping. Farmers Soybean Corporation, John Caudill, agent, to build a oncrete grain elevator on North Fourth Street at a cast of «|33,500. Chester Quails, to build a 3-room rame residence on Dixie Street'at cost of »i,000 and * 4-room rame residence on East Rose Street at a cost of 51,000. S. Jiede). to build a 6-room brick residence on West Heatn at a cost of $15.000. LIGHT AND AIRY—This workshop area In the kitchen of a/new home is designed both for step-saving efficiency and reducing clean-up chores to a bare minimum. Glass block panels, like' tile surfaces and wainscotiin, can be kept spotless with the mere swipe of a damp cloth. A "daylighted" splashboard, this panel of translucent glass block also cuts off a close-up view ol a neighboring house, doe-sn't frost or steam up, and never needs painting. Tips on How to Buy Saw Given For Handyman Around House Rare Is the man who can live i This grip will steer the saw in a In a house for any length of time straight line. With the other hand without needing at least one saw. ' hold the board you are cutting and The patent office In Washington says there i* a patent for a cow- tail-holder, a device which is clamped to the animal's leg to keep the .tail out of the farmer's face as he milks. Real Estate LOANS • Commercial • Residential , • Farm Best Service—Best Terms TERRY Abstract & Realty Co. 213 Walnut Phone 2381 Worth STEAK To be given for a limited tfme with each purchase of a 13 cubic foot COLDSPOT FREEZER Offer Begins Stpt. 10th and lasts through S«pt. 15th, 195! $31950 $49 Down and $17 a month on Stars Easy Payment Plan Com. in Joday-w, how you can iav. mo!?ey .very »j m ,l you buy food. St. America 1 * Iar 8 .it selling freezer-Coldtpof. CCA DC JlHK) 106 East Main Street Blytheville—Phone 8131 Shelves must be put up; a crooked sapling may have to be cut down, and often there is an attic to be finished. These are among jobs that any of us are likely to tackle for the fun of it if not because of the expense of hiring things done nowadays. So you want to buy a saw. Your hardware dealer probably will assume that you want a genera] purpose crosscut saw, but he might ask you if you want a rip saw, hacksaw, bucksaw, compass saw, keyhole saw, coping saw, power saw, or any number ol other saws. So it's a good idea to know something about saws. • • • For instance, if the cleric asks you "What number?" you won't want to answer "Oh. one will be enough." He will be referring to the points per inch. You'll find that ripsaws, fr cutting down with the grain,- have large coarse teeth—usually 5-1/2 points to the inch. Crosscut saws, as their name implies, for cutting across the grain, have finer teeth. A good nil around household crosscut saw has 8 points or more per Inch. The 8-point saw Is a good fast cutter. A 10 or 12-polnt saw will do finer work, but calls for more elbow grease. When you get Into the hobby of making furniture or installing built-! ins In your home you'll find that' cabinet work requires a backsaw. This is a shorter stubby tool with a rigid metal molding along the top edge of Its blade. This stiff back and the fine teeth of the backsaw make for smooth and accurate work. These saws range from 8 to H inches in ength with 12 to 16 points to the nch. Most commonly used, however. Is th« 12-inch lisa with H point* to the Inch. Ai with all fine tools, a saw should only be used for the purpose for which It is designed. Don't expect a crosscut saw to serve as a ripsaw or vice versa, or—perish the thought —to cut through a nail! ' . • • • Any saw li essentially a series of fine chisels. The teeth are designed and sharpened to gouge out small particles of wood. They are set—that is. bent outward alternately to one side and the other—to leave a kerf, or cut. slightly wider than the thickness of the blade. This prevents the saw from binding. If the teeth are not set evenly, bent out at same angle on each side, the saw will tend t run out of line. If the "teeth are not jointed properly—that Is. evened to a uniform height for the entire length of the blade—the saw will tend to jump in its kerf. To use a crosscut saw properly grip the handle firmly with thumb and index finger pointing down the blade on each side of the handle. Building Permits Few Doctors Trained MONTREAL Wy—Medical faculty officials at McGIII University report a continued demand for medlca! training but lack of facilities for expansion. The officials say onl> 116 of 2.000 applicants can be admitted to the University. Dutside Door To Basement Is Safety Hint Access U> the cellar from outside he house is particularly desirable, low that basemetUs are being used so widely (or recreation rooms »nd iviiiK quarters. Safety demands a lecond exit in case of fire. Slairs leading directly to the yard ilso eliminate the necessity of carrying tools, ashes and rubbish through the house. Steps and bulkheads cm be In stalled at relatively little expeme and will soon prove well worth the cost. Read Courier News Classified Ads let the thumb of- this hand touch the blade above the teeth to guide (he start. Don't try to start wljh a downward stroke, but draw the-savv upward several times—slowly; to avoid jumping. Violation of 'tlif rule Invites a stashed thumb. Ne^'er try to saw down the cente of a line you" have measured off You have to allow for the thicknes of the kerf, so cut carefully on thi waste side of the Hhe. Saw with E\.. much of the length of the blade as passible. Using only the middle part of the saw wears the teeth unevenly and calls for a rejointlng job much sooner than necessary. For the best results, hold a cross- jut saw at an angle of 45 degrees from the surface of your work—a ripsaw at 60 degrees. You'll notice that ft crosscut saw cute on both the up and down strokes. This Is because of the angle at which the teeth are filed. The front edge of a crosscut tooth has an angle of 15 degrees, the back edge 45 degrees, making a total of 60 degrees. The ripsaw tooth presents a much straighten face to the wood, with Its 60 degree angle divided 8 degrees for the front and 52 degrees for the back. It cuts on the down stroke only. / : Always keep your saw wiped with oil and then wiped fairly dry. A good *aw can last you a lifetime if you give it the right care. Hang .it by its handle in * safe place where children will not bump against it. Real Estate Transfers Telpher B. and Lorene B. Wilson to Magnolia Courts. Inc.. for 510 and other valuable considerations: Lot 14 of Block D ot John Walker's Second Subdivision of Blytheville. Mrs. Annie Tucker to Rayon «nd Raye Ledbetter. for $400: a part of the south half of tlie NWM of SWM of Section «-T15-RU lying south of highway. Carl R. and Mary J. Long to Howard and Mayme Hack, for S10 and othe rvahiable considerations: Lot 5 of Block 8 of Country Club Addition to Blytheville. J. R. and Mary K. Marr to Cecil and Hazel Earls, for $20.000: Lot 1 of Block 3 of Country Club Addition to Blytheville. Wiley and Aireen Smith to H. J. and Violet Mangrilm, for $39,000: all of the NE'i or the SW'.i and all of the north half of the SW'l of Section 12-TH-R8. W. C. and Roxie Gates to Cecil and Bessie Langford, for H15. Lot 9 of Block 2 of Elliott Addition to Blytheville. Nelson and Kathleen Henry to E C. Barton »nd Company for exchange of land: the north 15 fee of Lot 4 of Block D of Nelson' Addition to Leachvllle. E. C. Barton and Company t< Nelson and Kathleen Henry, to $500 and other valuable consider* tions: the south as feet of Lot S o Block D of Nelson's Addition Leachville. GOOD PLUMBING Does Your Family Have It? Do all enjoy the convenience of hot water at the sink,'lavatory and tub and the pleasure of indoor toilet facilities? Down and the balance monthly or in annual fall payments show how easily we can equip your home with modern plumbing or heal- >rnr. Act now whil« Equipment Is Available! E C.ROBINSON LUMBER CO. Blytheville, Ark. Real Service Whatever kind of car jron drlie, you're Invited to brlnj It U II for expert, dollar-uvlnc Mrvlcc. Trj us. T. I. SEAY MOTOR GO. Chrjriler-Pljmoiith D»ter Kl E. Main Phone 2m Inmate Is at Horn* In New York Priion MINNEAPOLIS </]>>-An Inmate of the Oreenhaven. N. Y. prison ap parently is planning to make his stay a pleasant one. He wrote Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company, requesting free copy of a new booklet, "How to Modernize for Comfort." Copra and teakwood are among the products or the Indian State of Travancore. Tim* /i On Hand' DBS MOINES (If, — No matter which way he looks when he swlng« In his swivel chair, N. F. Reed, clerk of the U.S. district court, c»n t*H the dale at a glance. He hu 17 calendars ot all sizes on the »•»!!» of hU office In the federal building. Prompt S«rvic« Expert Service Experienced Service 109 N. First Phone 2731 Storms are ahead! This is Re-Roofing Tune See The New Colors In Certain-Teed Thick-Butt Shingles "Millerited for Longer Life" Ask About Our Budget Plan E. C. Robinson Lumber Co. "Friendly Building Service Ph. 4551 Blytheville, Ark Phone 4551 TO BUILD NOW WOULD TAKE A LOT MORE MONEY Water works installations hare never been cheap. They were expensive in J910. They cost a lot more today. , The mile of cast iron pipe you could have installed for Jll,0()0 in 1940 costs $17,000 today. The pumping station that cost §100,000 ten years ago will involve a $225,000 expenditure now. It cost $1,850,000 to install it 50 million gallon per day filter plant In 1910. The same system installed today will cost $4,250,000. Maintenance costs have risen proportionately. Take coal for the pump- Ing station. The fuel bill ran $175 a day in 1940 will reach $100 a day now. Trucks that cost $800 ten years ago are no>v priced at $1,700. Waler softening chemicals that cost $11 a ton are J23. A good pick-axe costs $;i 75 as against $2.00 in 1940. To provide a 25% increase in available water for a community of 50,000 will cost approximately $200,000; to provide a 50% increase (he bill will be $400,000: to provide a 100% increase, it will run $700,000. These approximalions do not take into consideration the hundred and one special conditions which might lessen or increase the costs for any particular city. But they show how the figures may be expected to shape up. One thing you can he sure of. To increase water facilities at any time in the near future is going to cost a lot more money than past experience had td most people in the business to expect. Water Is Your Cheapest Commodity Use It Freely Blytheville Water Co.
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