Boxes, Strengthening. – Boxes intended for rough work in the garden and elsewhere will last very much longer if a little work is done upon them before they are put into use.

Assume the box to be one of the familiar kind bearing the name of Tate. It will have two ledges inside at the ends, flush with the top, to hold the ends together. These are an obstruction to emptying the box of its contents by tipping. So they should be removed, and replaced by ledges an inch longer, an inch thick, and two inches across, on the outside. These will be useful for lifting.

Now take a hammer and -inch wire nails and drive nails in slantingly where-ever extra nails seem needed to hold bottom, sides and ends together more securely. Then out of stout sheet zinc cut four pieces measuring 4 by 2 inches. Trim off the corners, and bend them half-way along to a right angle. These, nailed to the outside ledges and the sides, will increase the boxs strength greatly at the top.

Similar pieces- should hold ends and sides together at the bottom, and bottom to sides and ends. All nails put through the angle-pieces should be long enough to clinch on the inside. A box reinforced in this way will stand years of rough usage.

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