How to Cultivate Asparagus

Asparagus plants prefer a deep sandy loam. Plant in April, spreading out the roots and setting the plants 15 inches apart, the crowns to be 5 inches below the surface. When cutting, it should be remembered that no shoots should be removed the first year, a moderate quantity the second, and freely afterwards. The shoots … Read more

Cableway for the Garden, A Model

The principle of this is as follows. A wire is stretched tightly between two points, for a small suspended carriage to run on. One end of the cable can be raised or lowered to give a slope in either direction. A person at that end is therefore able to control the movements of the carriage. … Read more


A step-ladder, or pair of steps, as it is otherwise called, is an important item of the household equipment which any amateur joiner of fair skill can easily put together. For the sides are wanted two 4-foot 3-inch lengths of wood measuring 4 inches by $ inch after planing. The top, A, is 18 inches … Read more


ALTHOUGH sewing machines are extraordinarily efficient, they are not made to stand rough treatment. Because a machine does not go quite so well as usual it is not necessarily the fault of the machine. It may be that the user has neglected to treat it properly. Adjustments may often be made by the mere twisting … Read more

Saws and their Uses

Saws are important – and often much-abused – items of a household tool equipment. The professional includes in his outfit a rip saw, with large forward-raking teeth for ripping, that is, cutting along the grain; a cross-culling saw, with smaller teeth, set slightly back in front, for cutting across the grain; a panel saiv, with … Read more


Sash Cords, Replacing. The replacement of broken or worn sash cords is not so difficult a business as it may appear to anyone who has not tried his hand at it. The beginner is advised, however, to make his first essay on a window with sashes of moderato weight and easily handled. Large sashes with … Read more

Making a Plumb-rule

This simple piece of apparatus is useful for testing the verticalness of walls, posts and other parts of structures. It can be quickly made out of a 6-foot length of floorboard, planed smooth all over and given quite straight and parallel edges. A line is marked with the gauge down the centre from end to … Read more

Ice Cabinet, A cheap home-made

Though we are not often visited by a spell of very hot weather, when one does arrive it is very useful to have some means of preserving perishable provisions and preventing butter becoming almost liquid. The chest illustrated by the two diagrams following can be made cheaply by any handy person, and will be found … Read more


Fretwork, when carried out in good materials from good designs, can be highly artistic, especially when it embraces inlaying and overlaying with metals, xylonite and other hard substances which the fretsaw is able to deal with. To carry it out in a pleasing manner requires a good deal of practice, and much care. The Outfit. … Read more

Bed-head Clamp for Electric Lamp

Plane up a piece of wood 12 inches long, 3 inches wide and -J-inch thick. Round off the four corners, and divide it into two parts by sawing it squarely through along a line 5 inches from one end. The longer piece forms the front, which will be turned towards the bed; the shorter, the … Read more

Drilling Metal

Boring holes in metal requires the use of special tools, the possession of which may on occasion save a great deal of time. By far the most efficient type of drill is the fluted twist drill, made in diameters ranging from xJ ½ inch up to 3 or more inches. Small drills for making holes … Read more


Serviettes neatly folded add great! to the appearance of a nicely-laid table. The Bool. – Take a well-starched serviette and iron it across the centre fold, then fold again lengthwise and press. Crease lightly down the centre, this crease being horizontal to the previous folds. Put the serviette lengthways in front of you, with the … Read more