Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 6, Issue 2
   November 2011
   From the Archive

Excerpt from 50 Popular Woodworking Projects, Algrove Publishing Classic Reprint Series, 2005. (Originally published in 1938.)

Cat door stop   Cat door stop
Fig. 1. A door stop.   Fig. 2. A door stop.

Ever since doors hung on hinges, many methods of holding them either ajar or closed have been used. A stone, a brick, and even a bag of sand were placed to hold it in a desired position. But now the preference is for a decorative door stop. Household pets, especially the cat and dog, are limited. The construction and painting of these projects affords a pleasant undertaking.

The designs of the door stops in this book are such that it is not absolutely necessary to use plywood in order to avoid splitting. Excellent material for these projects may be obtained from discarded fruit boxes.

When painting the door stops and similar projects, it is best to apply the background or predominating color over the whole piece. After it has dried the contrasting color that brings out the details should be applied.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of a portion of a book originally published in 1938. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.
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