A Matchbox Holder
The accompanying sketch shows an easily made matchbox holder. The wooden base consists of an odd piece of thin material left over from some other job. It should be be about 7 by 3 inches. When the edges have been nicely trimmed up and smoothed, the metal tray is added. The larger sketch shows how the sides are shaped whilst the smaller one explains how the bottom is fixed to the base. For metal, a piece of sheet brass or copper is best, though an empty tin, flattened out, will serve well enough , if given a coat of enamel. File the edges to make them quite smooth. A raised triangle has been added, in the present case, by way of ornamentation, but a dozen other forms of decoration will occur to any handy boy. Stain and polish the wood or give it two coats of some bright enamel.