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As a line dryer is necessary and those on the market which looked good to me were expensive, I set about to make one myself. The idea of the dryer as well as the construction is very simple, so that anyone should be able to make one. The first thing to make is the axle on which the spool turns and which holds the dryer to table, bench or wherever you wish to place it. This is made of stiff, springy wire, bent in the shape of Fig. I, and should be long enough so that the top of the wire will extend through the top of the spool. The part lettered A in Fig. I is to slide onto the edge of table. The twist in the wire holds it upright and is bent so that the bend will lie flat on the top of the table.

The next step is the ends of the spool. These were made of 1 inch pine, 4 inches square. The blocks are cut to size and then each corner ís cut off about or 54 inch back, giving the block eight sides as shown in Fig. II. Next drill a hole through the center of the blocks at C, Fig. II, to allow the wire axle to pass through. A hole is then drilled in the edge of the block, where each corner was cut away. E, Fig. 11. These holes should be the size of the wire to be used for sides of the spool.

The side wires of the spool are made of copper or other wire which will not rust. Four of these wires are necessary. They should be bent to the shape shown in Fig. III. ín making these the parts marked A-A, Fig. Ill, should be about 14 inches long to make a good solid fit. These ends fit into the holes cut the corners of the end blocks. It is a good plan to make one wire complete and then cut the other wires the same length and bend, using the first one as a pattern.

My finished spool measured a little over 8 inches long and ready to go anywhere. Very simple and costs nothing but your time.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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