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Santa's boot is a gift-wrap organizer.

A portable gift-wrap Center shaped like one Of Santa's boots makes a handy organizer for the necessary supplies at any time of year. You can store long rolls of paper behind fixed dowels, rolls of ribbon on removable dowels, and little things like tape and scissors in the open-topped toe. What you'll need. The organizer requires a 36- by 48-inch piece of 1/2-inch plywood, five 14-inch lengths of 1/2-inch-diameter dowel, three 15-inch lengths of 1/4-inchdiameter dowel, six 2 1/2-inch-diameter wooden drawer pulls, wood glue, 11/4-inch (3d) finishing nails, a nail set, wood putty, sandpaper, primer, and enamel paint. You also need a saber saw, a clamp, an electric drill, and a hammer. Building the organizer. Following the diagram, make full-size paper patterns; position and trace them onto plywood (remember to make two sides), then cut out. Clamp or tape the sides together and drill eight 1/2-inch-diameter holes five down the center, three near the front). With the sides still clamped together, use the saber saw to cut the J-shaped ribbon-holder channels, starting from the holes near the front (or cut straight, down-angled channels). If desired, cut two holes at top of the back piece to hang it from. Assemble the shell with glue and nails; set nails and finish with wood putty. Glue the five lengths of 1/2-inch dowel in place across the boot (see photograph at far left). So you can slip on spools of ribbon, glue only one drawer pull to each 1/4-inch dowel; leave pulls on the other ends unglued (you may have to drill out the pulls to receive the dowels). Sand and paint.
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