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A little paint brings drawer pulls, molding, and poles to life.

A little paint brings drawer pulls, molding, and poles to life

These upright wooden citizens all start with the same round head, stubby little arms, and cylindrical bodies of various lengths. After you've painted on their faces and cloths, they can line a mantel, greet guests at the front door, or stand stoically as a child tries to knock them down with a ball.

Their heads are 2 1/4-inch-diameter wooden drawer pulls (about 75 cents each). The arms are 3-inch lengths of 3/4-inch-wide half-round molding (about 20 cents per foot), and the bodies are cut from 1 3/4-inch-diameter closet poles (about $2.50 per foot). In addition, you'll need a 3/8-inch hardwood dowel, 3/16-inch-diameter maple axle pins from a well-stocked wood dealer or lumberyard (or 1 1/4-inch-long #8 round-head woodscrews), sandpaper, and acrylic paint. You'll also need a saw, an electric drill, and bits sized for the dowels and pins or screws.

Start by cutting the pole for the body--ours vary from 6 to 9 1/2 inches in length. The cuts must be square so the dolls can stand up. Cut arms to suit, then sand the cut edges smooth.

Tape the arms to the body 1/8 inch below the top and drill holes 1/2 inch from the arms' tops for the wooden pins or screws. Using the 3/8-inch bit, center and drill a 1/2- to 1-inch-deep hole in the body's top and a matching hole in the drawer knob. Insert a short length of 3/8-inch dowel and glue the head to the body.

Paint the body, then the arms with pins in place. When dry, glue or screw arms to body so they'll rotate with a slight pressure.

Photo: Drill hole for dowel to anchor head. Tape the arms in position before drilling through them. At right, he's gluing a drawer-pull nose onto the dog's head

Photo: Hand-painted details individualize the simple forms. Like the heads, chef's hat is a drawer pull
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Date:Dec 1, 1986
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