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In summer, a lemonade stand. In winter, an indoor puppet theater.

In summer, a lemonade stand. In winter, an indoor puppet theater Young entrepreneurs and puppeteers will delight in this knockdown lemonade stand and theater. Set up on the sidewalk, it's sure to attract thirsty customers; when the weather turns cool, you take down the sign, add the roof, and bring it inside for puppet performances. When not in use, it disassembles in minutes and stores flat.

Designed by Jim Vanides of Menlo Park, California, the basic shell is made from a sheet of 1/2-inch plywood; you can dress it up with an optional blackboard and colorfully painted lemon shapes. The whole project should cost about $75 and take less than a day to cut and assemble.

Tools and materials

Tools you'll need include circular and saber saws, an electric drill with 5/16-inch and 5/8-inch bits, two C-clamps, screwdriver, straightedge, socket wrench, and wood glue. You'll also need:

* 1 4- by 8-foot sheet 1/2-inch lauan or birch veneer plywood

* 1/2 sheet 1/8-inch tempered hardboard

* 10 feet of 1-by-1: cut three 27-1/2-inch lengths; one 28-1/2 inches

* 20 feet of 1-by-2: cut two 23-1/4-inch lengths; one 28-1/2 inches; two 30 inches; two 42 inches

* 5 feet of 1-by-3: cut one 29-inch length; one 30 inches

* 1 28-1/2-inch 1-by-12

* 2 each 5/16- by 5/8-inch and 5/16- by 1-inch hex-head bolts, all with T-nuts

* 10-5/16- by 1 1/2-inch carriage bolts with nuts

* About 40 1-1/4-inch #6 flat-head woodscrews

* About 36 finish washers

In addition, you'll need material for curtains (a front curtain, a gauzy backdrop, and a blackout curtain at the rear) and the optional blackboard. You can seal the wood with a clear finish and decorate the lemon shapes with paint.

Step-by-step assembly

Start by cutting the plywood to the sizes shown in the sketch on page 88; remember to allow for saw kerfs.

The front. On the front panel, draw a line 1/2 inch in from each 24-inch-long side and 3/4 inch from the top. With C-clamps, position the 23-1/4-inch 1-by-2s on edge along the inside of these lines, then secure each with three woodscrews and finish washers, running in from the front. Position the 29-inch-long 1-by-3 on top of the 1-by-2s (it should be on edge and flush with the top); mount with two woodscrews and washers.

The roof. Repeat the steps to join the two roof panels. Here the 30-inch 1-by-is run along the sides of the roof 1/2 inch in from the edge, and the 30-inch-long 1-by-3 butts flush with the roof's top front edge. Use three screws and washers per board. The three 27-1/2-inch-long 1-by-1s are curtain holders on the roof's underside. From above, screw one next to the front 1-by-3, another 9 inches back, and the third along the rear edge, using three screws and washers per board.

The sides. Each side panel mounts to the front with two 5/16- by 1-1/2-inch carriage bolts. Drill bolt holes through the side and into the 1-by-2s on the front panel, about 3 inches in from the front's top and bottom. (To avoid splintering wood, drill until the bit just breaks through the opposite side, then drill in the other direction.) Repeat steps to mount sides to roof.

The lemonade sign. The sign for the lemonade stand will screw to the two 42-inch-long 1-by-2s, which mount to the inside faces of the side panels with carriage bolts. Clamp the 1-by-2s together and drill two holes 2 and 7 inches from one end. Next, clamp each 1-by-2 vertically so that its top hole aligns with the hole already drilled near the top front edge of each side panel. Using the lower holes in the 1-by-2s as a guide, drill another hole through the side panels. (Later, you can mount your sign to the 1-by-2s.)

The serving shelf. This wide shelf slips snugly over the 1-by-3 lip on the front panel. It has a J-shaped profile made with the 1-by-12 (with rounded front edges) and the remaining 1-by-1 and 1-by-2; see detail photograph above.

From the underside, join the 1-by-1 to the 1-by-12 with three screws and wood glue; use three more screws and glue to secure the 1-by-2 to the 1-by-1.

To clamp the shelf in place, two 1-inch hex-head boolts run through the 1-by-2s and into T-nuts in the underside of the 1-by-3 lip. About 6 inches in from the sides, drill holes in the 1-by-2s, then fit the shelf in place, mark the holes in the lip, and fit the T-nuts in place. You can drill optional cup holders with a hole saw.

The lemon slices. The stand we show has removable lemon slices held to the side pieces with 5/8-inch hex-head bolts. Each is a 24-inch-diameter circule cut with a saber saw from the 1/8-inch hardboard. Center and drill a hole through the hardboard and side panels. Install a T-nut on the inside face of each side panel and use the bolts to hold circles in place. Cut the lemon-shaped sign from the remaining 2-by 4-foot piece, then mount it to the vertical 1-by-2s with four woodscrews.

The finishing touches are the blackboard (mount with four woodscrews and washers) and curtains. Staple the curtain material to the 1-by-1s on the roof's underside. Be sure the middle backdrop is sheer enough for the puppeteer to see through.
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