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by Jim Gerrish

Following the directions in this e-Book you will build a special version of the old "Silk Cabby" designed to work with a three-way Mis-Made Flag. It appears to be a crate from a flag company, but it only contains three white 9" silk handkerchiefs. Running them through the holes in the sides of the "crate" turns them to red, white and blue silks. Then the red and white silk change to a mismade flag- red and white, but missing the blue. When trying to add the blue, the flag appears with blue bars and a red star field. Finally, a flag pole is pushed through the crate and attached to it is a regular red, white and blue Star Spangled Banner.

Jim provides several separate solutions to this old Tom Sellers' trick (the Silk Cabby) from 1933. One solution is to adapt a standard commercial Silk Cabby. Then Jim shows you how to improve on the Silk Cabby in a variety of ways, building a double tube version from scratch. Finally he ends with the simplest Silk Cabby of all which gets right down to the roots of the effect. You get to decide which one (or build them all!) you want to build.

You are not required to use this Cabby for a "Mismade Anything" routine, but if you choose to do so, you'll need a set of Mismade Flags and a Dollar Store flagpole.

For each Cabby that you wish to build you'll need one sheet of 1/16" by 6" by 36" Bass wood (preferred), one sheet of 1/4 inch thick by 3 inch by 36 inch Bass wood or Balsa wood, some gaffer's tape for hinges, and for those that contain a clear transparent tube, a 1.75 inch diameter clear plastic mailing tube.

Kitchen tools - razor knife, metal yard or meter stick, fine sandpaper.

Wood glue, masking tape, polyurethane clear paint.

On-line sources are given for all items mentioned. The e-Book contains step-by-step construction photos and diagrams for all parts of this kitchen workshop project.

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