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Homemade Portable Footwarmer

There was no central heat in the 1600's. In fact, it wasn't until Benjamin Franklin developed the Franklin Stove, that a reasonably efficient stove even existed in the American colonies. Here are easy directions for building an apparatus that people took to church with them to stay warm during long sermons.


Liquid Nails (an industrial strength glue)
Masking tape
Thin metal sheeting (two 6" x 6"; one 6" x 10")
Two 3/4" thick pieces of wood (9" x 14")
20" piece of wire
Shallow porcelain bowl or tart pan
Ten small nails
24" of wood corner molding ("L" shape)


1. Cut the "L" shaped corner molding into 4 equal pieces that are 6" long.

2. Place your metal sheets onto a thick stack of newspapers. Use the hammer and a nail or awl to punch a design into the sheeting. Do this to all three sheets.

3. Center a 6" x 6" metal sheet near the edge of the wood base. Place the wood moldings around it and mark the corners. Center everything and glue it in place. Let it dry.

4. Repeat instruction three until all three sheets of metal box in three sides of your warmer.

5. Glue the wodden top to the four upright moldings. This gives you a retangular shaped box with a bottom, a top, two short sides, and one long side. The remaining long side is still open.

6. Hammer two nails in the center of the wood top. Twist your wire into a handle and secure it to the two nails.

7. Place the small dish inside the foot warmer as a base for a tea candle (also called "tea lights"). When lit, the candle's light will shine through the punched holes.

Please note that this footwarmer is an artistic reproduction and mainly for display purposes.


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