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Smoke box

How to make a smoke box 
 
Obtain or construct a wooden box 30 cm high and wide, and 60 cm in length. 
 
a Fit panes of window glass in the top and front of the box. The glass panes can be held in place with silicone sealant. 
 
b Leave the back open and cover with loosely hung black cloth that drapes like a curtain. Hang this curtain in two sections, with a 10 cm overlap at the centre of the box. Paint the inside of the box with mat black paint. 
 
c Cut a window 10 cm high and 5 cm wide midway between the top and bottom of one end, and 8 cm or 10 cm from the glass front. This window lets in light rays. 
 
d You can cover the window with different kinds of openings cut from cardboard and fastened with drawing pins.

Smoke box

(Instructions from the New UNESCO source book for science teaching