Introduction

handmade magazine rack
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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WHO> April Monroe
WHERE> Sterling, Mass.
WHAT> Wanted a handmade storage rack worthy of her collection of TOH magazines.

April Monroe can't bear to toss old magazine issues. "There are so many great projects I want to try," she says. Although plastic magazine holders are inexpensive enough at office supply stores, she doesn't like the idea of placing pages full of design and remodeling ideas in holders with such little personality.

So April turned to TOH general contractor Tom Silva to help her build a container more in the spirit of the magazines it's meant to hold. Tom attached brackets typically used for porch trim to a simple wood frame to create a freestanding file with decorative scrollwork dividers. See how he and April built it using a few basic tools and materials readily available at a home center.
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    Tools List

    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      Chisel
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • miter saw
      Miter saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic nail gun
    • sandpaper
      Sandpaper

    Shopping List

    Brackets Pick a bracket slightly larger than the magazine you plan to store, with scrollwork that extends enough to keep the corners from flopping over.

    1x boards Select boards at least as wide (plus ¼ inch) as the bracket is long.

    Molding Choose a profile up to ¾ inch to cover the exposed edges of the 1x boards. It's okay if it's slightly smaller; that will create a subtle reveal. Wood glue

    1¼-inch brad nails to attach the back to the base.

    -inch brad nails to attach the molding to the edges of the base and back.

    Wood filler

    Primer spray paint

    Semigloss spray paint