Step 1: Remove the Bracket Frames

tom silva and reader removing bracket for magazine file
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Carefully wedge a chisel between the scrollwork and the frame to break the glue's bond and loosen the nails without cracking the wood. Use a hammer to gently tap the chisel the frame away from the scrollwork.

Pro Advice
"For thinner dividers, use decorative stair brackets—or shape your own from ¼-inch plywood. Then rout slots into the back and base to hold the brackets in place."—Tom Silva, TOH General Contractor
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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