Step 2: Cut the Base and Back

tom silva and reader cutting base and back of brackets for magazine file
Photo: Allison Dinner
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Use 2-inch blocks to space the brackets evenly, then measure the length of this assembly. Add ¼ inch and cut two pieces to this length using a circular saw. Measure the short extension of the scrollwork, and trim the base piece to that depth. Measure the long extension and add ¾ inch to get the height of the back; trim the second piece.
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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