How to Build a Magazine Rack
Reader April Monroe gets help making a fancy file to hold her collection of TOH issues
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.
This rack uses four 10-by-12-inch brackets spaced 2 inches apart. Pick a bracket slightly larger than the magazine you plan to store, with scrollwork bold enough to keep the corners from flopping over. Most brackets are set in an L-shaped frame; removing it will allow the magazines to sit directly against the scrollwork. Select boards that are just a little wider than the bracket's longest edge.