D.I.Y. wooden magazine rack

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Project Overview

Rather than leave your magazines lying around the house, this wooden magazine rack is a clever and stylish way to store them neatly away. We’ll show you how simple it is to make your own wooden magazine with the right tools and materials.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber to size
2 Drill the holes for the magazine hangers
3 Drill the holes to secure the frame
4 Put the frame together
5 Insert the metal threaded rods
6 Cut the rods to length
7 Putty the holes
8 Varnish the frame
  • Step 1. Cut the timber to size

    You can make this holder any size you like, depending on how many magazines you want it to hold. Mark and measure the timber to the size you want. Our finished frame will be 700mm high and 450mm wide, so we’ve cut two lengths at 700mm and two at 450mm. Clamp each piece of timber in place and set the drop saw to cut the ends at 45° angles. 

  • Step 2. Drill the holes for the magazine hangers

    Measure and mark the timber where you need to drill holes for the magazine hangers. Space the holes an equal distance apart and make sure the lowest rod is far enough away from the bottom so that your magazines won’t touch the ground. Use a drill bit the same diameter as the rods to drill the holes in the timber. Repeat this process for the piece of timber on the opposite side.

  • Step 3. Drill the holes to secure the frame

    At the ends of the longer pieces of timber, mark two holes where the screws will join the frame together. Clamp the timber and drill the holes. Countersink all of the holes so that the screws can be covered with putty.

  • Step 4. Put the frame together

    Apply glue to the ends of the frames to give it more support. Clamp the frame and drill two screws at each end of the timber. Wipe away any excess glue before it dries
  • Step 5. Insert the metal threaded rods

    Insert a metal threaded rod through the holes on either side, then put a washer over the rod. Screw on a nut until it is flush with the end, then pull the rod from the opposite side so that the washer and nut are flush against the side of the frame. Put a washer and nut on the other side of the rod. Tighten the nut with a spanner or adjustable wrench. Repeat this process to insert the other rods. 

  • Step 6. Cut the rods to length

    To give your magazine rack a nice clean look, use a hacksaw to cut the end of the rods so that they’re flush with the nut.

  • Step 7. Putty the holes

    Using a matching coloured wood putty, fill in the holes where each of the eight screws are holding the frame together. Let the putty dry and then sand it back so that it’s smooth.

  • Step 8. Varnish the frame

    Remove all of the rods from the magazine rack. To give your magazine rack a professional finish apply a coat or two of varnish. Once the varnish has dried, reattach the rods to the magazine rack.

     

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bits
  • Drop saw
  • Hacksaw
  • Paint brush
  • Paint pot
  • Painters tape
  • Pencil or marker
  • Set square
  • Sander or sandpaper
  • Socket set
  • Spanner or adjustable wrench

Materials

  • 90mm x 45mm x 2m hardwood
  • 16 inch threaded rods x2
  • 16 inch nuts and washers
  • 14g 85mm wood batten screws
  • Glue
  • Rags
  • Water based deck and exterior timber stain
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Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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