Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Make a Magazine Rack with Better Homes and Gardens


Magazine racks don’t come any easier than this – you just slot two squares together. This great tutorial is from Better Homes and Gardens and would make the perfect spot for you to store all your fabulous BD books!…

The simplest designs are often the best. All you need to make this slotted mag rack is a couple of pieces of plywood, a jigsaw and a clear finish. No glue, no nails, no screws. And if you don’t want a square, you can cut circular discs with a flat bottom or animal shapes for the kids’ bedroom.

Gather your supplies
  • 400 x 400 x 17mm hoop pine plywood (2); water-based clear polyurethane
Here’s how
  • Step 1 If not already cut to size, cut two 400 x 400mm squares of hoop pine or other appearance-grade plywood. From the bottom of each, measure up 150mm and square lines across the boards. For each board in turn, hold the other piece on the line and draw a second line across the board. The gap between lines should be 17mm. From one end measure 200mm along the 2 lines and join the marks.
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  • Step 2 Use a jigsaw to cut out the slots. Make sure the saw cut (kerf) has its outer edge on the lines or a fraction inside the lines rather than centred on them, as you want a snug fit. You can always ease the slot width if necessary, but can’t make it narrower. Repeat for other panel.
  •  Step 3 Sand smooth and check the panels slot into each other. Dismantle and finish with 2 coats of water-based clear polyurethane. Re-assemble when dry.

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