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Project by woodcut posted 07-08-2011 04:09 AM 2303 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very long time ago I asked my sister if I could make her a gift for her birthday. She gave me a photo of a commercially available magazine rack made of wood composites (particle board) and ‘some assembly required’.
I thought I could do better….

Mine is made of mahogany and curly maple veneer, my first serious venture using veneer as a style feature. The three shelves tilt back to hold the magazines/books in place, being stopped by two small mahogany posts connected with a brass door pull (I took a few liberties from the photo – “style enhancements”, I call them).

The mahogany is finished with red and brown stain mixture, paste filler, linseed oil, shellac, and a spar varnish. The maple received honey-amber dye stain, linseed oil, shellac and varnish as well.

It stands 30 inches tall and 13 inches square. A little square-ish for my taste, but I’m overall pleased with the result. Hopefully she is too…
Thanks for looking!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 04:18 AM

Wow, that’s a cadillac magazine rack, I love the tilting shelf design, something new to me.
Nice veneer work!

-- Smitty

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 11:12 AM

Very nice and love the color!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 12:51 PM

great job, this will last alot longer than that press board stuff they try to pass off as solid wood.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 08:01 PM

Good stuff. Favorited.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#5 posted 08-08-2011 07:24 PM

Thanks for your kind words… Gave it to her this weekend, she loved it !!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 12:06 PM

Gorgeous veneering, any tips on application or cutting/fitting?

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#7 posted 07-28-2012 12:47 AM

Not my cup of tea, but I gotta tell you, you did an outstanding job on the finish.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 12:56 AM

really cool rack

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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