Garage Woodworking Magazine Library Solution

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Project by Paul posted 12-05-2013 03:57 AM 1811 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not fine woodworking but very practical. Any other woodworking magazine hoarders out there?

3/4” plywood with a 1/4” laun backer – dado shelf joinery, wood screws and about 3 hours of cutting and assembly. Also building magazine boxes mostly out of free scrap wood from a building site plus a couple sheets of 1/4” luan. Works out to a penny or two over a $1 a box (plus my time of course). I’ll add another pic when I get it all put together and in place.

Two days later – posted pic of shelves and library in place. Mags out of storage boxes and accessible. Only two or three magazine boxes not fully occupied. Goodness, I realized that I still have woodworking magazines from over thirty years ago in late High School.

Had to adapt some of the boxes to accommodate mags laying down. Still need to pull the annual indexes out and put in a binder. Checked out the price of card holder pulls and have decided to figure out a homemade solution to that issue, too.

Wish I had enough of the pseudo mahogany ply for them all from a kitchen cabinet remodel dumpster dive that I used on those top boxes.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#1 posted 12-05-2013 09:36 AM

Ths shelf looks great and should store alot of important magazines and books. I have made the boxes like yours as well. I think I saw them in Handyman if not mistaken….

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

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#2 posted 12-05-2013 02:30 PM

They do look very practical.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 04:59 PM

Nice looking shelves.
If you fill it with magazines it is going to be extremely heavy. Make sure it has a solid floor under it and attach it to the wall so it won’t tip over.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 12:47 AM

Thanks Les, concrete slab, will make sure it’s level and have a couple of angle braces to attach the top to the wall studs. Just a 22” span, so the shelves shouldn’t sag too much.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 03:56 AM

Well, the magazine boxes are complete, shelves attached to the wall – but it’s hard to admit your boo-boos. Shelves are built with 12” high clearance on all shelves – boxes are all 11.75” tall. All is good for all issues of the last 15 years or so, but alas – both American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking (which I haven’t taken for several years) both once published on a 11.75” tall page format. Hmmm – my scrap magazine boxes all have 3/4” thick box bottoms.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#6 posted 12-07-2013 02:52 AM

posted pic

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 02:53 AM

this is smart; my saved magazines wind up with 3 inches of sawdust on them.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 04:02 PM

Looks good and well made, it will surely make a great storage for lots of magazines and other stuff. Well done!

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