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Keekee

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01-03-2019 10:20 PM

Now that I’m retired, I think one of my first projects will be a bookcase to hold about 30 years of collecting woodworking magazines. Any body do this. Anybody unhappy with what they did or happy with what they did. They can get heavy. So how long did you make your shelves and how thick.


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Steve

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 10:47 PM

I’m terrible at designing anything and can’t help.

But you mean to tell me there aren’t any plans for a bookcase in those 30 yrs of magazines? ;)

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 10:59 PM

30 years is like a library space wise. Why not upgrade and get them on CD and keep them in a drawer or even in the cloud?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 11:06 PM

Curiosity got the best of me on this one. After a little googling….average weight of a magazine appeared to be 100 grams or less. 4 ounces is 113 grams, so I just used that as a nice round number.

You didn’t say how many different subscriptions we’re talking about, but here are the numbers for 1 “title”.

30 years x 12 mags/year = 360 magazines. (360×4 ounces) / 16 oz/lb = 90 lbs. If you build a 4 shelf bookshelf, that’s 22 1/2 lbs per shelf.

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#4 posted 01-04-2019 01:00 AM

Get some magazine holders then build off of their measurements. Magazines don’t like to stand up while staying straight. I bought a bunch from target for my collection and they are not to bad. Also it helps with organizing them. If you have the original first couple of years of fine wood working you will need to check to see if they fit in the holders you choose if you go that route. They are bigger then most other magazines. Only reason I know is the wifey bought a bunch of the metal holder for me and they didn’t fit:

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#5 posted 01-04-2019 02:51 AM

Well, designers of library storage generally recommend that books (particularly hardback) are best stored vertically while magazines are best stored horizontally—that is stacked. I’ve had good luck with keeping some magazines vertically in bookshelves, but they need to be packed pretty tightly. This is not a good way to store staple bound magazines, though. One design solution that has merit is a case made up of squares in a diamond formation (x-shapes). That way magazines may be stored diagonally, which makes it very easy to find and retrieve them. However, this type of bookcase tends to waste a lot of space because of the extra triangles around the edges. Alas, design is always a matter of compromise.

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Keekee

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#6 posted 01-04-2019 02:18 PM

Thanks. Not familiar with a ☁️. I’ve actually been getting them 40 years and will not get rid of them. I do have FW from the beginning,so good to know the sizes have changed. Seen various designs including the x shaped. Maybe I’ll go through my Green & Green books and see what they did.

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#7 posted 01-04-2019 04:50 PM



Thanks. Not familiar with a ☁️. I’ve actually been getting them 40 years and will not get rid of them. I do have FW from the beginning,so good to know the sizes have changed.
- Keekee

Would never suggest you get rid of them. The actual magazines are the coolest part of having them. Was suggesting you use the digitized version for easy reference and keep the physical magazine collection safely stored. That way they are always available, cataloged and at your fingertips. I have over 600 vinyl albums nicely displayed on shelves but I also have all of them digitized and available for listening on my media server wherever I have my phone.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#8 posted 01-04-2019 05:00 PM



30 years is like a library space wise. Why not upgrade and get them on CD and keep them in a drawer or even in the cloud?

- Andybb

Not sure this would be an upgrade.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#9 posted 01-04-2019 05:16 PM


30 years is like a library space wise. Why not upgrade and get them on CD and keep them in a drawer or even in the cloud?
- Andybb

Not sure this would be an upgrade.

- JADobson


Yeah. Upgrade is probably not a good adjective. Maybe curate would be better. Just thinking that there are soooo many great projects and jigs in those mags that it would be great to be able to just search a PDF for “bookcases” or “cribs” and have a list of them pop up.

Probably a whole different subject and project so I apologize for derailing the thread. I just like the idea of having the printed versions remain pristine.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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JADobson

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#10 posted 01-04-2019 09:09 PM

Haha, Don’t mind my Luddite comments. I scan articles I’m interested in so I can find them quicly later.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#11 posted 01-04-2019 11:35 PM

Here is nice and simple build using 5/4 pine stair treads. Here is a link to my project and information I used to build.
https://www.routerforums.com/show-n-tell/137021-here-nice-simple-book-case-i-built.html I changed dimentions to match space where its was going into.

-- Gary New York

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