Budget Tip of the Day: DIY Magazine File
I saw this amazing project in my “This Old House” magazine and it inspired the entire week of scrap wood projects. I fell in love and can’t wait to make my own. Isn’t this the prettiest magazine file you’ve ever seen?!
It’s made from a board (easy to find in a scrap bin) and shelf brackets. Here is what you need.
You also need a saw to cut the board and a nail gun.
Step 1: Carefully remove the L-shaped frame from the bracket with a chisel and a hammer. This will allow the magazines to sit directly against the scrollwork. In my opinion, you could probably skip this step if you want.
Step 2: Cut the base and back. You’ll want both pieces slightly longer than your brackets.
Step 3: Assemble the base and back using a nail gun (or a hammer and nails).
Step 4: Attach the first bracket. Use wood glue to set it in place and then nail through the back to secure it.
Step 5: Attach the remaining brackets the same way. Use a spacer if necessary to keep the brackets parallel and evenly spaced.
Step 6: Cut the molding strips with a miter saw and attach to the frame with a nail gun. This gets a little tricky if you’re not familiar with cutting a 45 degree angle on a bevel. One side will be a regular 45 degree angle cut like the picture below. The pieces will come together in the corner like a picture frame.
The top and front piece need to be cut at 45 degrees on a bevel like the picture below.
It’s not as hard as it sounds. It just takes a little thinking to get the cuts right. If you are confused, you can opt to leave the molding out completely. It won’t look as finished, but it will still look fine once you sand those edges and paint the whole thing.
Step 7: Use spray paint to prime and paint your new magazine file.
I just love it. So what do you think? Anyone up for making this one?
Hope you all have a great weekend. See you back here on Monday.