You’re going to love this one…
no nails, no screws, no glue – just a few cuts and done!
Check out my super-easy DIY magazine rack!
Super-easy DIY magazine rack
- 2 pieces 1/2″ plywood cut to 12″ by 21″ (30.5 x 53.3cm)
- speed square
- sander with sandpaper
- stain and varnish and/or paint
This beauty was made from this:
crappy plywood that I had sitting in my scrap wood pile.
I’d seen the idea on Pinterest, but the author didn’t give any measurements, so I thought I’d create my own tutorial (with measurements) so you can whip out a few for Christmas gifts – you really can, I promise!
Cut two pieces of 1/2″ plywood to 21″ by 12″ (53.3 x 30.5cm).
Mark your centre point on the 21″ side and then line up a scrap piece of the plywood to draw an outline for your next cut.
Mark your centre point on the 12″ side – this is where you’ll stop cutting. I used my table saw for these cuts – while it did leave small notches beyond the halfway point, they are on the underside of my DIY magazine rack and no one will ever notice. Besides, you can set your guide on the table saw and get perfectly smooth cuts. I used a screwdriver and a hammer to sort of chisel out the cut-out sections.
I did tell you this was a super-easy didn’t I? You are essentially done!
I had this crappy plywood to clean up, so I did a bit of sanding to get the roughness out.
Look at that! You’d barely know this was the cheapy kind of plywood would you!?
With the notches sliding into each other, put your rack together.
I decided to warm it up a bit with some Special Walnut stain and a soft blue edge.
You could use this for magazines, books, pillows… you might even be able to put a few (small) logs on here and set it next to the fireplace (if you use heavier logs, you’ll probably want 3/4″ or thicker plywood – but the plans still remain the same).
I have a stash of magazines (some a year old – shame on me!) that I haven’t gotten around to yet – but with this super-easy DIY magazine rack displaying them in plain site, I just might get to them.
This rack has a really small footprint too, it takes up very little space, and when you are done reading, you can slip the two boards apart and tuck them under the couch.
Not taking into account the drying time for the stain and varnish – this DIY magazine rack took me 20 minutes – and that includes a fair bit of sanding.
Make one for your bedroom, one for the family room, one for the bathroom, one each for the kids’ rooms, then whip out a few more to give as gifts.
Have a great one!