How to Make a Simple Magazine Rack

Make a Simple Magazine Rack: This magazine rack only takes two or three evenings to build, and it’s a great way to relax. It also makes a great way to keep magazines away from your living room coffee table or your bedroom nightstand. It consists of a pair of identical 3-piece frames joined together with self-locking half laps.

Virtually any wood can be used for this piece, but we chose yellow poplar. It goes on smoothly and when finished with a clear top coat, it takes on a cream color with a hint of green. Poplar is widely available and costs more than other cabinet-grade woods.

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Magazine Rack Plans and Materials

Start by ripping and crosscutting 1⁄2-in. Top joint and stock for the cross member for each 3-piece frame. Then mark the ends of the half laps [1].

Each half lap is made with two cuts on the table. Use a tuning jig to hold the workpiece vertically. If you don’t have a commercial tuning jig, make one as shown [2/3]. A homemade tuning jig consists of a saddle-like instrument that is mounted on a fence. The center of the saddle is equal to the thickness of the fence.

After completing the end cut, lower the blade and use the miter gauge to make shoulder cuts that leave the waste. When cutting shoulders use a guide block on the miter gauge fence to ensure consistency from cut to cut [4].

Cut the next angled half-lap. Raise the saw blade so that it projects a hair more than half the width of the stock. Set the miter fence to 18 degrees miter, then make several passes to make the mark. Clamp a stop block on the miter gauge fence, and rotate the workpiece on it [5]. It’s easy to get confused when cutting an angled half-lap joint. Refer to the drawing, and carefully mark each mark before viewing.

Before assembling the frames, check the fit of the edge marks [6]. Avoid a snug fit to allow a little gathering to finish. Apply glue to half the laps, and run two 1⁄2-in.-long braids to align the pieces, then wrap the pieces together.

How to Make a Simple Magazine Rack

While the glue is drying, rip and cross-cut the cross braces. Cut them to size and shape, then use a drilling jig to make 4-inch holes. Dowel pins [7] in upper ends only. Insert a pair of dowel centers into the holes to move the hole centers into the frame cross member. To do this, press the bottom edge of the cross brace against the edge of the frame, then slide the slat against the horizontal frame member to make the marks [8]. Draw cross lines through the indents, and use a doweling jig to drill the holes.

Push the dowels into the end of the cross members using a little glue. Also, apply a little glue to the bottom of the cross member. Then push the dowels into the frame holes. Fasten it to the bottom with 1 1⁄4-in.-long nails [9].

Ease all corners by sanding with a padded block, then smooth the surfaces with 120-, followed by 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe off sanding dust with a tack cloth, and apply three coats of finish following label directions.

When finished, press both sides of the frame together [10].

What is a magazine stand called?

newsstand Add to list Share. A newsstand is a stand (also called a stall) that holds newspapers, magazines, comic books, and other periodicals.

How do you store magazines at home?

Wrap individual magazines in protective materials. Seal magazines in archival plastic bags, or a similar protective case. Put in a box designed for paper, and separate with cardboard. Put in another secure box and prepare for storage.

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