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How To Build a Magazine Rack

Create the rack that will keep all your magazines in place. You can put this simple project together in an afternoon.

What you’ll need

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Step 1: Cut Timber

Mark up and cut your timber. You’ll need two 650mm vertical pieces and four 530mm horizontal lengths of the 64mm x 19mm pine, plus two 400mm lengths of the 42mm x 19mm pine to use as internal “packers” that the magazines will rest on.

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Step 2: Sand Edges

Round off the sharp edges of the timber with sandpaper.

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Step 3: Secure the Verticals to the Wall

Using a spirit level to make sure your verticals are perfectly straight, secure both pieces to your wall 400mm apart using 50mm screws.

Handy Hint
If you’re screwing into plaster board, drill guide holes where the screws will go and then use a screwdriver to screw nylon wall anchors. This will increase the wall’s capacity to handle the load of the shelf. If you’re screwing into masonry, you’ll need a hammer drill and masonry bit to drill the hole and a set of walls plugs for the screws to go into.

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Step 4: Attach the Horizontal Pieces – Part One

Start by securing the internal “packers” to the wall using 50mm screws. The first should be flush with the base of the verticals, the second starting about 400mm up (depending on the height of your magazines).

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Step 5: Attach the Horizontal Pieces – Part Two

Once the internal “packers” are in place, secure the 530mm horizontal lengths over the top using 30mm timber screws.

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Step 6: Attach the Horizontal Pieces – Part Three

Place the two top rails in place so that the magazines are properly held.

Handy Hint
Make sure that you don’t drive the screws in too hard – it could split the timber. First, drill guide holes. Then drive the screws in. Make sure they go in far enough that they countersink below the surface leaving a shallow divot in the timber.

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Step 7: Fill the Holes Over the Screws

Take a small daub of timber filler to cover over the screws. Use a putty knife or paint scraper to smooth the filler out, keeping it level with the timber surface.

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Step 8: Sand the Filler Flat

Once the timber filler has dried, sand it so that you have a totally flat surface.

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Step 9: Paint the Magazine Rack

Paint the rack using an acrylic paint.

Handy Hint
If you use the same colour you used to paint the wall, the rack will be less visually obvious in the room.

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