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How to Make Magazine Storage Containers

Need a good way to archive your old how-to magazines? Build these simple wood storage bins and have all your important reference materials at your fingertips instead of lost in a towering pile.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

How to Make Magazine Storage Containers

Need a good way to archive your old how-to magazines? Build these simple wood storage bins and have all your important reference materials at your fingertips instead of lost in a towering pile.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Building the bins

Finally got the time to build that project in The Family Handyman from three years ago? Great...if you can find the right issue! Build these bins and stock them with an orderly archive, and you'll have instant access to years of projects and plans. You can build four bins from one 2 x 4-ft. sheet of 1/4-in. plywood and two 6-ft.-long 1x4s.

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Air compressor
    • Air hose
    • Brad nail gun
    • Cordless drill
    • Circular saw
    • Drill bit set
    • Jigsaw
    • Orbital sander
    • Safety glasses

You'll also need a 5-gallon bucket.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • 1/4-in. plywood
    • 1 x 4 pine

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June 12, 8:28 AM [GMT -5]

I have made at least a dozen for my shop, 3 for my wives cookbooks, and now oldest daughter "NEEDS" one for bathroom magazines. Very simple too build and very popular.

March 01, 11:13 PM [GMT -5]

only problem i found is the bottom board should be 10in instead of 9 1/2in

September 10, 12:36 AM [GMT -5]

I made three of them and put my Handyman magazines in there for future refernces--very easy to make--thank you--we enjoy the Family Handyman email newsletters and the magazines very much--Thank You

May 07, 11:36 PM [GMT -5]

Finger joints would with solid wood would be a classy version of this, of course more work..

January 08, 6:52 PM [GMT -5]

Very simple to make.

April 28, 12:35 AM [GMT -5]

I ordered my 2 year subscription to The Family Handyman magazine today and set up my account. I have been searching the web for magazine storage containers and have not found any that I would like to make. Immediately after signing into DIY-Projects/Woodworking-Projects I spotted your plans for "Magazine Storage Containers". They are just what I was looking for to store all of the "DIY" magazines that I have kept stashed around the house everywhere.

This was worth the price of the subscription alone.

Thanks
Ben L

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