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.
Cut the 1/4-in. plywood into eight 11-1/2-in. x 11-in. pieces. Use a 5-gallon bucket to trace a graceful S-curve from the 11-1/2-in.-high corner across the plywood to a 6-in. mark on the opposite side. Simply establish a smooth curve.
Stack pairs so the best sides face each other and tape all the sheets together flush at the edges. “Gang cut” the curve with a jigsaw or a band saw.
Saw pine boards into 6-, 9-1/2- and 11-1/2-in. lengths. Drill 1-in.-diameter finger pulls in the 6-in. pieces, then nail the frames together. Nail the sides to the frames with 1-in. finish nails, sand as needed and apply a finish.
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.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need a 5-gallon bucket.
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