How to Make Magazine Storage Containers

Get organized fast with this simple project

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




Super Simple!


Under $20

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.

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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