''Grab those magazines, Ive got a magazine shelf rack perfect for your space."

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I don't know about you, but in my house I never know where to put my magazines and as a result they always end up all over the place. But today, I'm putting a stop to that with this DIY magazine shelf rack. Now I don't have to worry about wasting 30 minutes looking for my magazine, I know I'm not the only one. DIY Magazine Rack

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Materiels Used
Tools Used


3 - 1/2" Rod Pieces - 16"

2 - 1x4 Side Pieces - 37 1/4"

2 - 1x4 Top/Bottom Pieces - 16 14/16"

3 - 1x3 Front Braces - 15 1/4"

2 - 1x3 Shelf Supports - 15 1/4"



Step 1: Drill Holes for Aluminum Bar

The first thing I did after cutting the lumber down to size was to start making the lines for the hole placement. I used a speed square to make sure the lines were all aligned. This is probably the most important step, because if the holes aren't in the exact spot on both boards, your aluminum boards will be off. 

Using a speed square to measure lines for a magazine shelf rack

I was excited to finally rid my living room of random magazine displacement but I was also excited to use my new RIDGID Brushless 18 V Drill/Driver and Impact Driver Combo Kit. Ridgid has always impressed me with it's Lifetime warranty and it's brushless technology is at an entry level price point. 

This RIDGID Drill/Driver kit comes packed with two 1.5 Ah batteries and brushless motor technology that increases performance and runtime. The drill/driver has two speed settings that help match power to the task, so it was the perfect tool to use for this quick step.

RIdgid Impact Drill and Driver Kit

I used a 1/2"Forstner Bit to drill the holes. This is one bit that I don't use often, but glad I have it when I do, and Ryobi sells a great set for cheap at Home Depot.

Ryobi Bit to drill holes for a magazine rack

Once you make the line marks for the holes, you've done the hardest part. I drilled the six holes in less than three minutes. It was just that simple. As long as you sit the tip of the forstner bit right on the line mark, the holes should line up perfectly.

Drilling holes for a magazine rack using the RIDGID Drill/Driver

Side pieces for a magazine shelf rack

Step 2: Cut Aluminum Bar to Size

I always enjoy when I get to use materials other than wood in my project. I got the 1/2" Aluminum Rod to use for my magazine rack and it was the perfect addition to the project. To cut the aluminum bar down, I used my Makita SubCompact Reciprocating Saw coupled with my Diablo Metal Blade. It has a compact design thats only 12-1/2" ;one and weighs around 6 lbs with the battery. Its lightness and brushless motor makes it a much easier choice to pick up in the shop.

Makita SubCompact Reciprocating saw cutting aluminum bar with a Diablo metal blade

This Diablo Metal Cutting Blade went right through the aluminum bar like butter.  My Diablo Blade set includes three nail-embedded wood blades and three metal-cutting blades. These blades have a non-stick coating that protects against heat damage and corrosion; and as you can see this aluminum rod was no match for this Diablo metal blade. In order to hold the bar securely in place I used my Vise Clamp and cut down my three bars in no time.

Diablo Metal Blade

Step 3: Attach Aluminum Bar

To attach the three aluminum bars to the two sides of the DIY magazine rack, I put a little DAP RapidFuse glue into three holes on one side of the magazine rack, let that sit or five minutes.

Attaching aluminum bar to wood using dap rapid fuse

 Then put some glue into the other three holes and attached that to the other end of the aluminum bars, and let it sit for another five minutes.

I placed the holes in the middle of the side pieces to keep me from loading this thing up with two many books, but if you want more room for more magazines, feel free to move the holes to the back.

Magazine Rack Shelf

Now I don't know if this ever happens to anyone, but halfway through the project I thought, why not just make this into a mini blanket ladder? haha so I tried it out but after taking a couple photos, I decided to keep going with my original plan, but I had to at least show you guys what it looked like. Surely, I'm not the only one this has happened to, right?

DIY Industrial Ladder

Step 4: Attach Additional Wood Pieces to Magazine Rack

After the experimenting was over, I began adding the front braces to the magazine rack with wood glue and brad nails.

DIY Magazine Shelf Rack

Next I added the two shelf supports to the back of the magazine rack using wood glue and brad nails. This was the last step of the process.

DIY Magazine Shelf Rack

After I finished building the magazine rack, I filled the holes with DAP wood filler and then coated the magazine rack with Rustoleum Briarsmoke.

DIY Magazine Rack

Thanks for reading guys! XOXO Ashley

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July 16, 2018 — Ashley Basnight