Free DIY Woodworking Plans for Making a Solid Wood Magazine File

06.20.11 By //

While we work our way through the Martha Stewart Inspired Craft Collection (yes I will be attempting to complete EVERY piece) I thought I would also cover some of the fun accessories that will really tie this collection and a room together.  Let's leave no stone unturned!  I will be back later this afternoon with the 3rd furniture piece in the collection, the Standard File Cabinet! Yahoo…

We covered the 21″ Craft Console and the 42″ Wide Craft Console, plans for those are here and here, and this Magazine Holder is made to fit in the opening perfectly!

Here is how they might look if you were to make several for storage goodness for miles and miles!

Estimated Cost 

Under $25

  • Brad Nailer (some staple guns have a brad nailer capability…mine does)
  • Jig Saw – optional if you want to cut the curved slot from the back.
  • Saw
  • 1/4 sheet of 1/4″ Plywood, MDF or coated Particle board…something hard and stainable or paintable.
  • 5/8″ Brad Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List 
  • 2 – 1/4″ Stock at 11 1/2″x10 1/2″ Side Panels
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 3 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ Front Panel
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 11 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ Back Panel
  • 1 – 1/4″ Stock at 10″ x 3 3/4″ Bottom Panel

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1 

Cut your panels to size. This project will most easily (and more perfectly) be built if you are to cut a strip of your plywood at 3 3/4″ wide by 26 1/2″ or so and then cut your lengths for the front, back and bottom. Do this for your side panels as well by cutting a plank at 23 1/4″ by 10 1/2″ and then cut in half. This will ensure you have equal width pieces and allow you a more perfect build. You won't have inaccuracies in width that will throw you off square by doing this.

Then on the side panels cut the angle as indicated below.

Step 2 

Fasten the front to your sides using 5/8″ Brad Nails and Glue.

Step 3 

Attach the bottom panel using 5/8″ Brad Nails and Glue.

Step 4 

Carve out the notch at the top on the back panel and fasten to the bottom and the sides using 5/8″ Brad Nails and Glue.

Step 5 

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Step 8 

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Step 13 

Finishing Instructions 

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you ONLY use 1 image and provide an ADEQUATE link back to the original source and appropriate plan! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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