I love the warmth and beauty of woodgrain. It is just one of those random things that makes me happy. I guess that is one of the MANY reasons I love to dabble in woodworking. I say “dabble” because I am in no way a master carpenter by any stretch of the imagination…but I have fun tackling projects and stepping back and saying “I made that!” Cheesy, I know….but very honest.
This little minimalist magazine rack is a gem, because it hits three major points:
1) It’s fast and easy!
2) It helps me organize.
3) It has clean geometric lines that I love.
1 6ft or 8ft long 1″X8″ board
stain (in your preferred color)
table saw or jigsaw
What’s great about this design it that you can literally make it any size with ease. I wanted my piece to have presence, so I went big. I measured my board to cut two pieces that were 3 feet long. Then, I found the mid section both length and width-wise. Using a colored pencil, I created a one inch wide rectangle from that midpoint to the edge. I repeated that on both boards.
Now time to cut. Since I wanted to cut out those skinny rectangles pretty fast, I used my table saw. However, if you have a jigsaw handy, that will work just as well. With the table saw, I just cut from the edge towards that mid point along the line I drew. I then moved my piece over a tiny bit and repeated the cut, essentially shaving off wood until I reached the other line of the rectangle.
BTW, I am all about making things easier. So, if you don’t want to bother finding the midpoint for your second board, you can always stack them and trace your rectangle onto the second board like this:
Once you have cut both skinny rectangles out, you are done! You may want to smooth out your cuts and edges with a lite sanding…and maybe even a lite coat of Verathane or wax would be nice. Then, it’s just assembly time…no hardware required!
Simply slip the rectangles together.
I love this simple design! Have fun with it. You can make tiny ones by cutting the boards shorter, and you can make the design skinnier by cutting our your rectangles higher up on your boards. Play around with it and have fun creating. These would be fun in bright, happy colors as well.