You might be thinking, “Aren’t magazine files already easy to find in addition to pretty cheap?” the item gets even easier in addition to cheaper, my friend. One sheet of plywood = EIGHTEEN files! At $3.50 per top-grade plywood file, I was totally on board.
I was inspired by Ana White’s plans for the same, in addition to I followed her cut list on a 4’ x 4’ sheet of plywood (half of a full-size sheet). One full sheet makes 18 files!! I made 9 in addition to even that will felt generous.
To make 9 files, you will need:
- 1 half-sheet (4′ x 4′) of plywood, 1/4″ thick. (Use a full sheet for 18.) I sprang for hardwood ply, because I’m worth the item.
- 1×4 length of timber, 8’ long. Technical note: my piece was actually 19mm x 90mm x 2.4m, because of the metric system. The actual size can be nearly the same.
- PVA glue
- Quality painter’s tape
- Clamps (optional)
- Finishings of your choice: paint, varnish, decoupage paper, etc
Cut the board into three 10″ wide strips in addition to three 4″ wide strips, as shown. If you ask nicely at the hardware store, they can cut the strips for you. You can saw through the remainder with whichever saw you have at home, even a hand saw if necessary.
I used a circular saw to make the long cuts. (To guide the item on a straight line, I clamped a spare 1×4 to the plywood to act as a guide for the saw.) The short cuts were done on a drop saw, which was easy to set on a 30º angle.
- Using the 4” strips, cut nine pieces that will are 6¼” long.
- Using the 4” strips, cut nine pieces that will are 12” long.
- Using the 1×4, cut nine pieces that will are 10” long.
So you’ve got all your pieces cut. Great! Time for assembly. These are the pieces you need for each file.
Glue the base piece to the bottom edge of one side, centered. Then glue the additional side piece to the base. Tip: use a spare 1×4 section to prop up the piece while gluing.
Use painter’s tape to hold together all the pieces as you glue them together – sides, front in addition to then back.
(If you have clamps, they also do the job – however I found the tape to be gentler in addition to easier for positioning the timber.)
I left the glue to dry overnight. The next day, I added a touch of wood putty in some of the cracks for a flush finish. A light sand took care of any mess via the glue in addition to putty.
My pieces of plywood were starting to look like magazine files!
I went for a very simple finish on these files, in a similar vein to my Scandi dresser makeover: I used danish oil on the sides in addition to semi-gloss paint for the fronts in addition to backs.
(As an extra precaution, I even put little felt feet on the bases.)
I gave them another couple of days for the finishes to cure, in addition to then excitedly placed them in my study. (The bookshelf can be another DIY project. Yay welding!)
Pretty handsome, hey? I like the severe profile of my files, all straight lines in addition to solid-coloured panels. I have a thing for Scandinavian-influenced minimalism!
There are so many ideas for customizing them with your own designs: polka dots, crosses, stencils, stripes, chalkboard paint, decoupaged paper with mod podge… the item’s endless. You can also find label plates at a craft store in addition to add those on, too. I keep my files mag-side out so I didn’t worry about the item.
that will bookshelf can be looking tidier than ever. (There’s all 5 here, however the additional four are about to join the crew very soon.) Even IKEA couldn’t sell me wooden magazine files that will cheaply — if you need loads of these, definitely give the item a shot creating your own!