Let's Build a Magazine Case

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 08-29-2010 05:38 PM 2251 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As featured in the Let’s Build series...

Many of woodworkers receive woodworking magazine subscriptions in the mail each month and as the time goes by these magazines accumulate. These magazines are a great source for reference and also inspiration so it is nice to have them protected and organized so that we can easily access the information. Now, a woodworker can simply purchase a magazine case from the publisher or from a local discount store and be done with it. However, since we are woodworkers why not select the wood of our choice and make our own magazine case?

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 06:55 PM

Another Masterpiece…

Very COOL…

Thank you!

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 07:41 PM

wow good work man

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 02:18 AM

niice bookcases :-)
but one thing coming to my mind
when you made your two sled and again when you show the resawing on the Bs
you made them talking about the safty faktor in them and show us the sign of saftyfirst
under the resawing then I wonder why you havn´t the splitter/gard combo on the Ts
under the sawing of the panels
its not nessery for us to see the blade under the cuttingprocedure

just my 2 saftycents :-)

take care

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:32 AM

Hi Bob.

Nice job and a great idea for keeping the mags neat and orderly.
I’ve got one little improvement for you though, next time sand the insides before assembly. Loads easier.

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 05:16 AM

Joe. Thank you. Glad you are enjoying the videos!

Dub560…Appreciate the acknowledgement.

Dennis…Thank you. Here’s your safetychange…:) The splitter is is place. The cut that you see me perform is comfortable with me. You may choose another method and that’s ok with me. My hope is that you and other individuals will work safely, however you will need to decide for yourself what safety means to you and what techniques you will use. Safety first always! Thanks for voicing your concern.

BigTiny…(I’ve never known a guy called Tiny that was a little guy.) Thanks! It’s kind of nice to have the magazines organized and in one place. They are right here in my office and real convenient to reach for and put away when finished.
You bring up an excellent point about sanding the insides before assembly. Actually, both sides of the case were sanded on the drum sander prior to the assembly. You will notice that after they went through the drum sander I checked the thickness with a dial caliper. The caliper registered 3/8” dead-on and that’s what I was looking for because the rabbets were designed to be 3/16” deep.
During the assembly process you will remember that there was a glue-up, clamping, and some pin nailing. After the glue is set up and the clamps are removed you will still find some squeeze out. The squeeze out will naturally happen on the interior as well as the exterior and this is were there is still a need for sanding. Any squeeze out inside the box will take place along the joint lines. These were scraped and sanded along with the rest of the interior to 220 grit. To me that’s adequate as the area is to be filled with magazines anyway. The joinery on the exterior was touched up as well. The exterior was sanded up to 329 grit.
Plus…the truth be told …the temperature was 108 on this day. (Las Vegas, NV) Thanks for raising your concern as it is a very good point.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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