One of my next projects is a magazine rack for our hair salon.
I drew up a short list of requirements:
- Wall mounted so the magazines can be removed from the coffee table
- Only big enough for around 6 magazines so we don’t have piles of old magazines in the salon
- Quite challenging to build for a beginner (only my 2nd project) but not too hard, no hand cut dovetails please!
After a few sketches and a couple of attempts in SketchUp I have a design I am quite happy with. The proportions are wrong at the moment and I will make it about 4 inches shorter in height which will improve the proportions and make sure the title of each magazine is easy to read.
The final rack will be around 18 inches wide, 11 inches high and made from 1/2” stock, in this case it will be solid rubber wood.
While I am happy with the design I am struggling with how to actually put it together and deciding what kind of joints I should be using. I know I could screw and plug everything but I would like to at least attempt to build some of this rack using joinery.
This is what I am thinking so far:
- The back slots into a dado in the sides, leaving space behind it for a French cleat
- The bottom and sides are joined with box joints, this will be a challenge for me
- The slatted front part is put together with mortice and tenons, a big challenge and maybe it will be too difficult for me to accurately cut that number of joints in one work piece
What I am really not sure on:
- How is the front slatted section fixed to the sides?
- Should be back be secured to the sides or left to float to allow for wood movement?
I may be biting off more than I can chew for my current skill level but designing the piece myself is just as important to me as actually building it. If anybody has time enough to help me on a good way to put this rack together I would be very happy to receive some guidance.