Magazine Hole Punch

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Project by timothyee posted 05-09-2012 03:20 AM 6492 views 31 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like storying my woodworking magazines in notebooks. Most magazines don’t come with holes punched in them to fit a notebook, so I decided to make my own. By the way, most hole punches that are affordable can not punch holes in a magazine. I made this one out of some scrape pieces of wood I had laying around the shop.


-- timothyee, Florida,

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#1 posted 05-09-2012 03:37 AM

Woodsmith and Shopnotes had holes punched in them…and colorful binders to store them in…

Nice jig though, I need to make one of those as well.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 05-09-2012 03:57 AM

Nice jig!

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#3 posted 05-09-2012 05:33 AM

Welcoime to LJ!! Nice jig, but how do you punch the holes? are those inserts sharp?

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#4 posted 05-09-2012 01:22 PM

Good idea. Do you drill the holes out?

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#5 posted 05-09-2012 03:00 PM

Oh yes, tell us more about how it works. My daughter always takes my more “sissy” version of a hole punch and I need something with “More Power!”

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 05-09-2012 03:44 PM

My wife has some thicker sheet music soft-cover books she wants to be able to punch…definitely tell us how it works!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 05-09-2012 10:50 PM

Timothy Welcome to LJ it a great site for wood worker of all skill levels great bunch here. i like those i got to use this one i get shop notes and they sell a binder but why buy when i can make these thanks for sharing

great build on that book case too

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#8 posted 05-09-2012 11:01 PM

Hi Timothy, it would appear the 1/4” t-nuts are being used as a guide bushing to run a drill bit through. I would assume he is using 3/16” brad point bit for drilling the holes in the magazines, or have you drilled out the inside of the T-nuts with a 1/4” steel bit so the T-nut bushing will accept a 1/4” bit brad point bit?

Dan Hergott

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 03:36 AM

Thanks for all the comments and questions! Rather than try and answer all question individually I put together this “how to” document. I don’t guarantee everything is right but should get you close if you want to build one. I actually made a video I may try to post, but this was my first and not very good. Plus I haven’t figured out how to post a video or where. If you have any other questions just ask. Thanks again, hope this helps! Magazine Hole Punch:
1. Base piece from plywood cut to 10”x13”x3/4”
2. Vertical guide piece cut to 7/8”x13”x3/4”
3. Horizontal guide piece cut to 7/8”x 9 ¾”x3/4”
4. Stopper piece cut to 1 ½” x 11”x1/4”
5. Knob from 3/8 dowel cut 1 1/2”
6. Two 5/16” x 2 ½” carriage bolts with wing nuts
7. And three T-nuts ¼” x # 20×9/16”.
1. Drill
2. Drill press
3. Saw of choice
4. ¼, 3/8 and 5/16 drill bits
5. Forstner bit

1. First, cut the base piece of plywood to 10” x 13”.
2. Next you will need to cut a vertical guide piece out of solid wood (pine) cut to 7/8” x 13”.
3. And then to cut a horizontal guide piece out of solid wood pine cut to 7/8” x 9 ¾”.
4. Also cut a stopper piece 1 ½” x 11”.
5. Drill six holes in the vertical guide piece. Five holes will be 5/16 and one will be 3/8.
6. Two holes will be for the carriage bolts and need to be drilled near both end of the piece. Optional: Turn the base over and using a forstner bit expand the hole so the carriage bolts will be counter sunk into the base.
7. Three of the holes will be drilled for your T-nuts and will be spaced to fit your notebook. Note: I found that if you get 6 shorter t-nuts and put one on each side of verticle guide, it makes cleaner holes.
8. The last hole will be for a 3/8 dowel that will be used as a knob to raise and lower the vertical piece.
9. HINT: Take a piece of notebook paper and use it as a template to mark your holes.
10. REMEMBER: These holes will need to be located so that once the magazine is slid against the horizontal guide piece into the vertical guide, the holes drilled in magazine will cause it to fit evenly in your notebook.
11. Next you will need to drill two holes in your base to match the carriage bolt holes in the vertical guide. Use the vertical guide as your template.
12. Tap the 3 T-nuts in the 3 notebook holes on the vertical guide.
13. Next drill the 3 T-nuts out with a ¼” drill bit.
14. Now, mount the carriage bolts through the base and through the vertical guide and then add the wing nuts and tighten down vertical piece.
15. Butt the horizontal guide against the vertical guide and even with the bottom of the base and mount with 3 sheet rock screws or glue and nails.
16. The last thing you need to do is to cut and mount a 1 ½ piece of dowel in the 3/8 hole drilled earlier.
Conclusion: Now you’re ready to give it a test run. Place a magazine or two on the base with the bottom of the magazine against the horizontal guide slide the magazine until it hits the stopper. Now tighten down the wing nuts and drill your holes with a hand drill and a ¼” drill bit. Then put the magazine in your favorite notebook or binder.

-- timothyee, Florida,

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#10 posted 05-10-2012 12:19 PM

wow thanks for the detailed explanation!

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#11 posted 05-10-2012 12:48 PM

Thanks for a great write-up. Do the holes come out pretty clean with the drill?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 05-10-2012 01:27 PM

^this is really clever!!!

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#13 posted 05-10-2012 03:56 PM

Thanks again for the comments! BinghamtonEd the holes do come out clean if you use 6 t-nuts instead of 3. You will need to buy T-nuts that are short enough to drive in the top of the verticle piece (see picture) and then turn it over and drive 3 in the opposite side without them pushing the opposing t-nut out. Then when you clamp it down with the wing nuts you will not have the slop from the 5/16” hole created for the t-nut. Hope this helps!

-- timothyee, Florida,

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#14 posted 05-11-2012 08:04 PM

Fantastic idea! Can’t wait to steal it!

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#15 posted 05-28-2012 12:44 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to You might win!

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