How to Make Magazine Storage Containers

Updated: Jun. 17, 2019

Get organized fast with this simple project for making your own wooden storage bins for your magazine collection.

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Need a good way to archive your old how-to magazines? Build these simple wood storage bins and have all your important reference materials at your fingertips instead of lost in a towering pile.

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An hour or less
Less than $20

Building the wooden storage bins

Photo 1: Mark the cuts

To begin building these wooden storage containers, first cut the 1/4-in. plywood into eight 11-1/2-in. x 11-in. pieces. Use a 5-gallon bucket to trace a graceful S-curve from the 11-1/2-in.-high corner across the plywood to a 6-in. mark on the opposite side. Simply establish a smooth curve.

Photo 2: Cut the curves

Stack pairs so the best sides face each other and tape all the sheets together flush at the edges. “Gang cut” the curve with a jigsaw or a band saw.

Photo 3: Nail the pieces

Saw pine boards into 6-, 9-1/2- and 11-1/2-in. lengths. Drill 1-in.-diameter finger pulls in the 6-in. pieces, then nail the frames together. Nail the sides to the frames with 1-in. finish nails, sand as needed and apply a finish.

Finally got the time to build that project in Family Handyman from three years ago? Great…if you can find the right issue! Build these wooden storage bins and stock them with an orderly archive, and you’ll have instant access to years of projects and plans. You can build four bins from one 2 x 4-ft. sheet of 1/4-in. plywood and two 6-ft.-long 1x4s.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Air compressor
  • Air hose
  • Brad nail gun
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Jigsaw
  • Orbital sander
  • Safety glasses
You’ll also need a 5-gallon bucket.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 1 x 4 pine
  • 1/4-in. plywood