A wall-mounted solution is the answer for small rooms.
SHOP OWNER: Charles Mak
LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Several years ago I made a few floor-type magazine racks. While they were fine for my living room and family room, they simply took up too much space to be put in a bathroom. As such, magazines that found their way into our bathroom were usually left stacked on the floor, that is, until now. A recent issue of American Woodworker magazine featured a mission style wall-mounted magazine rack and I realized a wall-mounted solution was what I had always needed.
I immediately got familiar with the project details and bought enough quarter sawn white oak for, not one, but four magazine racks, one for each bathroom!
I don't have a dedicated mortising machine, so I employed my router and some handwork in making the mortises. This was the most time consuming part of the project. I used the stain recommended in the article but for some reason it didn't get me the mission effect as shown in the magazine. I had to sand off all the stain and then I applied a coat of Varathane Early American 266 stain followed by three protective coats, which gave a much better result.
I've finished two of the racks, which are shown here. This whole project of four racks will have cost me about $80 (lumber, stain, and keyhole hangers), averaging $20 each. There are always some reasons to be joyful about the change of seasons. Spending more time in my shop in the fall is one of them - two more magazine racks to go!
. . . Charles Mak