This magazine holder is a popular option and many furniture designers offer this to their customers. If you want to save some more money, make it yourself. Here is how you make it decently.

Materials and Supplies

  • 2 rectangular wooden planks, equally sized
  • Pencil
  • Laser wood saw
  • Ruler

The Making Steps

1We are going to make the join of both planks. We’re going to cut the middle part of the plank from the edge. The cut will be rectangular as well. The width should be consistent to the plank thickness while the length should be enough so both planks can be joined into an X shape. Get the right measurement, and draw the markings on the planks using pencil. Make sure your marking is clear enough to see. It prevents you from shifting while cutting the planks.

2Do the same markings for both planks. When the markings are ready, you can start cutting them. Use the laser wood saw to cut on the line you draw. This should create consistent shape, size, and position of joint. You should make cuts as seen in the picture.

3The next step is to combine both planks. This is basically pretty simple. You should join the planks right on the gap created from the cuts. It should be like attaching puzzle pieces. Meet both cuts and join the planks in symmetrical setting. If you attach it right and the measurement is right as well, you should see the X shape now.

4If you want to make it a permanent holder, you can use hot glue on the join. It will be better to apply generous glue on one of the cut. Then, combine both planks on it. Give it a little pressure and leave it for a while so the glue gets dry. This will connect both planks nicely. Using hot glue is far easier than using nail to join them. However, leaving them without glue or nail jobs is fine too. This design should secure the holder nicely. The perk of not making it permanent is that you can actually fold and store it when you need to.

5The other option is to finish the planks with paint. If you want to paint the planks, you should do it after making the join cuts. It makes sure the hidden spot is well covered with paint as well. In alternative to it, you can give the planks a transparent layer just to protect it and leave it with its original color. It makes perfect rustic piece and it makes a perfect match to almost all modern and traditional décor style.