Magazine file turned shelf

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About This Project

A long time ago I saw a picture of an old magazine file turned on it's side and used as a shelf. I loved it. And it had a curve that I loved too. After waiting over a year for vintage magazine file to fall into my lap, I decided it was time for me to take action.

I have it attached in the corner by my son's bed. It is a perfect little spot to hold his glasses, water, pills, and of course Darth Vader.

A few changes I made-
After cutting the side panels I drew a curve on them. It was 12 inches tall, and I started the curve up 4 inches from the front. I used painters tape to hold the 2 side pieces together and cut them on my scroll saw, you could also use a jig saw.

The old one in the picture had a whole on the front, so I added one too.

Because I planned to turn this on it's side, I attached the front and back to the bottom first. Then attached the sides. That way the sides rest on the back and front for a little support. I had to adjust the width on all sides for that.

It was super quick and super easy.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
some blue oops paint I had
Estimated Cost: 
all scraps - so free for me