Before this project, I hadn’t touched a power tool since ‘the accident’. For those of you who aren’t in the know, I basically mangled two of the fingers on my right hand with a circular saw. Yup. You can read more about it here.
The physical healing took about two months, but I have this new fear about picking up a tool. I’d tell myself in my head, ‘Hey, you can do it. It was just an accident, you’ll be alright. Pick up that drill!’, then I’d start a different project and tell myself I’d do it next time.
The delays with material delivery were a blessing in disguise, but this weekend I finally put on my big girl pants and pulled out my shiny new Bosch tools to make my take on their ‘X-Shaped Newspaper Rack’.
I couldn’t have started with an easier project. The instructions were great, but very... succinct and scientific. So I made a video that explained the project ‘Lady Style’, meaning that I’ve both videoed and written descriptive, but not necessarily succinct instructions. So, if you’re doing this project you can use the three types of tutorials to make sure you do it right!
Available here. Watch and read, I made a different version that leaves some materials out.
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Get your wood cut to size at your local hardware store. Generally the first two cuts are free, and it’s a hell of a lot easier than cutting yourself, not to mention cheaper than buying the proper saw to cut those lengths.
Measure out the X on your wooden pieces. I, in true ‘Lady Style’, got my pieces of wood cut to the wrong dimensions… do de dooo… so my X was a little different than the one outlined in the instructions. If you’re interested, I cut 454mm x 250mm and the legs were 7cm thick.
Put in an 8mm drill bit in the drill, then drill a hole in the corner of each of the arms of the X. Make sure you drill outside the pencil line so you’re not drilling through the saw line and therefore making your cut wonky.
Take your saw and saw up the edges of the X, turning where the drilled holes are. Ah! That’s what they’re for. Use a steady, even pressure and stop when your hand gets tired. In the end you’ll have 4 triangle shaped offcuts than can go in the bin. Seriously, don’t even kid yourself they’ll come in handy. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other X.
Sand! This is the hardest part, and as I mention in the video, it’s much easier if you get your cuts right in the first place. I clamped the two X’s together so that I sanded them evenly, started with a course grit and moved to a fine grit.
With your X’s still clamped, drill your 3 holes for the shelf supports with a 4.5mm bit. Clamping and drilling will make sure the holes line up when you put the shelf supports in. One hole goes right in the middle of the X, the other two on the longer ends. I eyeballed it so that one support would be higher than the other and make a point of interest.
While the paint is drying, cut 3 lengths of the aluminium and dowel to 340mm. Once again, cut it straight, or you’ll have to expend energy sanding it back. I also drilled a guide hole in the middle of each of the ends of the dowel for the screws to go into.
I went off book with this step, instead of cutting more wood to size for the shelves, I used some white rope and wound it around the supports, securing the ends with a hot glue gun. I also secured a piece of the rope around the end of each aluminium pole, covering over the cut ends.
You’ve now got yourself a neat little rack for magazines! Bosch were lovely and provided all the tools for me, I especially loved the hand sander.
Stay tuned for my next Bosch project, where I tackle a kitchen trolley!