How To Build a Newspaper Rack

Building a newspaper rack is a fun project that only takes a few hours. Supplies can be easily found at local hardware and/or home improvements stores.


  • 1/2 inch #3 roundhead screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Acrylic glue (optional)
  • Sheet of acrylic
  • Wood stain or varnish (optional)
  • 1” wood dowels (at least 84” in length)
  • Wood – 1” by 3” to cut into pieces that are 13 7/8” long
  • Some type of clamp.

Step #1:  Start by sectioning off four 1” wooden dowels, they will need to be 21” long.  Sand all of the edges until they are smooth.

Step #2:  Cut the 2 sheets of 3/16” acrylic.  Measurements should be 8 inches tall and 13 7/8” inches wide.  Do not remove protective liner from the sheet of acrylic until it is ready to place.  Also if the acrylic sheets are being cut at home it is important to use a fine plywood blade.

Step #3:  Using a clamp, stack the two 14” boards and two 14” acrylic sheets together, put a piece of scrap wood on the bottom.  Mark the spots that will need to be drilled.  The center of the end – 3/4” in up & 1 1/2” from the ends.  Measure  3 5/8” & 3/4” up, mark this spot as well.  Move over another 3 5/8” and up 3/4”, this will be the third mark you should make.  Follow the same directions to mark the fourth spot.  The fourth should be approximately 1 1/2” from the end of the board.

Step #4:  Drill a 1 inch hole, so that the center of the hole is on the mark.  Take caution when drilling the holes. They should line up so the dowels fit in easily.

Step #5:  Make two separate piles (one piece of wood & one piece of acrylic to each pile).  Double check to make sure the holes line up and clamp.  Drill a 1/16” that is 3/8” deep into the wood.  Remove clamp and drill 1/16” holes into the acrylic.  Smooth edges with proper sandpaper.

Step #6:  Pre-drill (2) holes in the 19” by 8” acrylic.  Mark the first 1” from bottom and 1/2” from edge.  The other hole should be 1” above the first.  Mark same dimension on the 1” by 3” end of each piece of wood.  Pre-drill with 1/16” drill bit going  3/8” deep.

Step #7:  Sand the wooden dowels and inside of all 1” holes.

Step #8:  Screw acrylic sheets tot eh wood using 1/2” screws.

Step #9: Place the wood so the acrylic sheets face towards each other.  Insert the dowels leaving 1-inch outside of the wood on each side.

Step #10:  Using the ½” screws, attach the acrylic sheets to the back (use the pre-drilled holes for a guide).


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