X-shaped newspaper rack

 
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X-shaped newspaper rack

More than just a newspaper rack: this shapely piece of furniture stores reading material in a decorative way.

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Are you a regular newspaper reader? Then you probably have a lot of newspapers lying around. This double-X newspaper rack is an extremely decorative way of storing your reading material next to a sofa or armchair.

If possible, ask your DIY store or carpenter to cut the required boards to size.

The following assembly instructions apply to 19 and 6-mm-thick medium-density fibreboards (MDF). Adapt the list of materials accordingly if you opt for other materials or thicknesses.

The two X-shaped side panels are held together at the bottom by aluminium tubes. The two shelves, which sit on shelf supports with holding pegs, stabilise the construction.

To fix the aluminium tubes to the X-shaped side panels from outside, we have inserted wooden dowel bars, which have appropriate diameter and the same length as the tubes, into the tubes.

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Required power tools:

Other accessories:

  • Set of wood drill bits with centring tip
  • Countersink bit
  • Sanding paper with grits of 240, 220, 180 and 150
  • Folding rule, soft pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener
  • Cover sheeting or newspapers
  • Square timbers
  • Hacksaw
  • Small clamp
  • Face mask, protective glasses and gloves

Required materials:

  • Medium-density fibreboard (MDF)
  • Aluminium tube
  • Dowel bar
  • Shelf supports
  • Flat head screws
  • Paint, priming filler, possibly nitrocellulose thinner

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Item

pcs

Designation

Length

Width

Thickness

Material

0

2

Sides

454 mm

350 mm

19 mm

MDF

1

2

Shelves

320 mm

226 mm

6 mm

MDF

2

3

Aluminium tube

340 mm

3

3

Dowel bar

340 mm

10 mm

19 mm

4

8

Shelf supports

5

6

Flat head screws, 4 x 40 mm

6

8

Flat head screws, 3.5 x 17 mm

7

approx. 1.5 l

Paint + 10% water or nitrocellulose thinner

8

approx. 0.5 l

Priming filler + water or nitrocellulose thinner as per manufacturer’s instructions

9

approx. 27

Flat head screws, 4 x 35 mm

10

3

Flat head screws, 4 x 25 mm

11

5

Flat head screws, 5 x 50 mm

1

Marking and sawing out the X contour

1 - Marking and sawing out the X contour
Marking and sawing out the X contour

First of all, use a pencil to transfer the contour of the X-shaped side panels onto the contour boards according to the specifications in the drawing.

2

Drilling the saw hole

2 - Drilling the saw hole
Drilling the saw hole

Drill an 8 mm hole at each inner corner of the X to enable you to cleanly pull the saw blade out or to turn it 90°. Drill the holes so that their edges only touch the pencil lines, and do not intersect them. If you do not like the look of the small curves, you can remove them using a file.

3

Sawing out the X contour

3 - Sawing out the X contour
Sawing out the X contour

Clamp the contour board on the work bench using the screw clamp. Saw along the outside of each marked line until you reach the hole at the inner corner. You should clamp the workpiece when doing this.

4

Clamping with the screw clamps

4 - Clamping with the screw clamps
Clamping with the screw clamps

First of all, decide which will be the inside and which the outside of the X-shaped side panels and mark them accordingly. Since all holes have to face each other in an exact mirror image, we recommend clamping both side panels together with the insides facing inwards. In this way, you only need to mark on one side the positions for drilling holes that will be screwed into later. The exact dimensions of the drilled holes can be found in the design drawing.

5

Drilling the screw holes

5 - Drilling the screw holes
Drilling the screw holes

Now use the 4.5-mm wood drill bit to drill the screw holes for the 4-mm screws that will be driven through both X-shaped side panels. Then countersink the holes on the outsides.

6

Fitting the shelf supports

Place the X-shaped side panels on their outer surface and use a pencil to mark the eight positions of the shelf supports according to the specifications in the design drawing. Mount the supports using the screws (3.5 x 17 mm).

7

Cutting the aluminium tubes to length

Use the hacksaw to cut the three aluminium tubes and the hand saw to cut the three dowel bars to a length of 320 mm.

8

Surface treatment

8 - Surface treatment
Surface treatment

First read the manufacturer’s safety and handling instructions thoroughly. You should cover your work surface carefully with film or old newspapers.

Sand down the surfaces and edges using the sander and sanding paper with a grit of 240. Chamfer the edges with sanding paper with a grit of 150 at a 45° angle until a small bevel is created.

Apply the priming filler with a roller or with a spray gun. Allow it to dry completely.

MDF tips

MDF surfaces are highly absorbent. You should prime them with undercoat. When doing so, you may need to pay particular attention to the edges (i.e. apply several layers). You can skip the time-consuming task of sealing the absorbent surfaces with thick paint that fills bumps, scratches and pores in the boards by using MDF with a primer film. This MDF guarantees a perfect finish without fillers, at least on the surfaces. Finely sand the primed surfaces and edges; increase the grit of the sanding paper from 180 to 220 to 240.

9

Preparing for painting

9 - Preparing for painting
Preparing for painting

A wide range of paints are available, of various types and price categories. Important criteria in choosing a paint should be its workability, the technical equipment you have at home, and the surface quality and durability you require. Ask for advice at a specialist retail outlet and have a go at painting on a sample piece. A higher-quality alternative is, for example, polyurethane paint, which consists of two components and is applied with a spray gun. To make this paint, mix base paint and hardener according to the manufacturer’s instructions and fill the spray gun with the mixture.

Wear a face mask, protective glasses and gloves when working.

10

Painting the newspaper rack

10 - Painting the newspaper rack
Painting the newspaper rack

Paint the inner surfaces and undersides first: place the board on two square timbers, so that it is “floating”, so to speak. This makes it easier to paint the edges later on.

Using a test board, adjust the spray jet at the nozzle and the paint flow at the setting wheel. Depending on the direction you are spraying in, set the spray jet to horizontal or vertical for surfaces and tapered for edges.

Spray on the paint in even, parallel strokes that overlap by approximately four centimetres. Carefully put the parts to one side until the surfaces have dried completely.

The outer surface, top sides and edges are done next. This time, begin with the latter. To do this, the gun must be held at a right angle, so that the edges are covered with paint but the (already painted) inner surface or underside remains dry. Adjust the nozzle of the spray gun straight away and continue working without interruption on the outer surface.

11

Joining together the X-shaped side panels

11 - Joining together the X-shaped side panels
Joining together the X-shaped side panels Joining together the X-shaped side panels

Insert the dowel bars, which have been cut to length, into the aluminium tubes.

Now hold the first filled aluminium tube with your left hand precisely in the middle of one of the pre-drilled holes and fix it from outside using the cordless screwdriver and a 4 x 40 mm flat head screw. Do the same in a mirror image with the second X side. Both side panels are now firmly fixed on the worktop and cannot tip over. Now all you have to do is insert the other two tubes and fix them with screws.

12

Drilling and inserting the shelves

12 - Drilling and inserting the shelves
Drilling and inserting the shelves Drilling and inserting the shelves

Place the shelves in their final position on the pegs of the shelf supports. Then mark the positions of each of the four pegs on the undersides of the shelves.

Place the shelves on the work surface with the underside facing upwards. Drill the holes for the pegs using the 5-mm wood drill bit. Now all you have to do is insert the shelves and the X-shaped newspaper rack is finished.

13

Done!

13 - Done!
Done!


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Bosch does not accept any responsibility for the instructions stored here. Bosch would also like to point out that you follow these instructions at your own risk. For your own safety, please take all the necessary precautions.


 

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