Roll your own back issue boxes

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Roll your own back issue boxes

This one made me smile. Back in the late ’70s, a friend of mine, a machinist, gave me a sheet metal version of a back issue box template as a gift, the same basic one used here. I went nuts, cutting and folding dozens (and dozens) of boxes for my large magazine, small press, and zine collection. These handmade boxes still grace my shelves, and like this Instructable author, I get a special charge out of the boxes I made myself over the commercial ones. Sometimes, simple projects stick with you, have an impact far greater than your expectations and time invested. This box template represents one such memory for me.

Homemade Cardboard Magazine Box – Link

4 thoughts on “Roll your own back issue boxes

  1. Eric C. says:

    Another simple way to make magazine boxes, is to cut discarded Cereal Boxes into a like shape.

    It looks tacky as hell, but who is going to judge your style when you’re keeping your tomes of porno mags tidy?

  2. Ben says:

    Could I make the same thing out of actual sheet metal? I am not sure how to cut and fold sheet metal, but I imagine that I could do so with tin snips and the sheet metal folding break the author of the instructable wished he had.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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