How valuable can a Field and Stream from 1980 be?
Pretty valuable as it turns out. So it and its brothers now have homes in a series of these. Because I am not allowed to dispose of that 35 year old paper, I decided to stash them all inside a home-made mag file. This is what I did:
I found that a Family Sized Cheerios box is the same size as some of the old office bookshelf files. So I traced the height and angles onto the outside of the cereal box,
…and I measured the distances in case you do not have an old office file to trace. Draw a horizontal 4″ line across the box top from one edge toward the center. Measure 5 1/2″ down from the top on the box side, and draw another horizontal line. Connect the end points of each line… ↓
I cut away the triangles on front and back and the corresponding rectangles on the box sides.
Just so I could make the next Mag Holder faster, I recorded all the measurements on a sketch and…
I drew a pattern on freezer paper
I diluted white glue and smeared [not spread] it onto one side of the box. Then I carefully matched the edge of the box on the hem and pressed and smoothed the fabric to remove air bubbles and wrinkles. I worked my way around the box repeating the process and folded the terminal hem under at the end. I folded the raw edges over the top to the inside and glued and clipped in place with clothes pins. Binder clips, or paper clips work too. Last, I wrapped the bottom of the box like a present. Lots of glue and smooth folds are key here. I pressed in the folds to make sharp and flat corners. Otherwise the Mag Holder will wobble when it’s full of magazines.