Showcase prints, framed art, or your favorite magazines on this slender, easy-to-move rack you can make in a weekend.
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From the 1 x 3 board, cut two spacers 3-1/2 inches long. Then cut three back braces 10-1/2 inches long. The two 1 x 4 boards will be used at their full length. Sand the boards and both 1 x 4s as needed with 120-grit sandpaper and wipe clean.
On the back face of the 1 x 4 boards, mark what will be the top ends. Measure down from the top and mark a board at 16-1/8 inches, 34-3/4 inches, and 58-3/8 inches. Lay the boards edge-to-edge with the ends flush and use a square to transfer the marks to the other board.
Lay the 1 x 4 boards face-down on a flat work surface and place the 3-1/2-inch spacers between them near the top. Then use a square to check that the ends are flush. Glue and screw one of the 10-1/2-inch back braces to the uprights with the top edge of the brace even with the first pair of marks.
Slide the spacers to the center, and glue and screw the center back brace to the uprights with the top brace edge against the marks. Move the spacers to the bottom to repeat for the final back brace.
Flip the assembled rack with the back braces facing down. Use a square to mark lines across both upright boards centered along the back braces underneath. Then mark the centers of both uprights along the lines.
Drill 1/16-inch pilot holes at each mark on both uprights.
Paint or stain the display rack the color of your choice. For the finish shown, mix equal amounts of paint (Lincoln Cottage Black) and water. Brush on light coats of finish until you achieve the depth of color you want.
Insert the L-shape screw hooks in the pilot holes only until the screw threads are buried in the wood. To protect painted walls, add felt pads to the back faces of the uprights where they lean against the wall. If you plan to place the display on a hard-surface floor, add gripper pads to the bottom ends of the uprights.