Reader Thundervoice writes:
I’m an engineer. I’m always looking for a cheaper and better way to do something. Having recently begun competing in local USPSA events, my collection of magazines has grown to the point that I’m losing precious gun safe space laying them on top of the shelf. While there are ready-made products for storing magazines in a gun safe, I decided to see if I could find a cheaper way to store my magazines on the bottom of a shelf instead of laying them on top . . .
So I spent a grand total of $2.14 at the local box home products store and bought a package of six one-inch round magnetic disks. They are one-eighth inch thick so I searched my garage for some material the same thickness and found some fiberboard under my workbench.
I cut out a 2´6 inch piece, drilled three one-inch holes in it, set three magnets in the three holes, covered each side with clear packing tape, and nailed the thing to the bottom of my shelf. It worked so well, I made a second one.
Total time invested: about 45 minutes to find the material, cut, drill, and install both.
The only downside: my largest collection of magazines turned out to be aluminum so I can’t hang them from the magnets. But give me some time and I’ll figure out an inexpensive way to store them as well.