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DIY: Storing Comics in Old File Cabinet

I have been trying to figure out a better way to store my comics besides those ugly long boxes that have to hide in the closet. I thought a file cabinet would be cool, but they aren’t really the right dimensions for storing a row of books. I saw a couple things online about either using a legal paper file cabinet and storing two rows, or sort of criss-crossing books. I didn’t have a legal paper cabinet available and I didn’t really like the criss-cross idea, so I decided to just kinda do my own thing. This is the result. It’s super simple and basic, but I couldn’t find anywhere online where anyone was showing how to do it, so I am filling that gap. Hope this helps!

So I had this old file cabinet that I was given. They are pretty easy to come across either free or really cheap on craigslist.


But, as you can see, the problem with a file cabinet is that it is a little wide for comics:


So I just grabbed an old box and cut out some pieces to make an insert. The dimensions are below the image.


  • Long pieces are as long as your file cabinet, and are about 5 1/2″ tall. They are each cut with a notch on both sides. The notches should be approximately 2″ from the ends and as all the notches will be, about 1/8″ thick. I cut the notches about 3″ deep.
  • End pieces should be 16″ wide (if your cabinet is the same 12″ width as mine) and about 9″ tall. To fit your comics nice and snug, the end pieces should have the notches cut from center about 3 7/8″ on each side, for a total width of 7 3/4″ (you can check the math, I think it’s right!). Each end piece should have 2 inches folded over on both sides. so that the total width is now 12″ like the file cabinet! I cut these about 2″ deep

Then you put them together and this is what you get:



Now, I had originally just stuck these in the filing cabinet as is, but, like all good projects, I couldn’t just leave it alone, so I decided to add a “book end” to keep the books from sliding if the row wasn’t full. I had to take everything out to do this, so if you think you want something like this, probably do it now, before you get everything put together!

The piece is pretty simple.


It’s about 12″ wide and 9″ tall. The notches are the same width as the end pieces, 3 7/8″ from the middle to each side. The only reason this has the circles cut into it, is because I was using a banana box, they don’t really serve any purpose! The notches are about 6 1/2″ deep to the bottom of the circles, and as above, they are about 1/8″ thick. Like I said, simple.

Then attach the book end from underneath:


And you can now put the whole thing in your file cabinet:

P1060908_smallThe back of the cabinet is actually movable so if your long pieces are a little short you can tighten it right to them.

Now put your books in:


And then tighten the book end:


And there you have it!

I even added little labels to indicate which books were in which drawer:


To make this cabinet EVEN cooler, I have a very cool project in mind that I hope to share soon!



I haven’t used this blog in awhile, but I think I would like to get back to it. I don’t think I will worry specifically about formatting each post in a uniform way. I just want to talk about some stuff I’ve been reading that I find interesting and also have a place to keep a list of my comics.

Last spring my brother saw a back issue of TMNT vol.1 issue 25, and thought I might think it was cool. I did. I thought it was so cool, in fact, that I decided to start collecting the series. That started me off. Since then I have started collecting the new series of TMNT, as well as The Walking Dead, Preacher, Sandman, and a few other smaller titles. It has become something way bigger than I would imagine my brother thought it would be when he bought me that $3 back issue!

So, I have a bunch of comic stuff to post on here. I also have read a bunch of books that I have read over the last year, a few of which were the final volumes of trilogies. I’d like to write some about the books, and the trilogies as whole stories.

Anyway, as I said above, I don’t intend to kill myself with formatting every post in such a uniform manner as I did in the past, and I hope that will make it easier for me to want to keep at it. Happy Reading!

Shedding Light on My Reader

Another great buy for me this weekend in Boston was the case w/ light for my¬† Sony Reader Pocket Edition. We went to some upscale mall which I thought I was going to hate, but they had a Sony store inside so I ran in while Stephanie went to American Eagle. I found a case w/ light for a pocket reader, but it was for the new touch-screen version which I don’t have, and it cost $40 which I also don’t have, but when I was talking to the guy he went out back and found me one for the older pocket reader. It was on clearance for $10! So now I can read in bed without having to leave the bedroom light on which my wife is very happy about, and hopefully it will mean that I can get some more reading time in!