A desktop file holder is a great office accessory. It provides
easy and immediate access to the files you’re currently
working with so you don’t wear a path between your
desk and your file cabinet. Our desktop file holder is
strong, portable and a snap to make.The only technique
that may be new to you is cutting threads with a die. If
you’ve never done this before, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun
and easy and it’s one of those techniques you’ll wonder
how you ever got along without.
• Start by selecting your wood. We chose 1/2-in.ApplePly
(see Sources, below) because it’s stable, free of voids and it
looks cool with the exposed cap nuts.
• Cut the two 10-1/4-in. by 13-5/8-in. end pieces.
• Lay out and drill the four holes for the steel rod.
• Use a quarter to lay out the corner radius.
• Round over the edges on a router table with a 3/16-in.
• Cut the stainless steel rod (brass works well too) into
• Cut threads on both ends of the
rod with a 1/4-in. die (see photo
• Sand and finish the sides and
Bring your finished file holder
to work and you’ll soon be taking
orders for more!
Click any image to view a larger version.
Use a 1/4in. die (see Sources,
below) to cut 1-in. threads on each end
of the rod. Slightly round the ends of
the rod to remove burrs and make it
easier to start the die. Keep the die
level and use slight downward pressure
to start the cut. Once the die begins to
cut it will guide itself. Keep the cutter
lubricated with a little light machine oil