In this Instructable I'll demonstrate how to make a shoe rack for under $25 out of wooden crates commonly found at big box stores (prices vary from about $4 to $10). While I chose to use this set of shelves as a shoe rack, it could be used for many other purposes.
x4 Wooden Crates
Scrap Wood (I was lucky to find some boards in a scrap wood bin that matched the depth of the crates)
Saw (I used a circular saw)
Step 1: Attaching the Crates
Once the crates were in the desired configuration I attached them together with wood screws. After assembling the two halves I joined them together with wood glue and clamps (not pictured - sorry) and where the crate's wood is thickest (the side of the crates) using wood screws.
Step 2: Adding Shelves
As I said in the intro, I lucked out and found some scrap wood that fit the depth of the crates perfectly. I checked around some big box stores and purchased four scrap boards for less than a dollar a piece.
I cut the boards to the appropriate length so they fit in the crates (6 small shelves and 1 long shelf) then glued and screwed them in place after marking the crates into three equal compartments.
Step 3: Finishing
While the shoe rack looked nice with plain wood I decided to add a dark stain. After sanding I applied the stain to the rack making sure to get every nook and cranny (in between the slats is especially hard to get so I resorted to using a cotton swab).
After letting the stain dry and applying a couple coats of polyurethane the shoe rack was ready for its new home (and more than a few pairs of shoes!)
Hope you enjoyed the Instructable, thanks for reading!