Luckily I had a left over of some plywood of another project I'm working on (instructable is coming :)). I boght a small aluminium profile, worked for about 1h and now I'm happy with the result!
Step 1: The Stuff
The bench we already had in our apartment, the plywood is a left over and the aluminium profile you get for some $ at your shop.
I just used some basic tools:
- jig saw
- orbital sander
- cordless drill
- hand saw
- sanding paper
- oil finishing
and you'll need some small screws too.
So I spent about the money you spend for a beer in a bar to build a small improvement for our entrance.
Step 2: Mesuring and Cutting
4 corners of the wooden board had to be cut out. Because I didn't know exactly how much I've to cut out I marked something I thought might do it on both sides. The Idea was, that I cut it out, put it under the bench, cut out some more etc. To finally get the right cut-out! But I was lucky - my first guess turned out to be ok. The angle for the shoes was fine but it I still had to cut the right angle where the board meets the legs of the bench, as you see in the picture.
All cutting was done with a simple jig saw.
Step 3: Sanding and Finishing
The board was already quite smooth, so I just had to sand (by hand) the cut out parts and some dirt (including my pencil marks) off the surface.
I used an orbital sander for the surface (120 then 240 paper). When everything was smooth enough I painted it with an oil finish I had in my workshop. It's a colorless oil. I quite like it because it gives a good protection (water and dirt from the shoes) to the wood but doesn't change its appearece!
After whiping off the left over oil from the surface I let dry the wood for about half an hour before I moved to the next step. This depends of the finishing product you use...
Step 4: Nothing Should Fall Down
Of course I don't want the shoes to fall down! So I cut the aluminium profile I bought to the correct length, drilled some holes (about every 15cm) and fixed it to the plywood!
There you go! I know it's not much but for our entrance it changes a lot! And that's what I personally like about these smaller project, that it doesn't need to be a lot of work to get some nice improvement in your everyday life! But I also like big projects ;)
Hope you like it and I'd be glad to read about your thoughts in the comments!