Problem: The entryway is a mess full of shoes. I'm tired of stepping on them and can barely open the door to leave or enter.
Solution: Build a shoe rack.
Step 1: Planning
One could use AutoCAD, ProE, Google SketchUp, but sometimes a pen and paper is all you need.
Think ahead: I do not have a vast selection of tools (being jammed into a small townhouse) so I tried to make this as minimal as possible. I was going to use nails or screws but was afraid of fastening into the end grain, which has a tendancy to split the wood, so I just used good old fashion wood glue.
SAFETY: Use your brain.
Step 2: Materials
3/8" Dowels - 48" Long (Qty 9)
1"x2"x2' (Qty 4) - You could buy a 1x2x8 and cut to length, but unfortunately I do not have a table saw at home. I bought the precut ones, trick is to find some that are cut square. Just stand them up on end. The ones that fall over are not square.
Hand Saw/Table Saw
Tape measure (square will work too)
Step 3: Layout
Measure twice, Cut once!!!
Step 4: Drill/Cut
Hint: Set depth guage on drill to ensure the hole does not go through the wood. I recommend 3/8"-1/2" deep holes.
Cut dowels to length with the saw and hand sand the rough ends.
Step 5: Dry Fit Up
Hint. Install dowels on one side first, then assemble other side as shown in picture.