Picture of Shoe Bench made with CNC Router and Laser
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Here is a shoe storage bench for an entryway.  It was cut from 3/4, 1/2 and 1/8 inch plywood with a CNC router and laser cutter.

The goal of this design was a rigid, light  bench.  It must also be strong enough to stand on, and have  good ventilation properties for the shoes.  The person requesting the bench wanted the shoes to be concealed  from view when facing the back (this bench was not going to be placed against a wall.) 

This build was also an experiment using a combination of blind mortises and pocket screws for construction.

I made it at Techshop

Step 1: Tools and materials


- CNC router
- Router bits ( 1/4 upcut, 1/4 downcut, 1/8 mortise) bit
- Pocket screw kit (jig, drill driver)
- Clothes iron (for edge banding)
- Edge band trimmer
- screwdriver (electric)
- 3 foot bar clamps (4)
- Paint brushes
- Finish sander


- 3/4 plywood (1/2 sheet with plenty of leftover)
- 1/2 plywood (1/4 sheet)
- 1/8 plywood (18x 24 inch)
-  veneer edge band (20 feet)
- wood glue
- pocket screws mostly 1 inch and some  1 1/4 inch
- 220/350 grit sandpaper
- furniture finish (I used water based polyurethane)
vegolf6 months ago

Very nice! Would you consider sharing your .dxf files?

dogtooth (author)  vegolf6 months ago

Sorry, No DXF files. Step 2 shows the parts, in case you would like to draw up your own.

workislove made it!7 months ago

Well, I finished mine. I took the idea of your vent holes and incorporated it into all sides of my design. I'm also going to make a padded top to go with my bench. Thanks for the inspiration!

dogtooth (author)  workislove7 months ago


For others considering making their own, workislove has some good tips on his instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Shoe-organizer-bench/

workislove8 months ago

I love this look. I'm in the middle of designing something similar and stumbled on this instructable. I especially like your lattice design - not only does it help the back bend, but it adds ventilation and looks great. I'm definitely going to try adding some kind of lattice to my back and maybe sides as well.

Great job! Looks good!
Love the design! Can't believe it's plywood - the finish is so nice!
What exactly are the dimensions fully assembled?
dogtooth (author)  Ironsloth19932 years ago
Dimensions in inches are approximately 18 height, 24 length, 13 width.
The design is wonderful - love the ventilation.