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)
<p>Can you please share the design files if possible?</p>
<p>The goal of this and my other furniture instructables is to share what I have learned on designing and fabricating cnc/ plywood furniture. I am very willing to answer questions as best I can. At this point, I am not posting and supporting the CAD and CAM files. See step 2 for an image of all the parts. You can use this a a basis and design your own variant. Please post a photo of your results!</p>
<p>Very nice! Would you consider sharing your .dxf files? </p>
<p>Sorry, No DXF files. Step 2 shows the parts, in case you would like to draw up your own.</p>
<p>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!</p>
<p>Nice!</p><p>For others considering making their own, workislove has some good tips on his instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Shoe-organizer-bench/</p>
<p>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.</p>
Great job! Looks good!
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Love the design! Can't believe it's plywood - the finish is so nice!
What exactly are the dimensions fully assembled?
Dimensions in inches are approximately 18 height, 24 length, 13 width.
The design is wonderful - love the ventilation.

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