Introduction: Shoe / Boot Rack

Picture of Shoe / Boot Rack

This is a 100% wooden rack that can hold 24 pairs of shoes, and 2 pairs of boots. There are various cubby sizes to hold anything from tennis shoes to high heels, and can be modified to hold more shoes or boots. The design was created around a women size 6 shoe, and may need to be modified for a larger shoe size.

This rack consist of the following cubby sizes:

Six (6) - 5 1/2" x 8"
Six (6) - 5 1/2" x 7"
Four (4) - 4" x 8"
Eight (8) - 4" x 7"
Two (2) - 18" x 7"

Step 1: Materials

The following materials were used to create the shoe rack:

Five (5) 1 in. x 12 in. x 8 ft. Common Boards (Actual length - 3/4" x 11 1/4")

NOTE: This is enough wood to create the shoe rack, and does not leave much extra for errors.

1 1/4" Brad Nails

Wood Glue

The following tools were used to create the shoe rack:

Table saw

Router Table w/ 1/2" Carbide Tipped Roundover Bit

Pneumatic Brad Nailer

Clamps

Step 2: Cutting the Boards

Picture of Cutting the Boards

Using a table saw, the following lengths were cut from the 1x12's:

Nine (9) - 5 1/2" (1" x 12" x 5 1/2")

Ten (10) - 4" (1" x 12" x 4")

Two (2) - 49 1/4" (1" x 12" x 49 1/4")

Two (2) - 47 3/4" (1" x 12" x 47 3/4")

Two (2) - 32 1/4" (1" x 12" x 32 1/4")

Two (2) - 27 1/2" (1" x 12" x 27 1/2")

Two (2) - 18" (1" x 12" x 18")

Using leftover or scrap wood cut and label a 7" and 8" board (See picture 3). These boards will be used as spacers when lining up vertical walls for the cubbies.

Once everything is cut it is a good ideas to route all the edges. This is not required, but eliminates sharp corners and provides a nicer look.

Step 3: Assembly

Picture of Assembly

Starting with a 32 1/4" board (1" x 12" x 32 1/4") place the 7" spacer flush against the short (12") side. (Picture 1) Clamp the spacer to the board and flip. Using the spacer as a guide, place a 5 1/2" board flushed vertically against it. Add wood glue along the edge and fasten it with brads. (Picture 2) Repeat this step on the opposite (horizontal) end of the 32 1/4" board. Congrats, you have a miniature bench. Create two of these "benches".

Stack the benches on top of each other and align. Add wood glue to the bottom of the top bench and fasten to the bottom bench with brads. (Picture 3) Using the 8" spacer and technique from above, add the center wall. Add wood glue along the edges and fasten it with brads. This will be a tight fit, and it is easiest if you start at an angle. (Picture 4)

Attach the 18" board (1" x 12" x 18") on the outsides (Picture 5) Add wood glue to the edges and fasten with brads.

The outside walls will be inside the 49 1/4" board, and will need to be considered on the next part. On the 49 1/4" board (1" x 12" x 49 1/4") place a scrap piece of wood flush along the edge. Use the 7" spacer and clamp it flush along the scrap piece of wood. (Picture 5) Apply glue to the bottom edge of the cubbies and fasten with brads. Using the 8" spacer, add the center wall. (Picture 6)

Align the 27 1/2" (1" x 12" x 27 1/2") board flush along the edge of the 49 1/4" board. Add glue, and fasten with brads. NOTE: Make sure the outside side walls are inside the top and bottom walls. (Picture 7)

Add the 47 3/4" (1" x 12" x 47 3/4") board on top of the 18" board. Add glue, and fasten with brads (Picture 8)

Starting with the 7" spacer, add the 5 1/2" inside walls (Not the center wall). Once the two inside walls are up, use the 8" spacer to add the center wall (Picture 9)

Using the 4" walls as guides, align the 2nd 47 3/4" board. Add glue, and fasten with brads. Once in place, start on the outsides and place two (2) walls with 7" spacers. Using the 8" spacer, place the center wall. (Picture 10)

Align the top wall, add glue, and fasten with brads. Once in place, start on the outsides and place two (2) walls with 7" spacers. Using the 8" spacer, place the center wall. (Picture 12)

Step 4: Finished

This project took me a couple of hours to create, and I kept it the natural wood color. It is a pretty simple project if you have the tools for it.

Comments

T0BY (author)2016-12-06

Crikey! That's nice!

TigranAntonyan made it! (author)2015-09-01

Thank you for excellent idea!

d00dy (author)TigranAntonyan2015-09-01

Nice! Looks great!

d00dy (author)2015-08-06

Thanks for the comments. As you can see, I will probably need to build another one due to it already being full.....

The Rambler (author)2015-08-05

Awesome! I've been needing a shoe rack for my wife and I as well.

Ag3ntH (author)2015-08-04

That's an awesome shoe rack my wife and I are in need of one badly

seamster (author)2015-08-04

This looks great, and I've been needing a shoe rack. Thanks for sharing your plan!

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