Step 1: Plans
Step 2: Materials
2 - 1x4x8 (Legs)
6 - 1x3x8 (Shelves)
1 - 2x2x8 (Shelf supports)
*Box of screws - 1-5/8"
- I used general purpose pine lumber. Cost about $30 total for all materials.
- I intentionally stuck with material sizes which are commonly available at most lumber yards. I recommend doing this as often as possible.
* I used the screws in the picture. They are available at Lowe's for $10 a box. These are really great as the head doesn't strip and they are designed to reduce splitting of the wood.
Step 3: Prep Work
4 - 1"x4"x28"
12 - 1"x3"x36"
6 - 2"x2"x12"
Thats about it! If you wanted a different size you would simply make the appropriate adjustments in length.
Step 4: Assembly
Try to keep the measurements as accurate as possible with tolerances of less than +/- 1/16" to assure the final project is as square as possible.
Here is a step by step:
- Gather all the pieces for one end (2 - 1x4's & 3 - 2x2's).
- Set all the pieces on the ground in the approximate arrangement of assembly with the 2x2's on the bottom and 1x4's on top.
- Position the end of the 2x2 flush with the edge of a 1x4. Maintain the the 'flushness' as you make the horizontal alignment.
- Set the bottom side of the 1x4 2-1/8" from the top of the 2x2. *I measured from this position so I could do so 'one-handed'.
- Measure the same length from the other side of the 1x4 to assure general alignment and place a screw in the outer end to hold the position. Recheck the alignment and insert the second screw.
- Do the same for the other leg.
- Install the top 2x2 measuring 2-1/8" from the top of the 1x4 to the top of the 2x2. Ensure flushness and alignment prior to inserting the screws and as necessary.
- Install the middle 2x2. The top of the middle 2x2 should be centered between the upper and lower 2x2's. The distance should be 11-1/2".
- Repeat for the other side.
This part is made much easier if you have a helper hold a leg for you while the shelving pieces.
- While the leg is positioned up right, position a shelf 'slat' flush on either the front or back and ensure its butted up tight against the leg. Insert two screws through the slat into the 2x2. Repeat on the other end.
- Install the opposing outer slat in a similar manner assuring flushness and the ends are butted up tight.
- Install the middle slats. I used a pencil as a spacer to assure even placement.
- Repeat for the middle and top shelves.
Thats it! Apply any finish you may desire or leave it natural like I did.
Step 5: Finished Product
I have had multiple requests for these from my wife and friends on facebook. Apparently I am not the only one that struggled with too many shoes. Whether you wish to indulge these requests or just make your own and enjoy the envious reactions of your friends and family, Good Luck!