Introduction: Easy-To-Build Shoe Organizer

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Shoes can quickly pile up, causing unnecessary clutter. Here’s a simple two-tier shoe organizer that keeps several pairs of shoes tidy and visible. It’s a quick and easy project that you’ll use every day.

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Step 1: Cut the Parts to Size

Cut two Ends and two Shelves to size from a quarter sheet of 3/4" plywood, as shown in the cutting diagram. Also cut four Rails to length from a 1x2 board.

Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes

With your jig set up for 3/4" stock, drill pocket holes in the underside of the Shelves, as shown.

Step 3: Install the Shelves

After sanding the Shelves and Rails, attach two Rails to each Shelf using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws. Note that the rails are offset: One Rail sits 1/4" below the Shelf, the other sits 1/4" above.

Step 4: Join the Back and Shelf

After sanding the Ends, position the shelf/rail assemblies as shown. Make sure that the Rail protruding above each shelf is positioned at the front—on the downward sloping side. Then attach the assemblies to the Ends using 1 1/4" coarse-thread pocket-hole screws.

Step 5: Paint and Put It to Use

After assembly, do any touch up sanding needed, and then paint the Shoe Organizer. Latex makes a great choice, because it’s easy to scrub should your shoes leave any dirt behind.

TIP: An Easy Route to Smooth Edges
The exposed edges of plywood are tough to get smooth, no matter how much you sand, and can have voids that will show. A quick, easy way to smooth these edges is to smear on ordinary spackling compound. Let it dry, sand lightly, and you’re ready to paint.