The Shoe Keeper AKA Shoe Organizer /Clutter Reducer

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The necessity for this was an abundance of loose shoes. The previous model decayed from humidity and mold. The inception was seeing other storage furniture with similar designs.

Step 1: Parts & Assembly

Used a sheet of 4'x8' finished plywood. Used a table saw to cut the verts and horizontal pieces. I am not sure what this technique is called. It took me hours to cut these out. The front slanted edge was difficult  for me. I cut all 3 at once through the table saw. The edge had blemishes and needed sanding down to look OK. I used a mallet to connect the pieces together. The fit was very tight.
The cubes are 5" H x5" W.  

Step 2: Sides and Stain

Here it is stained with a waterproofing layer . The sides are held together with biscuit plates. The internal cube matrix is just slid inside. I was amazed it fit perfectly. Now this is strong enough for shoes and a few things on top, maybe 30 lbs at most..but no one is going to use this as a step-stool.. I coated it with a clear polyurethane spray after my wife was done painting the sides.

Step 3: Final Paint..some Character.

My wife is a good painter. She livened up the case with some whimsical art. Our 7yo helped too. I put some foot pads on the bottom to keep it dry . 

So there you go. 


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    sperkins16

    5 years ago

    Thanks so much for responding. I totally want to make this now. And thanks for the great instructions. :) can't wait to make mine!

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    jawtig

    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is really neat. I am looking to build one of these for my niece. Do you have measurements? I am trying to find blue prints on how far to cut the shelf and dividing pieces. I really like how you angled the whole piece, gives it a very nice look.

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    eu4euhjawtig

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    It's about 24" high , 20" wide and 18" deep..approximate...The shelves are cut about half way in, for the scissor type connection. I'm an amateur wood worker and I mostly just build by feel. I take the little I know of structural design and engineering and try to make a solid , strong piece of work.. Trial and error is my method. Thanks for the compliment and sorry for the long delay in answering you.

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    sperkins16

    5 years ago

    About how much did it cost to build this?! I love the look and that's exactly what I wanting.

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    eu4euhsperkins16

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    The sheet of plywood was 35$, plus maybe 10$ worth of paint , stain, biscuit joiners. Of course , one needs the saws and odd tools for this type of work. And maybe 8 to 12 hours of labor , spread out over a few weeks, for me at least.