How to Build a Shoe Rack

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A shoe rack is a great way to store multiple pairs of shoes

How to Build a Shoe Rack

Building a shoe rack is an easy way to provide quick access to you and your family’s “go-to” pairs. If you don’t have access to a table or circular saw, ask a lumber associate at your local Home Depot to make the cuts for you.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

MATERIALS

1
Determine height and width
Determine height and width - How Build Shoe Rack

Determine the dimensions of your shoe rack by adding an inch or two to the height and length of your average pair of shoes.

2
Mark cut lines
Mark cut lines - How  Build a Shoe Rack

• The overall dimensions will be 48” x 14” x 24”. There are also two internal shelves measuring 32” x 14” and 18” x 14”.
• Use a tape measure to mark the first 48” x 14” shelf.
• Use a pencil and straight edge to make the cut line.

3
Make plywood cuts
Make plywood cuts - How Build Shoe Rack

• Complete all plywood cuts.
• Use a sanding sponge to clean up the cut edges.

4
Cut dowels
Cut dowels - How Build a Shoe Rack

Cut the wooden dowels into groups according to the lengths listed above.

5
Construct top shelf
Construct top shelf - How Build Shoe Rack

• Create an 18” x 14” box on the underside of the top shelf.
• Measure and create a ½” border inside the square.
• Measure from the same edge and place a mark at 31 ½” across the face of the board.
• Glue the dowels inside the 18” x 14” area and make sure to clean up any excess glue.
• The edges should fit just inside the 17” x 13” border you created.
• Create a ½” border on both sides of the 18” x 14” shelf and glue it onto the dowels.
• Use screws or clamps to help keep pressure on the glue as it dries.
• Note: Remember to pre-drill holes for any screws you intend to use.

6
Secure the dowels
Secure the dowels - How Build Shoe Rack

• Back out any screws you used once the glue has set.
• Use the 3/8” flat bit to drill through the shelf and into the dowel.
• Apply glue to one side of a fluted dowel and hammer into the hole.
• Repeat for the other three corners.
• Take the first four 7” dowels and drill a hole for the peg dowel with the flat bit.
• Apply glue into the hole and place onto the peg dowels.
• Allow time to dry.

7
Secure legs
Secure legs - How to Build a Shoe Rack

• Take the 32 x 14” shelf and create the dowel guides by creating a ½” border around the entire shelf on both sides.
• Place a mark at 17 ½” and create a line across the face of the board.
• Glue the two 13 ¾” dowel legs into place using the guide line created in Step 5 on the underside of the top shelf at 31 ½”.
• Apply glue on the end of each dowel leg and place the shelf on top.
• Use screws or clamps to hold in place while the glue sets.
• Use a flat bit to back out the screws.
• Insert the peg dowels for the 18” x 14” shelf as done in Step 6.

8
Construct bottom shelf
Construct bottom shelf - How Build Shoe Rack

• The bottom shelf is attached in the same manner as the top shelf.
• The final four 7” dowels are drilled and fitted to the fluted pegs.
• Glue the 21 ½” dowel legs to the underside of the top shelf and allow glue to set.
• Take the bottom shelf and the 48” x 14” board to create the ½” border around its perimeter.
• Apply glue to the ends of the dowel legs and position the shelf.
• Pre-drill and then drive a screw into the end of each dowel leg to secure the bottom shelf.
• Carefully flip the shelf over and drive screws through the top shelf into the dowel legs.
• Place a few small, weighted items on the shelf to make sure everything compresses.

9
Apply paint or stain
Apply paint or stain - How Build Shoe Rack

• Complete any structural touch up, sand any rough edges, and clean up any glue overspill.
• Paint or stain the shoe rack to the color of your choice.