Project Guide

How to Build a Shoe Rack

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.