How to Build a Shoe Rack
Time Required: Over 1 day
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.