Making Shoe Racks Step By Step

Step 1: Rack Design

The space calls for 5 feet-ish tall rack.

I picked 64″ based on the mother’s reach height. Since there is a 4″ step down from the corner to the garage floor, the second rack will be 68″ tall so that they are the same height standing side by side.

The corner space is only about 34″ wide, so I measured the line-up three pair of shoes and decided to go for 30″ wide shelf.

Step 2: Plywood Shelves

One sheet of plywood is employed for all shelves.

Break down the 4 x 8 sheet into 3 of 30″ pieces first, then it’ll be ripped into 4 pieces of 11 1/2″ wide strips, therefore the full sheet will yield (12) shelves.

Since the planning calling for shelves sitting during a 15 degree angle, 12 strips of wood also will be needed to:

1. Band the plywood front
2. Provide a stop for shoes in order that they don’t slump .

I have some scrap ceder fence materials, so I ripped them on table saw at 1 1/2″ wide. Regular 2x material also can be used if rip it into 1/2″ thick.

Line the strip up with rock bottom of the shelf, use glue and nails to connect to the shelf. A plane is employed to make some chamfer along the front trim piece, and a 30 degree move the trim strip at each corners will provide a way better finished look.

Last step is sanding.

Step 3: Side Supports

Cut (2) side supports @ 64″ and (2) @ 68″.

Cut spacers 8″ long. this will be altered supported the user’s need. The trick is to line up a stop block on the miter saw and cut all pieces in one batch, which will make sure the alignment of the shelves.

Since there’ll be a flat shelf on the highest of the rack, one end of the primary spacer from the highest are going to be straight rather than 15 degree. Pick a side that appears better as outside and lay it down flat, use glue and nails to connect the primary spacer piece on top by aligning all three sides. i’m using 18 gauge staples to act like mini clamps. Construction (poly) adhesive also can be used rather than wood glue, probably better if one works with “not so flat boards”, I just do not have any in hands, plus i feel 3 pairs of shoes wouldn’t be very heavy.

Use an off cut piece from the plywood in between two spacers and attached the other , and keep moving down. Leave the last piece 3 1/2″ in need of rock bottom .

The feet are from scrap 2×4, and that they are 18″ long. First piece is employed as a template to make the opposite three pieces. No special design here, just a few of straight lines form a shape that’s kind of appeasing the eyes. Cuts are often made with jig saw, and a couple of passes with a hand plane to smooth the cut surface.

Step 4: Assembly

The feet are going to be attached first with glue and a few of brad nails, then clamped and stapled at the opposite side.

Apply glue to every groove of 1 side of the vertical support, and push the shelves into place, ensuring the revel at the front stays an equivalent for each shelf. i exploit a 5″ scrap to place a pencil mark on each shelf, and align the front fringe of the vertical support to the mark.

Repeat an equivalent process to put in the opposite side of the vertical support.

The glue up may be a fast process, other wise, the glue are going to be set before the shelf get installed. Practice a rehearsal (assembly process without glue) before the particular glue up may be a great way to make sure to know the assemble sequence.

Two of the 1 1/2″ staples are then wont to secure the shelf in situ . And a couple of clamps are used before the glue set.

I put the assembly onto a flat surface, and determine the rocking direction of the rack, then use one flat head screw at the lower side as adjustment / leveling screw, because the rack are going to be used on concrete floor. No finish is required during this case, but if i’m making this for inside the house, i might a minimum of put a few of coats of poly to guard the surface from wet shoes and dirt .

And now’s time to load them up.

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