This is my first project since joining the site, and my second woodworking project overall. Last week, I completed the Kreg workbench so I’d have an area to build other projects on.
After seeing the shoerack built by mckenziedrums here:
I liked the project so well, I thought I’d try to closely reproduce it, with a few changes of my own. I didn’t have, nor did I want to purchase any curly maple. I also just picked up a couple cans of Minwax gel stain for $0.30 that I wanted to try out, never having used the stuff before.
My wife mentioned the other day that she wanted to get a shoerack for our little bedroom closet. I’d been looking at shoeracks for a while and just hadn’t seen anything that I thought would suffice. Most of them were too small to really be of any use, holding maybe 6-8 pairs of shoes.
So, I said, maybe I can build one. I figured this way, it’d be an inexpensive project that would progress fairly quickly. And more importantly, I could build it sized according to the shoes and the space we actually have to maximize it’s usefulness.
So while she was at work yesterday, I took about 10-pairs of her shoes out of the closet. This allowed me to do 2 things: I was able to take measurements within the cramped closet much easier, as well as layout her shoes in rows and take measurements to make sure I sized everything accordingly. I didn’t want to waste space, or cut myself short by a couple of inches, only having enough room at the end of the shelf for one shoe, rather than another pair.
After taking all measurements, I decided I could fit 5-pairs of shoes per shelf. And 2-shelves, plus the floorspace would fit perfectly under all of the hanging clothes without getting in the way. With measurements in-hand, off to the Home Depot I went.
My original intent was to make the shelves out of plywood, just as mckenziedrums did. Once I got to the store, the wheels began turning as I stood there, picking through piles of wood. I decided to swap out the plywood for cedar, thinking this would add a nice scent to the closet, keep bugs away, and freshen everything up. Originally, I was going to make the shelves 37.5-inches wide, plus the rails/stiles, for a total of 39-inches of width. However, I changed the shelves to 36-inches wide, as I didn’t want to buy the next length up of wood to gain 1.5-inches.
Originally, I thought this was going to be constructed out of plywood and poplar, but I finally decided to go with cedar for the shelves and pine for the frame.
Here is my materials list:
For the shelves: (3)- 1”x4”x8’ S1S2 Cedar
For the legs and side rails: (1)- 1”x3”x8’ Pine
For the front rails to hold the shoes on the shelf: (2)-1”x2”x6’ Pine
After I came home, I cut everything to size, other than the frame rails.
Here is my cut list:
(6)- 1×4 Cedar
36" (shelf material) 36” (shelf rails)
(4)- 1x3 Pine
(4)- 1×4 Pine
15" (legs) 6-7/8” for the side frame rails.
I will also need (4)- 1x4 Pine
I secured the lengths of cedar together using the Kreg Jig for the pocket holes, along with 1-1/4” coarse thread screws. I will need to sand the underside of the shelves where the pocket holes are because that side was not finished, and I don’t want little slivers falling into the shoes if the underside of the shelf gets brushed when pulling out shoes. Wish I had a belt sander for this task!
That’s where I’m at for now. The shelves are together, but not yet “cleaned-up.” I still need to cut the side frame rails, then drill my pocket holes into those so they can attach to the legs.
I will also attach the front and rear shelf rails with pocket holes from the underside of the shelves.
I’m going to stain the frame in sections before assembling everything. I will assemble the end sections, then lightly sand them before applying the stain. I will also lightly sand and stain the front and rear shelf rails before attaching them to the shelves. Then it will all be screwed together. The only method of joinery will be pocket holes and the corresponding screws. I did not use glue on the shelves, but I’m going to use it on the frame.
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