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Project by Jonathan posted 1662 days ago 6835 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project since joining LJ.

I blogged about it here: http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/13293

I am new to woodworking, so wanted to do something fairly easy and straightforward.

I built this using only pocket hole joinery and a little glue on the frame. Just got the Kreg Jig and wanted to play around with it. The only other thing I’ve built was the Kreg workbench so that I could build things such as this shoe rack on it.

The frame is constructed from pine, while the shelves are each made up of three 4” unfinished cedar boards.

The finish was with 2-coats of Minwax Brazilian Rosewood gel stain, followed by 3-coats of spray on satin poly.

I’ll have to count, but in total there are around 85-90 pocket holes and screws holding it all together.

If I had to do it over, I’d do a few things differently:
I’d use aromatic red cedar, I’d use wipe-on poly, and I’d line all the pocket holes up to make sure there is no overlap! Found that out the hard way. If you look at the picture showing the pocket holes, I actually only put 4-screws into the rail. Each outside hole has a screw, then the middle two holes have screws. The second hole in overlapped a hole that holds the rail and leg together.

My wife was so happy, she couldn’t wait to fill it up! I designed it just to fit her shoes, but she put some of mine below it on the floor, so that’s why they’re sticking out.

By the way, this project was inspired by mckenziedrums shoerack here (Thanks for the idea!): _http://lumberjocks.com/projects/26304_

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."





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stefang

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#1 posted 1662 days ago

Nice result Jonathan! There is nothing better than keeping the wife happy. I’ve been trying for 44 years! lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jonathan

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#2 posted 1662 days ago

We have to keep trying, don’t we? :)

Mike, I did go with the satin poly as you suggested. It turned out nicely, as it’s not glossy, but has a warm sheen to it. Thanks for the recommendation.

I’m looking forward to completing many more projects. In just a few days, I feel like I’ve learned so much by reading-up here, and glancing through lots of photos. I look forward to continuing my knowledge and skill sets with the help of those on here.

I love this site!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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RexMcKinnon

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#3 posted 1662 days ago

Nice first. The stain look like an even color. Hard to do on pine.

Welcome to LJ

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 1662 days ago

oh how I’d love one of these in my hall.
Very nice!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1662 days ago

That’s a great first project

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SignWave

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#6 posted 1662 days ago

Looks good.

If my wife sees this, then I’m definitely going to have to make her one…or a dozen.

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 1662 days ago

Thanks for the supportive comments everybody.

I’ve learned to make a shoerack. Now, if I would learn to make the bed, that’d be another point!

I hear you on making more than one. As you can see, this will not hold all of the shoes in that closet. I made it to hold 15-pairs of her shoes of various heights and widths, but there are more boxes up on a shelf above the clothing racks. Oh well, gotta’ start somewhere!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Jason Tetterton

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#8 posted 1649 days ago

Very nice design… It has inspired me. I’m creating one that is just about identical, just a little longer, wider, and and extra tier.

I’ll post a link or pic when it’s done, getting ready to do the 3rd coat of wipe on poly, then I’ll assemble.

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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Jonathan

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#9 posted 1649 days ago

Jason,

Glad to hear that! I would’ve made it another tier taller, but it would’ve begun to interfere with the clothing above it.

Are you also using pocket hole joinery and/or other methods? Just curious how you’re building it.

I’m anxious to see how yours turns out and to read about your project.

Hope the assembly goes off without a hitch.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 1649 days ago

Looks good, you did a great job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Jason Tetterton

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#11 posted 1649 days ago

Jonathan,

Thanks for the support! Just finished up about an hour or so ago, my completed project is here:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/28176

I used pocket joinery for the frame and to edge-join the cedar planks. I attached the planks to the frame with 3/4” x 3/4” cedar strips and 1 inch brad nails.

Thanks again!

-- Jason, Central Virginia

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Walter

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#12 posted 1362 days ago

You know as I sit here browsing I noticed something… we really need one of these, there’s shoes everywhere! Sometimes it’s the simple things that you just don’t think about.

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