The shoe problem

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Project by John posted 01-04-2008 11:14 PM 2152 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Note: Originally posted in October 2007 to my woodworking blog at which was a just a redirect link to Blogger – well the big brains at blogger have tagged my site as a “spam blog” (it isn’t) and although I’ve asked for it to be reinstated, I think LJ might be a better place to rebuild my blog and a good home going forward.

Here’s the problem: too many shoes cluttering the garage… (you know a lot of them are Crocs – those people are making GOOD money!!!).

The solution was to create a shelving unit to go into an otherwise useless little corner near the door from the garage into the house.

My wife had been bugging me for years to do this project and while I had been tiptoeing around the edges of woodworking, I had yet to fully jump in. After buying some “Amish made” furniture from a local store, I began to look at the assembly methods and they were almost all pocket joint joinery! Well shoot, I can do that! So I bought a Kreg jig and I’ve got to say, even though pocket holes are not the most desirable and pure form of woodworking, the technology really launched me into woodworking as a (mostly) all consuming hobby!

It is now my goal to wean myself off of pocket holes, as my skills increase, my pocket hole use should decrease… at least that’s my goal!

I used Google Sketchup to design the shelves. My first design was a group of shelves with a big seat/bin on the bottom.

I decided that was a bit much for my first project, so I ended up just going with a simple bookcase looking shelving unit. It’s open in back and will attach to the wall studs with long screws.

Here's a link to both models for Sketchup

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 11:23 PM

Either design can work, but it would be hard to offer you advice without knowing what tools you have. Since you have little experience as you describe, take extra time designing what you are building to make sure that you have the equipment to put it together and that it is functional.

I used to make models and miniatures before I ever started to cut any real wood.

There are a lot of superior woodworkers on this site that can offer you great advice. from my initial glance at your drawings, you most likely will be able to build this with a simple table saw or a circular saw, router, and a straight edge clamp. It is simple case construction with dadoes. Now if you are going for the panel look on the bench, this takes a bit more work, but it is not super complicated.

Tell us more about the finish you are looking for? Is this going to be painted plywood? What tools do oyu have at your disposal?

-- making sawdust....

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 11:58 PM

I want a shoe shelf in my entry way… what a great idea

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 12:33 AM

JC -

I have done a lot of work with the Kreg Pocket Screw Jig (I have a Kreg K3 Master System and an electric Foreman). Your project looks great. I like to try and hide the pocket screws in the joinery (i.e. back, top or bottom sides where not visible). I also use Kreg Pocket Screw Plugs that are either sanded flush or flush trimmed by a router. You can get matching wood species. In your case I would consider using the paint grade variety. With a good sanded primer coat you will never see the pocket screws in the final finish.

I like your design and construction details. Thanks for the SketchUp drawings.

Here is my Bedside Step Stool made with the Kreg system.

Here is a Cedar Fence built with the Kreg System – there are no nails in this fence!

Here is a Cherry Display Stand using concealed pocket screws.



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#4 posted 01-05-2008 12:39 AM

Nice. I use my pocket hole jig a lot also and like it. I’ve never used the Goggle sketch up tool but it looks interesting.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 01-06-2008 02:52 AM

I’m not gonna show my wife this until I’m ready to build it. But I added it to my favorites. Great idea!

-- Happy woodworking!

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