Shoe rack/hall shelf from salvaged materials

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Project by Pete Santos posted 02-10-2008 08:28 PM 9589 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Shoe rack/hall shelf from salvaged materials
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I saw a really neat shoe rack/bench here on Lumberjocks and decided to make one for our house. We already had a small bench to sit on while we put our shoes on so I decided to make the top a shelf to hold the kids’ backpacks and other junk that usually ended up on the banister.

The case is made from MDF that was being thrown out by a neighbor. The top and bottom is 3/4 inch and the vertical pieces are 1/2 inch. I dadoed the top and bottom to recieve the vertical pieces.

The moulding is old growth Fir that was salvaged from a bed trundle.

The interior shoe shelves and trim are bamboo sheet goods that are damaged goods that I pick up from a bamboo furniture store in downtown Seattle. The shelves are floating, held up by wood supports pinned to the vertical pieces.

The whole thing is assembled with wood glue and 1-1/4” brads. I am done with my part. My wife wants to paint or stain it a dark chocolate color but that is her job.

12 inches deep, 24 inches tall, 52 inches long.

Thanks for looking.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 08:29 PM

I like the salvaged material angle

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 09:06 PM

That is a very nice piece of furniture. With three children I am sure that this is a very useful project. I like the re-use of materials. This is a great attitude and creates a wining situation for everyone involved.

Thanks for the post. How about putting up some pictures after your wife has finished her part?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Les Hastings

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 10:03 PM

Nice job, good use of material that would have been wasted otherwise.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 02:24 AM

Great job on your part, Bad timing on mine, my wife came through and seen it and reminded me that I should have already made hers

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 02:37 AM

Great use of space and discarded lumber, Nice Job!!!

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 02:38 AM

This is great!! We through all of our shoes and sneakers and boots in the bottom of our main downstairs closet. They end up in a horrible mess and for some reason mine always end up under everything else…even if I was the last to put them there. Something like this would fit great and solve the problem.

Add this to my Honey-Do list!!!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 02:52 AM

Nice save. Very utile. Once painted it won’t look bad either. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Pete Santos

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#8 posted 02-11-2008 06:37 AM

Thanks everyone, but the idea was really not mine. I just wanted to show my “modification” of the one I saw. I can’t seem to locate it, anyways, there were two rows on the original and the top was used as a bench instead of a shelf.

This is one of the great things about Lumberjocks. I have seen other projects that were modifications of the projects already posted. I did the same thing with the air compressor cart. I think it’s cool when the original project is given credit. I guess this means I’m not cool because although I don’t claim the credit, I can’t seem to give the credit to the original because I can’t remember to bookmark it and then I can’t ever find it again.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#9 posted 02-11-2008 02:18 PM

Great reclamation.

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#10 posted 02-11-2008 08:32 PM

I want one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 02-26-2010 07:31 AM

nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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