My Shoe Shelf

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Project by dakotawood posted 03-21-2012 02:44 PM 2986 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a shoe shelf to go next to our entryway door into the house from the garage. I thought about just putting a quick square shelf in there, but I thought I’d try something a little more exciting. Who says a shoe shelf can’t be exciting?

I copied this design directly from another LJ iozl: . I modified mine some from his. I know it looks a little tall, but my wife wanted something that our girls’ snow boots will fit in during the winter.

I did a lot of firsts in this build: template routing with flush trim bit, using rasps and files to sculpt the legs, and getting more practice with my bandsaw. At the end I decided to sink one pocket screw from underneath into each leg for added strength at the joint. I plugged it with a pocket hole wooden plug. I got so sick of sanding those darn legs. I ended up concentrating on one leg a day – to lessen the chance of dry heaving while sanding all at once. I digress.

Alder shelves with hickory legs. Finished with equal parts BLO, semigloss poly, mineral spirits – wiped on 5 coats. The final pics make it look a little warmer than it really is – there was some evening sunlight coming into the shop when we took the pics.

Thanks for looking!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 02:59 PM

That’s too nice to put muddy boots on. It would look even better with a twin on the other side of the couch. You could nail some plywood and 2×4’s together for muddy boots. LOL Just a little more wood around the joint and you’d have a Maloof style shoe shelf.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 03:19 PM

Shoes never had it so good,a very cool design,good job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 08:11 PM

Arty piece. My wife said it looked to good for shoes. i agree, but it’s your shelf. Great job on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 09:38 PM

very artistic shoe shelf. gr8 idea to do the legs like this. they make the shelf look really nice, and not “boxee”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 09:56 PM

Cool design and it turned out great.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 11:53 PM

I thought it looked familiar! Great job!

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#7 posted 03-22-2012 12:22 AM

The first of many experiments combining function anf form? Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 03-22-2012 02:36 AM

Really cool shoe storage. I really need to make a nice one like yours. Right now we have a rickity piece of junk that I don’t really like. I think once I get finished getting my shop put togeather I will have to make something like yours.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#9 posted 03-22-2012 03:15 AM

much, much to nice for shoes, but if it fits the decor great.

-- Denis in Grande Prairie. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mistery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.....Pink !

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#10 posted 03-22-2012 12:43 PM

This shoe rack turned out great! Must be that time of year…a shoe rack is what’s on my bench too!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 03-22-2012 01:56 PM

WOW! What a piece of fine work!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#12 posted 03-23-2012 12:56 AM

Unique design I like it Form and function .

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 03-23-2012 12:56 AM

Thanks guys for all the nice comments. iozl – thanks for paving the way on this one. I wanted something different and when I searched LJ for shoe shelves, I saw yours and I knew that was the style I wanted. I’m def going to try and keep the mud off this one.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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