Shoe Rack

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Project by RJH311 posted 07-10-2012 04:24 PM 2319 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I asked my wife what she wanted me to make her and she told me a shoe rack so this is what I came up with. Its an original design, not that its super complicated or anything. I stuck with inexpensive wood, so its just pine stained with some minwax mahogony and finished with minwax fast drying polyurethane. Still need to add a couple layers of poly, but I figured it was ready enough to post. I found out a few things on this project. Got to practice my through tenons and found out that they’re kinda tough to get flawless (as none of mine turned out that way). I ended up having to use wood filler to fill in the gaps in my tenons. Also learned a few things about staining. I didn’t seal the wood before staining so it ended up a little blotchy. Next time i’ll seal before staining with some thin shellac. Oh and another thing I learned…don’t try to force tenons or you get what happened in that second picture. Needless to say I got pretty pissed when that happened. I didn’t want to glue it back together and patch it up so I busted it up with my hammer, which provided for some much needed therapy, and rebuilt that side from scratch. Anyway, thats my shoe rack. Next on the list, a Cajon!

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#1 posted 07-10-2012 05:49 PM

That’s a Good looking Shoe Rack.

When Momma’s happy, everybody’s Happy. :-)

Very nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 07-10-2012 11:47 PM

Nice shoe rack. Man you could have fixed that clean break, but did the crack happen then too?!
Here is a story about recovery from something like that:

I once made a couple of tables and they were mitered a lot and made from many pieces. I was belt sanding the inside of the top rabbet to lower it a bit and I had a belt sander in my left and and holding the table with my right. I sanded right into my thumb and let go of the table. In a spit second that table flew behind me , hit the floor and broke into 8 pieces. I was so stunned, I could not even cuss!!!
I walked out of the shop and thought about it because I did not have the material to make another table and these were for an order.
All the breaks were clean so I carefully lined them up, glued them and clamped them together. Then I finished sanded the entire table again and you could not see one of those breaks….AND, the bugger sat perfectly flat on the floor just before the accident!!
The Lord humbles us and works in strange ways!!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:59 AM

Great job , good stress relief regarding the hammer….....made me smile…well done shoe rack . : )

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#4 posted 10-05-2016 06:48 PM

In my experience, pine always looks blotchy when stained dark. I’ve basically determined that I won’t stain pine anymore, unless it’s a fairly light color.

And as for the tenons, I don’t think at my lever of experience I’d be able to make through tenons look nice either. I might have tried to turn them into wedged tenons rather than using wood filler if I had been in your situation, but I think the end product looks pretty good either way!

WTF is a cajon?

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