Stackable Shoe Racks

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Project by Douglas posted 09-30-2012 12:33 AM 4141 views 15 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed some shoe racks to manage the shoe heap in our bedroom closet, and I had a ton of red oak scraps left over from my kitchen project, so I threw these together a few weeks ago. There are four units that can stack, using peg “feet” on the bottoms and hole for them on the tops. The finish is just a few coats of amber shellac. The joinery is just lap joints for the sides, and butt joints with a screw and some glue for the slats.

I kept telling myself that I should just go easy and not try to get too perfect, as these were destined to sit in the back bottom corner covered with shoes, but I have that woodworkers bug now, and can’t let anything go too rough. So I spent more time on this than maybe the use merited, but I’m pleased at how they turned out.

My only regret is that I should have made six of them, not just four.

Thanks for looking.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 04:07 AM

They look very nice my wife needs some of them thanks for the help

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 11:29 PM

I like the idea of staking them I may have to steel that idea when I make some for our front entry.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 01:06 PM

This is a great utility project and I do know what you mean about not being able to make anything rough anymore. It does pay off though, in real satisfaction and longevity.
I may make something similar but would use a dowel and plug for the slats. End grain screws tend not to last. Thanks for the idea.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 03:48 PM

gene—yeah, I probably should have doweled them. But, they are resting on the floor, against a wall, and don’t get moved. If they ever get wobbly, I could always retroactively dowel them. Good luck with yours, and I’d like to see them when you post them. Thanks for commenting!

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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