Cedar Shoe Racks

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Project by Sunstealer73 posted 11-27-2013 07:48 PM 2962 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some sturdy shoe racks that had spaces large enough for men’s shoes and boots. I looked at some of the commercial ones from places like Allen Edmonds and Joseph A. Banks, but they seemed a little flimsy to me. I sketched out some ideas and then went to the local lumberyard to get some 4/4 Aromatic Cedar. This is the first time I’ve used this yard and they had a great selection and even better prices. I came home with about 30 board feet of 2C+ cedar for $55. Each board was at least 6” and nearly 14’ long. Some knots, checks, and rough places, but still great wood.

I knew everything was going to be 2” in finished width, so I ripped down the rough boards to about 2 1/2”. I also did oversized crosscuts for the uprights, end braces, and rails. My jointer is just a little benchtop 6”, so smaller pieces are easier to handle. I flattened one edge on each piece and then an adjoining face. I then used my planer to get everything down to 3/4” finished thickness.

Now that everything was flat and surfaced on three sides, I ripped the final width down to 2” and crosscut everything to finished length. For the rails, I decided to cut shoulders to give them a little more strength and reduce the height of them. I used a dado set on my tablesaw along with a stop block to get the length correct.

For assembly, I screwed two rails to two end braces using #8×1” brass screws. Once those were assembled, I started assembling the frames. The first one took a little while, but everything went together really well. The screws were all predrilled and countersunk to help prevent splitting.

This is the first finish-grade project I have done in many years. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The photo just shows two, but I actually built three sections to hold up to 18 pairs of shoes. The only change I would make would be to route some flutes in the rails just to give it a little more texture, but I do not have a router table yet. This was the first time using my new Harbor Freight dust collector and it really worked great. Definitely worth the purchase.

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 01:53 AM

Nice shoe rack and beautiful wood you used on them!! I like that rolling table with your planer on it. Nice long working space!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 02:29 AM

Thanks. The wood really was gorgeous after I got it planed down. The shop is a 2-story 24×32 with storage over one half and a vaulted ceiling over the other side. I work on cars a lot too and plan on putting in a lift on the vaulted side. I made that big table so I can roll the planer, jointer, miter saw, and jaw horse all up against the wall when I need to put a car on that side. It would be an awesome woodworking shop if dedicated, but I have too many hobbies!

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 03:24 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


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#4 posted 12-03-2013 04:04 PM

They look good and well made. Great that you used cedar. They will serve you well. Great job!

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