|Project by Sunstealer73||posted 11-27-2013 07:48 PM||2419 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
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.