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Project by SFDCapt posted 01-09-2014 12:53 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shoe rack I was commissioned to build for a coworkers wife. The unit was made in three sections, two are shown here. Each section is the same, three rows tall and seven across, 21 cubbies per unit for a total of 63 cubbies. Yes, she actually has that many shoes! In order to make things a little easier I decided to use Birch plywood for the casework. The sides, tops, and dividers are ¾” birch ply. The back is ¼” birch ply and the front edges where veneered with pre glued birch veneer. For the joinery I used sliding dove tails on all the dividers and rabbits on the outside corners. The first section was put together prior to staining with GF Vintage Cherry Dye stain. That was a pain in the backside. The second and third sections had the dye stain sprayed on prior to assembly, much better results on those. All the birch was pretreated for blotch with Charles Neil’s pre-conditioner before the dye stain was sprayed on. Once assembled I applied three coats of GF Arm-R-Seal Satin, inside the cubbies by hand and the exterior sprayed. This was my first project of this size.

-- Making dust and taking names!





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MrNorwood

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 03:22 PM

Looks good! I’m sure she’ll be happy to see this. and yeah, those are definitely alot of shoes!

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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SFDCapt

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 03:39 PM

I am glad to see this project done. It was a lot of redundant cuts and trimming all the veneer on the front edges was very tedious.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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MrNorwood

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 01:19 AM

Your efforts were not in vain. How heavy was it? I never gauge the weight of a project until I have to call my neighbor over to help me lift up the completed project

How did you trim the veneer?

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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SFDCapt

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 03:09 AM

MrNorwood,

I am not sure what the exact weight wound up being, but I can tell you I used 5- 4×8 sheets of ¾” birch plywood and one sheet of ¼” birch ply in the whole project. Needless to say it is NOT light. When I delivered it I had help loading it at my place and then the customer helped unload it at his house. It would be interesting to try and figure out the weight though, just for curiosity.

The veneer was trimmed with a really sharp utility knife and then I used 220 grit paper to soften the edges. If you place the veneer so that one edge only needs sanding the trim work is cut in half. I didn’t figure this out until the last unit, duh.

Lee

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 05:55 PM

They look good and well made. Lots of shoe storage that I’m sure will serve well your customer. Great job!

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 12:54 AM

This is nice. I have a son-in-law that could use this. Yep, he’s a shoe nut.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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chetrog

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#7 posted 06-28-2014 10:25 AM

Looks great. I need to make something like this.

-- I had a stroke a few years back, and sometimes the words dont come out as well as I would like.

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