Im in the middle of building much needed shoe racks for the garage as it seems its the place that collects most of the household shoes. With my wife and both of my daughters into equestrian you can only imagine the clutter and dirt thats gets tracked into the garage. Hence the shoe racks. I based my plans on a fellow LJ previous build here.
I drew up a sketchup plan and originally had the stretchers laying horizontilly/flat. They are cut out of poplar and are 3/4” x 1” by about 40” long as I need them to hold about 5 pairs of shoes/boots each. I did a quick layout of the stretchers against the sides and it occured to me that if If I place the stretchers horizontally on the 1” side and vertically on the 3/4” side (hope that makes sense) that I may get some sagging in the middle as the shelf the stretchers make up will only be 3/4” thick. I could gain some extra strength by reversing the orientation and making the stretcher shelf 1” thick but to me it doesnt look as smooth as having the 3/4” thick stretcher shelves. I attached some pictures of the 2 different mockups sitting side by side and would love to hear your comments. note the stretchers will be raised about 3/4” higher up on the sides to accomodate a 1/2” tall x 8” wide arc cut out. Also I didnt mention that I am using mortice and tenon joints to attach the stretchers. So I sort of need to make up my mind now on the orientation of the stretchers because Im at the point in the project where its time to cut the mortices.
(those open mortise and tenon joints took a lot longer than I expected to get just right but it was worth it as they turned out nice)
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