6 DIY Shoe Rack Build Projects

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How to Make a DIY Shoe Rack with a Unique Finish

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How to Make a DIY shoe rack with shou sugi ban finish.

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DIY Shoe Rack | Build It | Ask This Old House

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O’Connor build a combination bench/shoe rack out of fir decking.

Steps for building a shoe rack:

1. Start by cutting all the pieces of the fir decking. To ensure each repetitive cut has the same dimension, Tom recommends using the stop on the miter saw. Cut pieces for the rails and slats that will eventually make up the shelving for the shoe rack.

2. Using a table saw, cut dados into the rails and rabbets on both ends of each slat.

3. Sand all the pieces individually before assembling using a sanding block.

4. Insert the slats into the rails. Add filler pieces the thickness of the dado and the same width as the slates into the dado to fill in the holes between the slats.

5. Once the positioning of the slats in the dados are correct, pull each filler piece out individually and apply wood glue to the joint. Repeat this process for the rail on the other side of the shelf.

6. Pull out the slats and sand the filler pieces in the rail smooth.

7. Apply wood glue to the slats and push them into the rails.

8. Clamp everything together and allow the glue to dry.

9. Assemble the shelves using pocket screws.

10. Put the boards together for the top. Place the shelves and the base on top of the shelves to determine the right location for the top. Secure the base to the top using more pocket screws. The top does not require wood glue or any additional connections.

11. Apply a finish to the shoe rack. In the video, Tom and Kevin applied a high gloss urethane.

12. Allow the coat to dry and then apply a second coat. Repeat this process for the third coat. For the second and third coat, apply the satin finish.

Shopping List:

1×4” fir porch decking

2×2” baluster stock


Wood glue

Pocket screws

Spray-on high gloss urethane

Spray-on satin urethane

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Build a DIY pallet shoe rack

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How to build a pallet shoe rack with DIY expert Craig Phillips. Using recycled pallet wood you can follow this step-by-step guide to build your own shoe rack to match the rest of your pallet furniture.

Shoes Cluttering Up Your Home? Get Organized With This Shoe Rack.

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All of the boards used in this shoe rack are the same width and thickness and it’s held together with dowels.

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DIY Shoe Storage Bench

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Learn how to make a DIY Shoe Storage Bench for your entryway or mudroom.

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Just a Shoe Rack


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Marc needed a shoe rack for a spot in his bathroom that always seems to collect shoes. Other than being narrow and having as much capacity as possible, He didn’t have any restrictions on the design. So he decided to have some fun by designing something different and maybe a little weird. Made from African Mahogany and Curly Maple, the rack features four shelves held to the legs via through mortise and tenon joints. The rack tapers upward and the shelves get proportionally narrower as they go up. The wood is doing most of the visual work on this piece and the little details might go unnoticed. He found this to be a fun exercise in joinery and designing on the fly. And thankfully, it actually works quite well as a shoe rack.

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