Large Shoe Holder

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Project by Moe93 posted 08-07-2014 06:31 AM 2780 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all!
This was the second project i have completed!
This shoe holder i made per the request of a local community center. I got the design idea while searching the web although i cant remember where at the moment.

It was constructed of birch plywood, melamine, and maple for the face frames. I used melamine for the shelves mainly because they are easier to clean, however i learned it was a pain to work with. the large sheets were very heavy, heavier then the ply, and had a hard time cutting them on the table saw. Also the edges were very fragile and chipped often while the sharp edges easily sliced skin. Maybe i should have worn chainmail gloves? haha anyways, I decided to incorporated a few designs with the face frames such as the pointed arches at the top and the floral at the bottom. This was the first time i tried carving with chisels and it went well overall, except for when the chisel slipped and went directly to my finger! I don’t have pictures but it wasn’t that bad, the cut was deep and lots of blood but i learned my lessen to not keep my finger directly in front the chisel and not use my hand to hold the work piece altogether. For joinery It was mostly pocket hole screws which i was very satisfied with, very solid, quick, and easy. I used fruit wood stain and wipe on poly finish, which turned out great!
It can hold around 80 pairs of shoes.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 06:57 AM

Very nice. I am thinking of making a shoe rack and might borrow you idea. I only need 1/3 of that size, but I like it. Great job.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-07-2014 07:10 AM

chetrog, absolutely, and don’t forget to share when its done!

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 08:01 AM

Very nice….. Nice details.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 01:38 PM

job well done

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#5 posted 08-07-2014 02:45 PM

Terrific project, with terrific results!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#6 posted 08-07-2014 05:47 PM

Did you use dadoes for shelves? Pocketholes? Looks great! Would like to have a smaller version of that for my house…Good job

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 10:20 PM

Very cool Moe. I need one just like that! I just need one more section for my shoes. My boss needs the rest.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 08-08-2014 01:03 AM

Thanks for the kind remarks everyone,
Joe Brent, i used pocketholes for the shelves. I guess you can also use dadoes or shelf pins, just depends on what you have access to. the pocketholes were plenty strong and pretty easy to crank out and attach to the plywood panels for me. the same can be said for dados once you make a jig of some sort for a router or even better if you have access to a radial arm saw and a dado stack.
hope that helps

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 02:35 PM

How many pairs of shoes does it will hold? I have a walk in closet to build for my GF and she has a significant shoe collection. Looking to make something similar to store 100 to 150 pairs!!

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#10 posted 08-16-2014 07:50 AM

Hey Bill, it can hold around 80 pairs, but wow 100 to 150 pairs is a lot of shoes! You can probably decrease the gap between the shelves allowing you to put more shelves in less space. I made the gap around 12 inches.

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