Boot Rack and more

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Project by Andrew posted 11-07-2009 07:20 PM 7391 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this about 2 years ago, While I was working on another project, my wife asked me to design a boot rack for the front entrance. She went to work, and I got the graph paper, this is what I designed. She came home, I showed it to her, and she pleaded with me to try just for once, to do something simply. I threw away the plans and went about my business. 3 days later she told me this project was given a green light. I rescued the plans and here it is.
Features include….
A seat with a pull out drawer that contains “BootJack” to help pry off boots.
A dowel that pulls out to hold our front door open in the summer, replaces a vase.
A small closet to hold a broom and dust pan with a Bipanel door.
2 shelf, one 5” deep to hold mail, and to protect the lower 3” shelf that holds sunglasses.
5 coat hooks.
2 levels of boot and racks.
a drawer under the boot rack that can be lined with old carpet to catch drips.
A mirror on an angle so, the whole family can check themselves out before the leave.
A cubby hole under the seat for hat and glove storage.
There it is people one of my most functional projects to date.
It is made from oak plywood for the back, and the rest is 3/4” red oak. Finished with Minwax Golden oak, and polurethane.
For this project I was tempted to buy a small drill press and a Motising attatchment, I ended up buying a dedicated mortiser, one of the best decisions I have made in regard to tools.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 01:02 AM

Very nice I love the functionality of it. Now maybe I will be motivated enough to make the one for my wife after two years of saying ” yes dear it’s getting closer”. Thanks (I think)

-- Dave, Ohio,

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 01:04 AM

Nice job Andrew this design has it all.


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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 08:35 AM

Nice project, I need to make something like that for my house.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 11-08-2009 10:37 AM

Neato…...great design…..even a boot jack! Well done.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 01:49 AM

brilliant :)
And I love your version of “Keep It Simple” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 11-09-2009 02:27 AM

I missed the flush handle… it seems to have just about everything else!!

Really nice. Great design, very functional (expect missing flush handle…) and great build.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 11-09-2009 05:41 AM

love it

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 06:03 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 07:56 PM

Holy Smokes ! That is quite an invention…good thing that you’re simple minded : ) LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 11-15-2009 11:08 PM

... “and more” is the right way of saying it.

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 12-16-2009 12:20 AM

Great looking build! I wondered what the dowel was for, I always seem to look at the pictures first, before I read the text ;-). I’m going to favourite this although I would have to add on to our house for a place to actually put such a functional piece of furniture LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Monty Queen

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 03:29 PM

Nice job, looks excellent Marvelous.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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