Shoe Rack Cabinet

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Project by robscastle posted 10-05-2017 05:33 AM 2726 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The concept for this cabinet build came from a Double Shoe rack Cabinet post by David Dean in Oct 2012.

The timber used:

Swamp Gum for all the framework doors and drawers.
Red Ironbark for all the raised panels and top trim.
Camphor Laurel for the top and
plywood for various internal pieces.

The Swamp Gum came from Degooses timber fire sale lots
The Rred Ironbark was a local roadside throw out
The camphor Laurel a friend and I milled at Kyogle in 2011
The plywood well everybody has a stash of plywood around the place.

The hardware Used:

The doors have Euro frameless inset hinges fitted from ebay (hint dont use the supplied screws)
The tilting Drawer has conventional butt hinges from stock
The handles are wood teardrop shaped drop handles, again from stock.

The joinery methodology is:

Rail and stile with Raised panels fitted.
Joined using pocket hole technology and screw and glue in other places. The cabinet is almost completly dismantable if required apart from I think the Tilting drawer ply frame

The Finishes:

The Red Ironbark is just sanded and polished for effect.
The swamp Gum and plywood are both sanded and sealed, so effectively its a matt finish


The original design concept: David Dean.
Timber supply: Degoose.
Support suggestions and advice: Lots of LJs contributed.

The construction of the cabinet is the subject of a series of blogs, so if you are interested in more details and the actual construction processes, including various pictures check them out.

Thank You!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 10-05-2017 06:21 AM


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#2 posted 10-05-2017 08:36 AM

That is one neat unit rc.

Enjoyed the blog and was a worthwhile journey in your trials and tribulations in the build… many lessons can/has been learned.

PS. Where can I get copies of your picture/photo inserts?

PPS. Unless you are built like Arnie (of old)... I’d stay away from wearing those pink and greenies in public!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 10-05-2017 11:15 AM

Very interesting Rob. You certainly did a great job on that. Must have the happiest shoes in the world. LOL


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 10-05-2017 12:57 PM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-05-2017 01:20 PM

looks great buddy it was a nice journey with a sweet you just gotta build one for your wife-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 10-05-2017 02:02 PM

That looks great and the panel work bet’s my work hands down and you put a lot work in to it as well.

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#7 posted 10-05-2017 02:59 PM

That is a nice storage cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 10-05-2017 03:24 PM

Very nice. That’s an idea I’ll keep for a future project.

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#9 posted 10-05-2017 03:30 PM

Nice project! The blog was fun to follow as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 10-05-2017 05:48 PM

That’s a nice cabinet!
Nice enough to be a ”shoe in” for the Daily Top Three!
I like the choice of woods.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#11 posted 10-05-2017 11:39 PM

Nicely completed, Rob! I really like the whole thing, especially the teardrop pulls. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 10-07-2017 02:14 AM

this is a great looking shoe rack, love the fact it doubles up as a dust prevention storage cabinet.

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 10-07-2017 05:23 AM

... it doubles up as a dust prevention storage cabinet.
- WistysWoodWorkingWonders

Ah but is it spider proof? Even the stench between my toes is not enough to deter that smug little Red Backs.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 10-11-2017 09:58 PM

That has come up great Rob….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 10-11-2017 10:07 PM

Thanks everybody for the very nice comments.

My wife was over the moon!

Red backs: Hopefully the Microsheen Shoe polish will keep them out.

-- Regards Rob

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