Perfectly Imperfect Shoe Rack

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Project by TangoFox posted 03-11-2018 02:39 PM 991 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mostly maple, with he front rails made of Paduak. Finished with a few coats of poly. It would be nothing remarkable, except…

This was my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. Or any dovetails, for that matter. Completely unnecessary joinery, but I figured a floor level piece that was more practical than decorative was a good chance to practice. Out of 12 joints, I got 2 decent ones, 3 that were good enough, and the rest were exactly what you’d expect from someone who didn’t really know what he was doing!

Not a complicated piece, but fun to build nonetheless.


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#1 posted 03-11-2018 05:17 PM

I’ve been practicing dovetails myself, and any project that actually uses them is good practice. Better than just cutting dovetails in scrap wood and throwing them away.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 03-11-2018 09:13 PM

This is a nice looking shoe rack. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-11-2018 10:45 PM

Most of my dovetail practice ends up as kindling.
Nice work.

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 03:41 AM

Wel done and attractive.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 11:26 AM

That works for Florida…......if we use one of these in Wisconsin then all the snow from the top row shoes/boots drips onto the shoes below them.
I giggled at the comments about your dovetails…......I still haven’t tried a free-hand dovetail yet.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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