Shoe Rack

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Project by Deaser posted 01-16-2013 06:11 PM 2470 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shoe rack for my mud room was requested by my wife out of necessity after our cheap particle board shoe rack disintegrated from my kids climbing on it. The overall size is 48”L x 12”W x 15.5”H. The top and shelf are cherry and the ends are curly maple. Finish is 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. This was my second attempt at handcut dovetails and my first attempt at dovetailing 3/4” stock. I discovered that additional material thickness makes dovetailing a bit more difficult.

Overkill for a mud room shoe rack? Probably, but my wife loves it. It’s the first thing I see when I walk into my house and it makes me smile. Also, the kids can climb all over this shoe rack and it doesn’t budge!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 06:14 PM

Wow that’s one fancy shoe rack great job.


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#2 posted 01-16-2013 07:34 PM

I say it’s far better to go for overkill, rather than not doing enough. Very nice job. If the wife loves it, consider your mission accomplished.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 12:13 AM

It’s something to be said about the things we build with our hands which make us smile when we see them. Outstanding job on the hand cut dovetails. Love the bench.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 02:13 AM

Simple and effective! The dovetails looks great, keep at it!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 04:09 AM

Those dovetails look great…nice shoe rack!

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 06:34 AM

Those DT’s would make anyone proud!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 02:08 PM

Great job, looks good as a small coffee table too.

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