My 4 year old's floating shoe shelf

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Project by A.Scott posted 03-15-2013 02:02 PM 1735 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just finished my son’s second flaoting shoe shelf. This project I chose to work on my mortise and tenon joinery and other than a couple errors I think it joined together pretty well…The seond FSS is seen in the first pic, when I was building it I forgot my phone in the house and failed to get pics as I went alont.

My 4 year old’s shoes are kept in his closet and they always ended up everywhere in the closet, so I chose to make a floating shoe shelf for him. My first approach was to use screws but I didn’t care for it because it didn’t seem to be right. So I attempted to make my first long dove tail but since I wanted the back to be flush with the top and bottom piece this didn’t seem to be strong enough for my son to use as he grows up.

So I went with what I believe is called a lap joint for the top and I am not sure what the bottom joint (in the 4th pic) would be called. After doing a dry fit I applied glue, clamped it and it dried solid enought to hold my steel toed boots. My wife and I then allowed our son to pick out the colors he wanted it to be and we painted it and put it on his closet wall and since then, 2 months now, he has kept the shoes he wears the most looking like this.

I now need to get build a couple more of these to keep more shoes off the floor. Thanks for looking this over!

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 02:09 PM

That’s a good solution. Tripping over shoes in a closet are aggravating. Good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 02:24 PM

yeah now his floor is covered with toys…maybe I need to build something to get them off the floor…but as they say if it isn’t one thing it is another

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 03:39 PM

Nice design. Great idea!. I´like.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 04:02 PM

Gracias Gerardo

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#5 posted 03-16-2013 08:28 PM

Well, there’s a 4 year old who really gets around with all those shoes! Great idea, I’m doing it for my grandson.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#6 posted 03-19-2013 02:18 PM

Like the idea. Great job on creating a simple project but a great solution to the messy shoes in the closet.

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