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My wife wanted a shoe shelf to go next to our entryway door into the house from the garage. I thought about just putting a quick square shelf in there, but I thought I'd try something a little more exciting. Who says a shoe shelf can't be exciting?

I copied this design directly from another LJ iozl: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50975 . I modified mine some from his. I know it looks a little tall, but my wife wanted something that our girls' snow boots will fit in during the winter.

I did a lot of firsts in this build: template routing with flush trim bit, using rasps and files to sculpt the legs, and getting more practice with my bandsaw. At the end I decided to sink one pocket screw from underneath into each leg for added strength at the joint. I plugged it with a pocket hole wooden plug. I got so sick of sanding those darn legs. I ended up concentrating on one leg a day - to lessen the chance of dry heaving while sanding all at once. I digress.

Alder shelves with hickory legs. Finished with equal parts BLO, semigloss poly, mineral spirits - wiped on 5 coats. The final pics make it look a little warmer than it really is - there was some evening sunlight coming into the shop when we took the pics.

Thanks for looking!
Travis

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That's too nice to put muddy boots on. It would look even better with a twin on the other side of the couch. You could nail some plywood and 2×4's together for muddy boots. LOL Just a little more wood around the joint and you'd have a Maloof style shoe shelf.
 

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Shoes never had it so good,a very cool design,good job
 

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Arty piece. My wife said it looked to good for shoes. i agree, but it's your shelf. Great job on this.
 

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very artistic shoe shelf. gr8 idea to do the legs like this. they make the shelf look really nice, and not "boxee"
 

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I thought it looked familiar! Great job!
 

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The first of many experiments combining function anf form? Nice piece.
 

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Really cool shoe storage. I really need to make a nice one like yours. Right now we have a rickity piece of junk that I don't really like. I think once I get finished getting my shop put togeather I will have to make something like yours.
 

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much, much to nice for shoes, but if it fits the decor great.
 

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This shoe rack turned out great! Must be that time of year…a shoe rack is what's on my bench too!
 

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WOW! What a piece of fine work!
 

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Thanks guys for all the nice comments. iozl - thanks for paving the way on this one. I wanted something different and when I searched LJ for shoe shelves, I saw yours and I knew that was the style I wanted. I'm def going to try and keep the mud off this one.
 
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