How to build a shoe organizer

This step by step diy woodworking project is about how to build a shoe organizer. If you want to learn more about building a storage unit for your shoes, we recommend you to pay attention to the instructions described in the article. Work with attention and plan everything with attention, in order to keep the costs under control and to get the job done in a professional manner.

There are many plans and designs to choose from when building a shoe organizer, so make sure you take a look over the rest of the related projects featured on our site. You should adjust the dimensions and the design of the shoe organizer to suit your needs, while using the same woodworking techniques described in the article. Invest in high-quality materials, such as pine, cedar or redwood.

Select the lumber with great care, making sure the slats are perfectly straight and in a very good visual condition. Drill pocket holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood from splitting. Make sure the corners are right-angled and lock the components together, after making sure the edges are flush. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to enhance the rigidity of the structure.

 

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Building a shoe organizer

Building a shoe organizer

 

Materials

  • A – 1 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 13″x34 1/2″ long, 1 piece – 11″x36″ long SHELVES
  • B – 2 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 16″x17 1/4″ long SIDES
  • C – 1 piece  of 1/4″ plywood – 18″x36″ long BACK
  • D – 2 pieces of 3/4″ lumber – 8″x13″ long DIVIDERS
  • E – 2 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 17″ long, 1 piece – 37 1/2″ long TRIMS

 

Tools

  • Safety gloves, glasses
  • Miter saw, jigsaw
  • Chalk line, tape measure, spirit level, carpentry pencil
  • Drill machinery and drill bits

 

Tips

  • Apply several coats of wood stain to the wooden components
  • Fill the holes with wood filler and smooth the surface

 

Time

  • One Day

 

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How to build a shoe organizer

Building the side components

Building the side components

 

The first step of the woodworking project is to build the sides of the shoe organizer. Therefore, we recommend you to mark the cut line son a piece of 3/4″ lumber, making sure the corners are right-angled. Use a circular saw to get the job done and smooth the cut edges with sandpaper.

 

Building the frame of the organizer

Building the frame of the organizer

 

Continue the woodworking project by fitting the shelves and the top to the side components. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the shelves and secure them to the sides with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws. Make sure the corners are square and add waterproof glue to enhance the rigidity of the joints. Drill pocket holes along the top edges of the side components and secure them to the seat with screws. Make sure the edges are flush before inserting the screws.

 

Attaching the back

Attaching the back

 

The next step of the woodworking project is to attach a piece of 1/4″ plywood to the back of the shoe organizer. Cut the piece of plywood at the right dimensions, attach it to the back and secure it into place with 1 1/4″ screws. Add waterproof glue to the joints, in order to create a durable bond.

 

Fitting the splitting walls

Fitting the splitting walls

 

If you want to enhance the look of the project, we recommend you to cut two pieces of 3/4″ plywood and to fit them into place, as shown in the image. Make sure the corners are right-angled, drill pocket holes along the top and the bottom edges of the dividers and secure them into place with 1 1/4″ galvanized screws.

 

Attaching the bottom trims

Attaching the bottom trims

 

Attaching 1×2 trims to the bottom of the shoe organizer is an optional step, but the trims will most certainly add value to the project. Make the joints by cutting the ends of the components at 45 degrees, in order to get the job done in a professional manner.

 

How to build a shoe organizer

How to build a shoe organizer

 

Last but not least, we recommend you to take care of the finishing touches. Fill the holes with wood filler and let it to dry out for several hours. Afterwards, smooth the wooden surface with fine-grit sandpaper and vacuum the residues.

Smart Tip: Apply several coats of stain or paint to the wooden components, if you want to protect them from decay and to enhance the look of the shoe organizer.

 

 

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