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A completed shoe storage rack against a white wall holding ten pairs of ladies shoes, two picnic blankets and a handbag

Overview

Shoes have a habit of ending up on the floor and scattered all over the room. You can find them a home with this stylish shoe storage rack and it’s so easy to make.

Steps

1Cut your timber

To make this project easier, we had the timber pre-cut at Bunnings.

290mm x 45mm hardwood:

  • 600mm x 1
  • 800mm x 1
  • 1000mm x 1
  • 1200mm x 1

90mm x 19mm Tasmanian oak:

  • 330mm x 85mm x 19mm x 1

42mm x 19mm Tasmanian oak:

  • 1760mm x 4
  • 400mm x 8
The various cuts of timber used in the making of a show storage rack

2Make the A-frame legs

Make a 16-degree mitre cut with the drop saw at the end of one of the legs. Measure and mark 1760mm from long end to short end, then make a 16-degree mitre cut on this end of the leg as well. Repeat the process for the three other legs.

A length of timber being measured for cutting using a circular saw

3Attach the shelf supports

Lay the timber out as it will sit when the A-frames are together. Clamp the legs together and measure for the shelf supports. Ours measured 250mm from the top, then spaced in 430mm increments to the final shelf. Pre-drill with the 4mm bit, then lay out the two pieces of 1760mm so they are parallel. Put the shelf supports into position so it looks like a ladder. Clamp the timber together. Pre-drill with the 4mm bit, countersink and then secure the shelves with the 50mm timber screws. Repeat the process for both sides.

The tools and materials required for the job, including clamps, a square rule, a pencil, various lengths of timber and several bolts

4Make the capping for the top

Our 95mm capping piece was ripped to 85mm and bevelled with a 16-degree bevel on both sides. To do this, lay both sides of the frame together. Measure the distance between the two sides for the front and back width of the capping piece. Transfer these measurements to the timber. We ripped our timber to 85mm. Then measure and cut the timber to length for the sides. We gave ours a 16-degree cut at each end. To attach the capping, clamp it in place, pre-drill with the 4mm bit, countersink and screw into place with the 50mm screws.

The top of a shoe storage rack frame being measured and marked for a joint

5Putty and sand

Apply putty to cover up all of the screw holes and gaps. When it's dry, sand it smooth. Sand the hardwood shelves to round off any corners and edges. Start with 180 grit sandpaper and graduate to 240 for the final finish. Wipe away any sawdust.

The joints of a shoe storage rack being sanded down

6Stain the frame and shelves

We painted our frame with a clear varnish to seal the timber, protect it, and bring out the natural wood grain. Apply as many coats as you need, letting it dry and lightly sanding between coats.

The frame for a shoe storage rack being varnished

7The finishing touches

Move the shoe storage rack where you want it to go and put the shelves in position. Now all you have to do is put your favourite shoes and handbags on display. It looks great and no more mess.

A completed shoe storage rack against a white wall holding ten pairs of ladies shoes, two picnic blankets and a handbag

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.