Well, winter being cold, wet and muddy, our entry way is getting to be a
minor disaster area w/ everybodies boots and shoes. Training kids to
keep things lined up and orderly appears to be an exercise in futility
;) So, I figure this will make a good first 'house' project: A
boot/shoe rack for the entry way to organize and store all the boots,
snow boots, shoes, etc.
I searched the groups.google.com archives for rec.woodworking, as well
as just googling for 'woodworking plans boot rack' (substituted 'shoe'
in there also, and even dug thru images.google.com for just plain
pictures. I didn't come up w/ much, and a fair number of the links were
If anybody has some up-to-date links to plans/pictures I'd greatly
I asked the same question on another group not long ago and a fellow
woodworker responded with a link to a page that has one you can look at.
Is a fairly simple design, it would seem, but very functional. Of course I
could not come up with the idea myself.
http://welcome.to/EngelstadWoodworks The website has a few popups but
otherwise is clean.
He also was kind enough to mail me some guidelines on the build. Here is the
text of the email he sent me. If you do use this, please send a thank you
to Mr. Engelstad through his website for credit due.
Not much to the construction of the boot rack. It is made up os a couple
of side panels and shelves. The side panels are pine board glued up to form
a panel and then cit to any desired shape. The shelves are nothing more than
a wide pine board that can be purchases in the wide width or glued up to you
own width. I routed stop dado's in the side panels for the shelves to sit
in. The feet are nothing more than a scrap od pine board and screwed to the
bittom of the side panel. A couple of pine stiffeners along the back to keep
it sturdy and that is pretty much it. Along the front edge of each shelf is
a retainer made from pine. It attaches to the side panels as well. It is not
attached to the shelves as there needs to be a gap betwen the retainer and
the shelf for moiture and debris to escape that may fall off the footwear.
I had to visit my web site just to see what picture was on there. I
could not tremember, as I have meade several of them for sutomers. The one
pictured was painted in a forest green color sides with clear coated pine
shelves. It seemed to be the craze back then. :) I also cut a hear design
in the side panels to give it a little design. The inside of the heart is
painted red to celebrate the desing feature and make it eye catching.
I hope this helps you out. The construction is very simple. Estimate the
size of area in which the rack wil go (height, width, length). Build a
couple of panels according to the height and width. Cut them to any desired
shape. Make the shelves according to the length and simply attach them at
any desired slope to the side panels. It is a pretty easy project, simple
and fast and is very popular with those who see it. I am sure that you will
be asked to make more once a few of your guests see yours.
Can't remember where I saw this (possibly in a catalog) but you can use
1x1 cedar to make just a skeleton of a frame. Basically just 2 side
panels of 1x whatever and make 4 stretchers between them. All you need
is to put it on a mat to catch any water that runs off the shoes. If I
see it again, I'll post to the pictures group.
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