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How to: DIY Wooden Shoe Racks

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden shoe racks are a great do-it-yourself project for the family. Simple shoe rack designs are inexpensive and building your own saves you a trip to the store. Oak, a strong, decorative hardwood often used for furniture, works well for shoe racks. With just two pieces of wood, four dowels and some basic tools, you can make a durable shoe rack.

Lay a 15-inch board flat. Draw a line across the board parallel with the 15-inch edge, and two inches away from the edge. Draw another line across the board that is parallel with the first, and two inches away from the opposite 15-inch edge. Repeat this process on the other board.

Position your board so the lines are vertical. Draw an "X" over the left line two inches down from the top of the line. Draw another "X" on the same line nine inches below the first. Rotate the board 180-degrees and repeat this process on the other line. Repeat this step with the other board.

Drill a 3/32-inch pilot hole through the markings and through the board. Drill a ½-inch deep, ¾-inch diameter hole into each of the pilot holes. All of the ¾-inch-diameter holes should be on the same side of the boards. Turn the boards over and drill a ¼-inch deep countersink hole into the other ends of the pilot holes. Erase the pencil markings.

Position the boards on their 8-inch ends, parallel, so the ¾-inch holes are facing each other and aligned. Place a dab of glue that is about the size of a dime inside each of the holes. Place the ends of the dowels inside the holes, and screw through the boards and into the dowels. The screw heads should be inside the countersunk holes. Wipe any excess glue of with your damp cloth.

Sand down the shoe rack with your medium-grade, and fine-grade sand paper. Wipe the rack down with a tack cloth and apply your wood stain. Let the stain dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 oak boards, 1-by-8-by-15 inches
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil w/eraser
  • Straight-edge
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 3/32-inch
  • Drill bit, 3/4-inch
  • Counter-sink, 3/8-inch
  • Wood glue
  • 4 oak dowels, 3/4-by-30 inches
  • Screw gun
  • 4 wood screws, 3-inch
  • Damp cloth
  • Sand paper, medium-grade, fine-grade
  • Tack cloth
  • Wood stain
  • Brush
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About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.