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How to design a wooden shoe rack

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden shoe racks can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most are simple in design and very easy to build. Although shoe racks are not really expensive in stores, you can build your own shoe rack in a matter of minutes for less than £13 as of April 2010. Shoe racks that have simple designs use very few materials, making them ecologically friendly. Use your wooden shoe rack to hold your sandals, shoes, and boots.

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  1. Drill twelve 1/2-inch holes into the 2-inch-by-2-inch board 2-inches deep. Space them 5-inches apart, and angle them all 30-degrees from perpendicular in the same direction. Use your cardboard triangle to keep the angle consistent (all 3-by-4-by-5 triangles have angles of 30, 60 and 90 degrees).

  2. Glue a dowel into each hole and let dry.

  3. Screw your shoe rack to the wall with four evenly spaced screws, using your level to make sure it is truly perpendicular. This rack will hold six pairs of shoes.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pine board, 2-inch-by-2-inch-by-60-inch
  • Cardboard 90-degree triangle, 3-inch-by-4-inch-by-5-inch
  • Drill/screw gun
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • 12 Pine dowels, 1/2-inch by 8-inch
  • Wood glue
  • Level
  • 4 Wood screws 3-inch

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.

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