Ahh, back to my wheelhouse. Carpentry. It’s been a while since I worked on anything substantial. We’ve been talking for sometime now about adding some sort of shoe organization system to the garage to get all of our shoes off the floor. I’ve had a basic idea of what I thought the shoe rack would look like and what works for our space. We looked around some stores to see if there was anything that would work and we didn’t find anything. I thought this would be a great, somewhat quick project to keep us busy and would go a long way to straightening out the garage. Here’s how it’s going so far.
I started with one 4′x8′ sheet of 3/4″ thick Birch plywood. Since I’m going to paint this project and not stain it, Birch is an ideal wood choice. MDF is also a good paint grade material, but it’s heavy as hell. Can you use solid wood instead of plywood? Yes, but, solid wood is a lot more expensive and is much more subject to expansion and contraction from changes in temperature and humidity. Since this is going in the garage, which is not a heated space, solid wood is a bad idea.
The first thing I did is cut a couple 9″ wide and 75″ long pieces from the sheet.
Now it’s time to add the shelves. I measured the shelves to be big enough to accommodate my sneakers, since those will be the biggest shoes on the shelf. They’re also plywood. To attach the shelves to the rest of the assembly, I’m using pocket screws on the back of the shelf.
Feels good to be building again. Any projects you’re currently working on? Need to clean up your shoes? What do you do to organize your shoes?