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Reclaimed Wood Shoe Rack

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  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Polyurethane Bristle Paintbrush
    • Sandpaper: grits 100, 150, 220
    • Tape Measure
    • Carpenter's Square
    • Drill
    • Countersink Drill Bit Matching Size of Screws
    • Box of ~100 1 1/2" Stainless Steel Wood Screws
    • (4) 2" Diameter Adhesive Furniture Pads
    • Shelf Bottoms: 10 Pieces Cut to 23" x 5 1/2" x 3/4"
    • Shelf Backs: 5 Pieces Cut to 24 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 3/4"
    • Shelf Sides: 10 Pieces Cut to 11 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 3/4"
    • Top: 1 Piece Cut to 26" x 8" x 3/4"
    • Sides: 2 Pieces Cut to 48" x 11" x 3/4"

  1. Cut all of your wood parts to the dimensions outlined above.
  2. For each of the two side pieces, mark a line at 8" along the top edge and draw a line down to the bottom corner of the piece so tapers from 8" down to 11".
  3. Sand all the wood parts on all sides through progressive grits 100, 150 and 220. Be sure to lightly sand the edges on all sides as well.
  4. Vacuum or wipe away all the remaining dust.
  5. Pre-staining is ideal for a project like this, so apply three coats of stain to all sides of every piece. Allow to dry for 24 hours before assembly. Small scratches that may take place during assembly, as well as small screw holes, can be touched up following assembly.
  6. Begin to assemble the five shelf pieces by aligning the two sides and place the two bottom pieces over the sides so they are square and flush along the front and back edges.
  7. From the bottom pieces, pre-drill pilot holes with the countersink bit deep enough to allow the screw head to be just below the surface.
  8. Attach the bottoms with three screws on each end to the side pieces so that the bottoms and sides are held together with 12 screws total.
  9. Align the back pieces squarely with the bottom/side assembly. Again, pre-drill each hole and attach the back pieces to both the sides and bottom edge of the shelf assembly.
  10. Place one of the side pieces on a flat surface and position the bottom shelf on its edge so that its back and bottom edges are flush with the back corner of the side. Pre-drill three evenly-spaced pilot holes through the inside surface of the shelf, being careful not to drill all the way through, and then attach the shelf to the side of the assembly.
  11. Repeat the above step for the other four shelves, spacing them at desired positions to accommodate for shoes and boots. Be sure to use your carpenter’s square to ensure the shelves are squarely positioned along the side before screwing them in. Leave at least 5" of space from the top edge of the side piece.
  12. Flip the assembled piece over and place the second side piece. Square up each shelf location, pre-drilling the holes and then screw them in place.
  13. With the shelves and sides assembled, flip the piece upright and secure the top to the sides with three screws on each end.
  14. Attach the four furniture pads to the bottom of the shelf unit, and touch-up any marks or exposed wood with the stain.