Pegged Shoe Rack – Home Decor Online Tips

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Vertical shoe storage. This inexpensive and simple to build shoe cabinet can be easily customized to fit any space or shoe storage need. And it’s much firmer than the plastic ones you’ll find in most home storage stores.

This simple rack uses no nails, no screws, and holds up to 15 pairs of shoes.

In this “I Can Do It” column, we introduce the use of pegs instead of hardware to hold the project together.

This simple shoe cabinet uses five pieces of 2 “x 2” x 36 “poplar (which is actually 1 12 square) for the uprights, feet and guides; six 58Poplar “x 48” dowels for the crosspieces; is one 38 x 48 “ poplar dowel for the pegs.

A good lesson when working with dowels is that not all are the same. Before you begin, measure the diameters of the dowels, then select the drill bit to match the smaller one. (Although I bought 58 dowels, three of them were actually closer 916“.)

First, cut the cross bars to size. I decided on a 36 ″ span, long enough to hold five pairs of elegant women’s shoes. With six anchors to cut to the same length, measure and mark one, then install a stop block on the miter saw rail and cut each to 38 ″. The additional 2 ″ is used to seat the 1 ″ dowels at both ends in the posts.

Stop-block. Here, I have installed a stop block on the miter saw fence with a scrap piece and a spring clamp. This saves a lot of time by not having to measure and mark each piece.

While at the miter saw, cut your two 12 “feet and two 5” rails, again, with a stop block. Then draw a line on the right side of the 2-foot fence12, and cut 16 212 pegs from 38 dowel (only 12 are needed, but the extra is never bad). By holding the dowel in place against the guide on the left side and cutting these short pieces on the right side of the blade, your hands are safely away from the blade. Once the pegs are cut, taper one end slightly on each for easier insertion. An old-fashioned pencil sharpener on its larger setting works well for this task.

The uprights are 36 ″ long, so no cutting is required on these.

Then, line up the two feet and pin them together to arrange the positions of the four posts and the anchors to join them. First, measure 2 “from both ends and use a combined square to mark a line on both pieces; then measure 112“From those marks and draw another line on both pieces. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner of the resulting squares on each foot. I observed the placement (along the diagonal line) for each of the four 38“Pegs that are guided through each foot to fit into the lower ends of the uprights.

Now move on to the arrangement of the crosspieces in the posts. Again, it’s important that they line up perfectly across the entire width. Lock the two rear posts together and mark both at the same time for the crosshead positions 10 “, 20”, and 30 “from the bottom. Mark the center point at each location (34“From both edges.) The A-pillar cross members are offset downwards 112“From the ones in the back. Firmly clamp one of the posts lengthwise (with the marked side facing up) into your Workmate, put the appropriate bit into the drill, put a 1 “piece of tape from the tip of the bit to act as a depth stop and Drill a 1 “- deep hole in each marked location on the riser, then repeat on each.

Drill straight. As you drill through the foot at the bottom of the riser, keep the drill level.

Then securely fasten each of the feet a drill through holes that match the size of the pegs in all eight marked locations. Maintain perforation level for this operation; you will use your foot as a jig to drill the corresponding 1 ″ deep holes in the ends of the posts, and you will need these to line them up straight.

Now lock the two front posts together with the already drilled holes facing down and mark the location for 38 through holes at the top, 34“Down from the top edge and 34”From both sides, then drill directly. As with the feet, this hole will be used as a template to drill the corresponding 1 ″ deep holes in the two top rails between the posts.

Now clamp one of the rear uprights loosely lengthwise into the Workmate vise with the holes along the length facing up, leaving enough space at the bottom to line up the foot with the layout marks you made, then squeeze everything tightly together. Wrap a piece of masking tape 212”From the tip of the drill to mark the depth of the hole. Use the through holes in the feet as a guide to drill two 1 ″ deep holes in the bottom of the post.

Before unlocking this setup, put glue in the holes and drive the two pegs with a hammer or sledgehammer. Try to position the pegs completely so that you have enough holding force between the two pieces (if you have a bit of peg sticking out, you can later sand flush). Attach the corresponding front post (holes facing down) to the foot, drill the holes and place the pegs. Do the same with the other side.

Final alignment. The last step is to secure the rails in place, drill, add glue and place the pegs. You will need to support the rack against a solid surface as you place the pegs; otherwise, the rack will move with each touch and the pegs will not.

Time to add the sleepers. Place one assembled side on the ground, with the holes facing up, and apply the dry anchors. Remember: some of your stringers may be a little larger than your holes, so you may need to sand them to fit. When all the dowels fit, add glue into the holes and place the dowels with a hammer.

Now take the other side assembly, smear the glue around the holes and line up the crossbars in the corresponding holes. Once the side is aligned, hammer the side down until the cross members are in place; let the glue dry. (If you have long enough clamps, use them to tighten everything together.)

Add the rails, using the through holes in the posts as guides. Once you have the rails in place to square everything, secure them firmly and drill through the 1 ″ posts into the holes. Lean your rack against something solid so you can swing your hammer with enough force to place the pegs and not just slide the rack across the floor with each hit.

Sand all surfaces (and all proud pegs flush) before finishing. I used two coats of amber shellac, sanding with # 360 grit between the coats. However, shellac can be difficult to work with; it dries very quickly so it is difficult to maintain a wet edge and achieve an even coat. If I build another shoe cabinet, I will likely succumb to the siren’s call of spray paint or spray paint.

Cutting list for shoe cabinet with anchors

Item No. dimensions (inches) material


❏ 4 Uprights 1 12 x 1 12 x 36 poplar

❏ 2 feet 1 12 x 1 12 x 12 poplar

❏ 2 tracks 1 12 x 1 12 x 5 poplar

❏ 6 Cross bars 58 dia. 38 Plug

❏ 12 rungs 38 dia. 2 gusset

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