My daughter asked me to design and build a cabinet, or organizer for her shoes and boots. Here is the design I came up with in Google Sketchup:
This organizer fits into an existing closet. It will set on 1 side of the closet.
There will be 4 vertical slots to hold her boots in the bottom. The top shelves will be for regular shoes.
I decided to make it out of standard 3/4" pine which will be painted white. I will use Zinsser's paint to cover the pine knots on the first coat, followed by a medium grade latex semi-gloss for the final 2nd coat.
I used my new Sears router to rout the 3/4" grooves in the 2 vertical side pieces. I probably should have made up a special guide jig for the router, but I just temporarily c-clamped 2 scrap pieces for guides for the router.
I tried cutting the 1/2" deep groove in 1 pass, but it was too much stock removal. I split it up into 3 passes for each groove ( 3/16, 3/8, and 1/2 inch depths).
The next step was to cut the horizontal shelves using a temporary stop on the radial arm saw, so they would all be cut exactly to the same length. This is important to yield a nice looking cabinet with good joints.
I used the same concept when I cut the 3 vertical boot dividers so they were the same length.
I also routed the 2 main vertical pieces on the back to accept 3/16 deep Luan for the unit's back piece. I also routed the top and bottom horizontal shelves to accept the Luan as well.
I made the groove 1/4" deep for the 3/16" thick Luan, which on past projects has worked fine.
I had to route more 3/4" wide grooves to accept the vertical boot dividers:
And here is the unit rough assembled. I measured the exact lengths of the vertical boot dividers, because they varied by 1/8 inch........because my router depths were not exactly the same on each groove.
I rounded the tops of the 2 main vertical pieces so the unit would slide easier on the floor, and looks nicer than 90 degree corners.
Now on to painting............
I decided to paint the pieces before assembly. The shelves are too small to reach in with my hand and paint after assembly. I did not paint the last 1 inch on the edges of the shelves, because it is a very tight fit........and the 2 coats of paint might not allow good assembly, and the paint might be scraped off also. I will paint these edges after assembly.
Here is the finished unit in my work shop:
And here is the finished unit installed in my daughter's closet:
I had a lot more trouble than I expected at final assembly. All 1x12's have some warpage, and this caused me to have to use bar clamps to seat the shelves. If I do this again, I would plane a minimal amount off the shelves, to make the final assembly easier.
My daughter was very happy with the completed unit. She can even store her boots upright versus folder over.