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How to build a shoe display shelf cabinet

J_Smart
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How to build a shoe display shelf cabinet

Hi Bunnings Community,

I am looking at building a shelf with my partner to display her shoes and have records and a record player on top. 

Attached below is a photo that has lots of information on the project and the sketch of it. Each different colour is a different sized cut 😁

My main questions that I would love feedback on are:

1. How to attach a backing on the shelf.

2. How to support the shoes at the necessary angle (just considering a simple block under the heel but also potentially a rod or ramp) 

3. What material, mdf is cheapest and I have worked with it before but i'm not sure how well it paints even when using sealer. Melamine is not available in black from Bunnings :unhappy: , pine does not come in the right size. 

4. How would I attach the dividers. They will be pushed in after the shelf is constructed then I was considering maybe pocket holes underneath them?

5. How to join the actual shelf together without leaving visible screws on anywhere but the back of the shelf. Pocket holes? Dowels?

 

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks everyone

- J

Sam's Shelf Unit.jpg

redracer01
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Re: Shoe Display Cabinet/Shelf. Questions and help please

Hello @J_Smart 

 

Welcome to Bunnings Workshop. I ran in to the same problems when building my display shelf for my children's robot model collection. Most of the furniture I built is made of MDF and if prepped properly will give you a good adequate finish. Using a superior paint will give you a fantastic finish! If I had to do it all over again I would have spent a little bit more on the paint. Covering the screws is not an issue as you can simply use a filler to cover the screw holes. I suggest investing in a countersink drill bit so that you don't pinch or turn the MDF when you drive your screws in. I had to offset the shelf dividers so that I could screw them from top and bottom. There are ways around this but will require more work, using a pocket hole jig is a fantastic idea as well as using dowels. I do recommend that you use new drill bits as MDF tends to tear easily under stress.    

 

Using a small timber beading about 10mmx10mm will be more than sufficient to hold the shoes in place, that is if you place the shelves at an angle. Otherwise you might have to build mount for the shoe. If you want it flashier, you could use a 19mm wardrobe rod as holder but its only effective if they are all high heels. Putting a back panel should be a straight forward affair as there is enough mounting points for the back panel to screw in to. Time permitting I will try to post a sketch for you. I hope some of these suggestions work for you. I will try to post another one for you with more detail. For the meantime I've attached a link to show you how i built mine. Book case display If you have any other questions about your current diy project please post it here on workshop.

 

Cheers,

Red

 


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J_Smart
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Re: Shoe Display Cabinet/Shelf. Questions and help please

Hi Red,

Thanks for such a great reply. I totally glanced over the fact that I could put filler over wood holes. I have only ever used filler on pine but there is no reason I couldn't use it on MDF. I do have a handful of countersink bits so that is sorted.

 

I will definitely keep straight/level shelves for ease of installation and the potential for other uses down the track. If I was to attach beading at the back of the shelf to raise the heel of the shoe do you think I could just use glue and maybe a couple of screws?

 

Can a backing panel of 3mm or so just be attached straight onto the back of the shelf or should it be rebated in. I assume that's not necessary. 

 

Thanks so much for your time and information. Your book case looks great.

 

Cheers, J 

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redracer01
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Re: Shoe Display Cabinet/Shelf. Questions and help please

Hello @J_Smart 

 

I suggest using 6mm instead of 3mm MDF so that the panel does not twist or warp when screwed on the back of the cabinet. No need to rebate unless you are keen to do so.

 

Red 


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