1. Take The Measurements Of The Box To Make The Separators
The structure of this shoemaker is very simple. From a box of fruits that you have at home, you just have to create some wooden dividers to make the different spaces in which to put your shoes. Very easy!
Start by measuring the box to create the separators. In total, you have to make three separators, one larger than the width of the box and two smaller ones with the length measurement, which will be fitted perpendicular to the first one. Thus, you will create six independent spaces for shoes. Move these measurements to a piece of plywood, marking them with the help of a pencil.
2. Create The Cobbler’s Separators
Once you have the pieces marked, it is time to cut the plywood. How? With the jigsaw and helping you if you need a sergeant to fix the pieces and not move. Follow the lines you have marked before and created the three separators.
When you have finished cutting them, make the slots to fit the spacers together. Divide the long separator into 3, creating two equidistant marks: it will be where the other two pieces fit. From that mark and with the help of a pencil, draw two grooves that must have a width equal to the thickness of the wood of the other two spacers and a length that reaches half the spacer. When you have it, also mark a slot in the middle of the two small separators, with the same guidelines: they must have a width equal to the thickness of the wood and a height that reaches half the height of the piece.
When you have the grooves marked, cut with a jigsaw and sandpaper well to remove any imperfection that spoils the finish.
3. Decorate With Wax
It is time to decorate this shoe rack with a box of fruits. We have chosen to give it a rustic look, so we have used a specific wax for that purpose. If you like it, point the idea! Remember also that if your box is already painted, you will first have to remove the paint before applying the wax; Without doing this step, the result will not be the same as the one you see in images.
Start decorating To do this, place the box on a protective paint paper over the area where you are going to work. Apply the wax using the microfiber cloth. Do it conscientiously, making sure to fill with wax all the nooks and crannies of the box.
With the plywood separators, carry out the same process: apply wax until the wood is well covered. Once you finish, let everything dry.
4. Brighten With Steel Wool
Now comes the time to use steel wool, which serves to polish the pieces and get a finish like a varnish. Pass it carefully through the wood and without doing much pressure, this way you will avoid damaging the material.
5. Fit The Shoemaker’s Pieces
Do you have everything ready? Well, you can now join all the pieces. First, place the longest separator in the center of the wooden fruit box. Next, fit the other two pieces into the slots you created. It only remains that you check that everything is well fitted so that they do not go off when you pick up the shoes.
Ready! What do you think about this idea to create a shoe rack with a box of fruit? Leave us a comment telling us if you would! And if you like doing things with wooden boxes, we have a selection with 16 very original decorated wooden boxes.