How to Make a Shoe Cubby for Kids

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  • 3-10 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-200
What You'll Need
4 pieces of 12-by-33 1/2-inch plywood
Tape measure
Pencil
Straightedge
Handheld multipurpose tool
1/4-inch straight bit
Handheld rotary tool
1/8-inch drll bit
Wood glue
12 pieces of 12-by-16 1/2-inch plywood
4p finishing nails
Hammer
Rag
3/4-inch wood screws
Phillips head drill bit
33-by-34 1/4-inch plywood

A shoe cubby is one way to help kids organize their room. Shoes are off the floor and out of the way, and it is easy to find a matching pair when they're not jumbled up in a pile. Shoe cubbies can hold any footwear, from roller skates to slippers to winter boots. A shoe cubby is inexpensive to build, and only basic woodworking skills are required. Paint it brightly to give a child's room a bit of extra color.

Step 1 - Make the Marks

Measure along each 33-inch side on every piece of 12-by-33 1/2-inch plywood with a tape measure. Make marks with a pencil at 6.5, 7, 13, 13.5, 19.5, 20, 26 and 26.5 inches.

Step 2 - Pull out the Rotary Tool

Place a straightedge between each parallel mark and draw a line across the plywood with a pencil. Cut a 1/4-inch-deep and 1/2-inch-wide channel at each pair of lines with a handheld rotary equipped with a 1/4-inch straight bit. Cut an additional channel on the very ends.

Step 3 - Drill

Drill three pilot holes in each of the freshly made channels with a 1/8-inch drill bit attached to a handheld rotary tool. Drill one pilot hole one-inch from each end of the channel and one pilot hole directly in the middle of the channel. The pilot holes should be in the center of the channel, equidistant from each channel wall.

Step 4 - Install Dividers

Place a thin bead of glue down the center of each channel. Insert a piece of 12-by-16 1/2-inch plywood into each channel so that the ends are flush. Fix the dividers in place with a 4p finishing nail in each pilot hole. Wipe away excess glue with a wet rag.

Step 5 - Make Boxes

Place a thin trail of glue over the top of one box in a zigzag pattern. Set the second box on the first so all of the edges are flush. Attach the boxes with 3/4-inch wood screws at each corner, placed through the bottom of the upper box into the top of the lower box.

Step 6 - Attach Backing

Lay the cubby down on its face. Place a thin bead of wood glue around the edges of the cubby back and along the back of every other divider. Lay the 33-by-34 1/4-inch plywood on top of the cubby so that the edges are flush and secure it in place with 4p finishing nails.