Builder's Studio: DIY Wooden Shoe Cabinet

In this episode of Builder's Studio, Jonah explains how you can build this beautiful shoe storage cabinet using some of Osborne's wooden components! This cabinet is cost efficient and simple to build, making it the perfect weekend project. We utilized Osborne's Eclipse Oval Cabinetry Panels and Squat Bun Feet along with some locally sourced hardware and lumber. We also used a custom sized walnut top which you can learn more about below!

Parts Used in This Build:

Assembly Instructions

Overall Dimensions: 34” x 29” x 16” (36” Top)

What we used:

  • Custom Table Top from Osborne (ours was 36” x 20”)
  • Poplar and Pine Lumber
  • Pulls

Other items needed:

  • Planer
  • Circular Saw
  • Sander and sandpaper (we used 220 grit)
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Box cutter
  • Wood glue (optional)
  • Clamps
  • Brad nailer and nails
  • Stain or paint
  • Screws
  • Tape measure
  • Reverse joint bit (optional)
  • Straight Edge
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Router (optional)


  1. Source all of the lumber and materials you will need for the project. Some of the lumber may need to be planed and joined to the correct size.
  2. Our planer only accepts a 13” width and we were in need of a 16” width. First, we planed two boards down to 1” thick. Then, we joined our planed boards with a reverse joint bit on a router table to create the necessary width for the project.
  3. Glue your desired boards together, matching the grain as best as you can. Add a bead of glue to both the routed and flat grooves and piece the two boards together. Once they are flush, tighten them together with clamps. We added three clamps to our boards.
  4. To cut the cabinetry panels to our desired size, we clamped them to a table and used a straight edge to help when using our circular saw.
  5. Assemble the box and use the brad nailer to secure the corners. We used a brad nailer to assemble the box but there are various methods you could use for attachment such as pre-drilled screws and using plugs or mitering the corners.
  6. Cut face frame boards to size and attach with the brad nailer.
  7. Take measurements for your interior shelves. We chose to add three shelves and measured the width needed for each one. The inside of our cabinet was 32” wide which is the width our shelves needed to be.
  8. We used pine as we were planning on staining our shelves. Using clamps, a straight edge and a circular saw, cut out all of your shelf boards. Also be sure to cut some scrap pieces to size to be used as nailer strips on the inside of the cabinet.
  9. Set up your sander with 220 grit sandpaper and sand all of your boards.
  10. Finish all of the components including your cabinetry panels, bun feet and nailer strip. We used stain on our shelf boards, paint on the bun feet and panels, and a clear coat on the cabinet top.
  11. Create pocket holes on the top edges of the cabinet box for easy attachment to the table top. To do this, use a drill and pocket hole jig clamped onto the top edges.
  12. Attach the furniture feet to the bottom of the cabinet. Predrill into the bottom board where you would like the bun feet to go. Using those holes, add a screw from the inside of the cabinet down into the bun foot.
  13. Attach the table top with the pocket holes created in step 11.
  14. To install the shelf boards, you need to mark inside the cabinet where the shelves will go. We put the bottom shelf 8” from the bottom of the cabinet and the others were 6” apart.
  15. Add a nailer strip with the top of the strip aligned with your marked line. Attach with the brad nailer and continue on the other side of the cabinet. The shelf should now slide right on top of the nailer strips.
  16. Continue this process with all of your shelf boards.
  17. Lay the cabinetry panels on the front face of your cabinet. Make sure they are centered and they have even spacing between the edge of the panel and the edges of the cabinet box. Mark where the hinges will need to go to turn the panels into cabinet doors.
  18. Screw the hinges in place on the cabinet box and panels.
  19. Install your desired pulls to the front of your cabinetry panels by marking where you would like them to go, pre drilling the necessary holes and then screwing the pulls into place.
  20. Install door latches to the top of your inner cabinet and the top of your cabinet panels to ensure that when the cabinet doors are closed, they will stay secure.
  21. The last step is to install the cabinetry backboard. We used a sheet of hardboard. We measured it out to 34” x 29” and used a box cutter to cut the board to the correct size. First, score the cut line with the box cutter and then bend the board to break it along the desired line.
  22. Make sure the shelves are in place and then add the backboard. Use the brad nailer to secure it along the outer edges.

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