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Timber boot rack with a pair of black gum boots

Overview

A boot rack is a great addition to your front porch or mudroom; it’ll give your boots a chance to dry out after a wet workday. Try making this peg-style boot rack for a unique and modern take on a household must-have.

Steps

1Cut pine and dowel to size

From the pine, measure, mark and cut two bases 800mm long and two sides at 300mm. From the dowel, cut six 400mm lengths and six 300mm lengths. Smooth over all the pieces with 180-grit abrasive paper.
Mitre saw cutting a piece of dowel

2Drill indents for dowels

On the bases, measure and mark along 100mm, 220mm, 340mm, 460mm, 580mm and 700mm. Drill halfway through the marks using a 25mm spade bit.
Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Mark the depth on the bit with a felt-tip pen and use it as a guide to avoid drilling right through. The dowel should be a tight fit, but if it doesn't tap in, sand the end and inside the hole until it fits.
Person uses a spade bit to drill through pine

3Position and secure dowels

To install the dowel, apply adhesive into the holes, position the 300mm dowels in one base and the 400mm dowels in the other. Secure the dowel through the bases with 30mm timber screws.
Close up of a pair of hands securing dowel into pine with a screw

4Measure and pre-drill side pine pieces

On the side pieces, measure and mark 20mm in from the ends and 10mm in from the sides, then pre-drill holes with a 3mm bit.
A piece of pine measured and marked ready to be cut

5Secure base with adhesive and screws

Position the bases upside down between the sawhorses. Apply adhesive to the ends, position the sides so the ends are flush with the bases, and secure with 30mm screws. Wear gloves to apply Danish oil with a cloth.
*Timbers vary by state and territory; contact your local store for further information.
Pine bases attached together with glue and a screw

6More D.I.Y. inspiration

If you’re looking for another timber project, check out our guide to making a hat rack with dowel rods.

 

Photo Credit: Belinda Merrie and Sam van Kan

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.