blue painted boot rack built with stair balusters
Steps // How to Build a Boot Stand
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Overview

 
Step One // How to Build a Boot Stand

Overview

overview of boot stand, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Cut list to build a boot stand:
Balusters: eight @ 23 inches long, with uniform base heights cut to 10°

Boot-rack base: one 2x6 cut with 45° angled ends and to 24 inches between long points

Boot-rack feet: two 2x4s cut with 45° angled ends and to 8 ½ inches between long points

Or download the cut list here.

 
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Cut the Balusters

 
Step Two // How to Build a Boot Stand

Cut the Balusters

cut balusters depending on boot length, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Use a boot to determine where to cut your balusters. Trim the lengths off the baluster tops accordingly. Cut the bases at a 10° angle. We left about 8 inches of baluster beyond the opening of an adult-size boot.

 
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Drill Pilot Holes

 
Step Three // How to Build a Boot Stand

Drill Pilot Holes

drilling pilot holes on bottom of ballusters, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

On the bottom of each baluster, draw an x connecting the corners. Center a ¼-inch pilot hole where the lines intersect.

 
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Make the Base

 
Step Four // How to Build a Boot Stand

Make the Base

making the base of the boot rack, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Find the center line of a 2x6 board. Using the bottom of the baluster as a measuring guide, determine the length of your base and the spacing of your balusters. (Our baluster base is 1¼ inches square. We came in 2½ inches and left a 1 ¼-inch space between each baluster.) Once you've determined the length, cut the 2x6. (Ours is 24 inches long.) Detail the ends of the base by cutting a 45° angle on edge and then making a straight cut and snubbing off the pointed ends.

 
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Drill Holes for the Balusters

 
Step Five // How to Build a Boot Stand

Drill Holes for the Balusters

drilling holes in the base for the balusters, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Find the center of each of the spaces where you want the balusters to go. Using your marks as a guide, drill holes in the base with the ¼-inch bit. Using the ⅜-inch paddle bit, recess and widen the second pilot holes from each end on the underside to countersink the fastener heads covered by the feet.

 
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Attach the Balusters

 
Step Six // How to Build a Boot Stand

Attach the Balusters

using a socket wrench to attach the balusters to the base, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Using the socket wrench, tighten the lag screws through the bottom of the base into the balusters.

 
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Attach the Feet and Finish Attaching the Balusters

 
Step Seven // How to Build a Boot Stand

Attach the Feet and Finish Attaching the Balusters

attaching the feet to the base, how to build a boot rack out of balusters
Photo by Lisa Shin

Echo the detailed ends of the base on the 2x4, snubbing the ends, to make the feet. (Our feet are 8½ inches long.) Using the drill/driver, screw the feet to the base with 2½-inch deck screws. Finish attaching the rest of the balusters. Prime and paint.

 

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