Build a 55 gallon drum shoe rack

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While you may think that a 55 gallon drum has uses only in factories to store and transport chemicals and other liquids, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that there could be other more mundane uses around the house that a 55 gallon drum may find use for. In this post, we will describe how to build a shoe rack out of a 55 gallon drum and put it in your garage where all of the older shoes that you may barely have space to store in your house can be nicely organized and be easily accessible.

To start off you need a 55 gallon drum. You can either purchase this or get it for free from a variety of sources including local hardware stores or pet stores or pool supply stores or other warehouses. Cut the top off. Next you need a cordless drill with a 7/16 drill and sixteen 3/8 bolts that are four inches long with nuts. Now mark eight points on the top circumference each being forty five degrees apart. Now draw vertical lines along the length of the 55 gallon drum body. Now along these vertical lines, mark one inch from the open end and again fourteen inches from the first mark. You should now have a total of sixteen points marked on the outer body of the drum.

Next drill 7/16 diameter holes on the marked points. Now insert the bolts from one side, preferably the outer side of the drum and screw in the nuts from the other side, preferably the inner side. Now you have sixteen stations on to which one shoe or sandal can be hung, giving a total of eight pairs of shoes or sandals that can be organized, taking two pieces to form a pair. Now you may want to cover the open top with an opaque piece of decorative plastic sheeting or simply turn the 55 gallon drum upside down. If you choose the former method, you can simply place the 55 gallon drum on a lazy susan turntable that you can get from a local store and now the shoe rack is turn capable allowing for easy access to your shoes.

There you have it. You have now fabricated an easily accessible shoe rack that you can place in your garage and organize your shoes effectively for cheap.

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