Blender: Shoemaker idea


Let’s say that lately I’m stuck with the DIY deco and organization projects for the house, but as a good geek, I like to play with blender first to see if the idea can be functional or not (also the visually appealing). So this time (and from time to time) I’ll share in blender models of some DIY ideas for home… or just general ideas, anything that I can think of.

Last night, seeking of ideas for storing our shoes, we came up with this shoemaker. It’s pretty simple and I think it will be a success at home. It is made mostly of wood with some aluminum tubing and some nails.

I attached the approximated measures, a cutting plane for the wood, in which case that might be the hardest part. Taking a MDF table 90x210cm (the smallest that our local store had) make 4 cuts of 30cm wide by 90cm long. One of the strips has to be cut in 3 equally squares of 30cm, which at the end, will have to cut diagonally to become the supporting triangles.

 In addition to this, you only need about 18 nails to attach the triangles to the bases, about 6 ramplug with screws to adjust the base to the wall, 6 aluminum rods that exceed at least 3cm per side from the 90 cm, and to prevent the rods to stick out, simply adjust a screw or nail through the lower side (the rod should be passing vertically).

Any other ideas, suggestions … are welcome! I hope you like the idea and if you are curious with the blender, here I leave the source file, you can download by clicking here:

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  • 30 October, 2012 at 5:28


    Simply Innovative! Looking forward to the blueprints. I like your love for the traditional ways. Most craftman jobs, here, are done with old-school methods too. I am not a fan of imported furniture produced in automated factories. I’ve learnt from watching expensive chairs disintegrate in few months.

  • 29 October, 2012 at 10:32


    Thank you, I took a look at your Desk/Table, it is a wonderful design, and the execution looks good to me judging by the pic’s. I have always worked with wood as a hobby/interest through my entire life. Even though I have more sophisticated tooling available, I often use the hand tools (planes, chisels, scrapers, etc…) since the finish is so much better than machine tools can achieve. Not to mention that the work itself is how you impart something of your soul to the object you make. This is much like cooking to me as well, good food comes from the act of cooking more than the ingredients themselves, as well the desire to cook a fine meal is driven by the loved ones you share it with.
    I have always thought it would be nice to do away with the tin boxes our desktops come in and embed them into the desk we use them at. I am currently contemplating such a design, a desk for the people who want their PC to be invisible. What do you think?

  • 29 October, 2012 at 8:58

    Right now, I need to come up with a conservative design of a table with adjustable height.

    • 29 October, 2012 at 9:13

      Thikning on a crazy idea with some tripod heads right now… will let you know what comes to my head :D

  • 29 October, 2012 at 8:38

    Wow Steve, I think i should get to know you. I’m an architect although I haven’t done DIY on any renovation project. Usually we supervise contractors. Here I’m more of a visualization and research architect … that means lots of computer work. But I do DIYs when I’m designing for my office consumption. (Actually not 100%-DIY because I use some skilled labour like welders and carpenters sometimes, but the designs are mostly 100%-DIY). I could benefit from your experience too.

    Here’s my custom design-and-built office table(s):
    tables in action:

    Our craftsmanship here is generally below the levels obtainable in Advanced countries but the finished products are not too far off. Tatica, DIY is fun eventually. I look forward to designing and building my own sustainable building one day … mostly DIY

    • 29 October, 2012 at 9:12

      Gosh!!!!! You’re awesome and even if I know you for white some years Onyeibo I never stop being surprised! I might steal some ideas from that table because, I have to build an office fr my husband and I, and we only have a 2x3mts for that purpose (and this is actually also my dresser :$)

  • 28 October, 2012 at 21:25

    Thank you Tatica for your kindness (especially the warm hug), it is 3 degrees Celcius here right now.
    I am happy to be of help if and where I can. If you need to know specific details of (almost) anything to do with renovations I can help. I have renovated one old house from top to bottom, inside and out, as well as helping many friends and family with theirs.
    Good luck with yours. Oh, and I’m certain your use of blender far outstrips my barely rudimentary knowledge of anything animation related, except maybe the viewing as I’m pretty good at that.

    • 28 October, 2012 at 22:00

      Gosh… 3C? that’s colder than my freezer :) (18 is cold in here) Our house is quite small, just a 60mts square appartment, However, I won’t argue and will take all the advices from the expert and any other crazy idea I have I will share it and be ready to receive all the help I can get. Right now I’m painting the doors… first hand was (honestly…) awful, but I’m doing it better now :D. I guess everything requires a lot of practice and a lot of reading :)

  • 28 October, 2012 at 10:04

    Hola! Muy bueno el post, lo voy a guardar. Para cosas así de bricolaje y arquitectura hay un programita muy bueno que se llama “Sweet Home 3D”. Yo lo tengo y anda lindo. Y yo también soy totalmente “noob” en esas cosas ;-)


    • 28 October, 2012 at 10:13

      Hey Sylvia! gracias por pasar! Sweet home 3D es fantástico, sobre todo por lo simple que es armar un plano y lo bueno de que luego lo puedes exportar a blender para darle mejores acabados, sin embargo, algo que no tiene bueno SH3d es que no puedes hacer tus propios modelos de muebles, sin embargo, dependiendo del formato, puedes importar algunos ya pre-diseñados.

      Acá te dejo un artículo que hice sobre el tema por allá en el 2009 :D

  • 27 October, 2012 at 22:24

    I don’t mean to question anyone’s woodworking skills, however using nails or screws for fastening MDF together is not going to remain secure. Most cabinetry that uses MDF will have it fastened together with Biscuits or dowels, as well as cam lock fasteners. Biscuit joints are the preferred method since they provide superior strength. Since a biscuit jointer is rather expensive for most who aren’t hardcore hobbiest’s or cabinet makers ($125.00 and up), you can also use dowels very easily by employing any one of a number of inexpensive drilling jig’s. Cam locks are the fastening systems used by most assemble yourself furniture and cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms. MDF can be water proofed very easily by priming it first with a sealer/primer then painting it the desired finish colour. Wooden dowels will likely be less expensive than aluminium, however may not be the look desired. When working with MDF it is important to ensure that your cuts are square on the edges that are being fastened together in order to guarantee maximum surface contact. Another benefit of MDF is that it is relatively thermally stable, so expansion/contraction with the seasons are not as much of a problem as natural wood. (Assuming you live in a temperate zone I guess) Sorry, I got a bit wordy there.

    • 28 October, 2012 at 9:16

      Hey Steve, Thank you! I’m more a blender addict, however, I think having a new home makes you a decoration+DIY addict too. Completely agree with the nails (however, I must be honest that I use “nails” word to define most of the screws I know in english… my non-technical english SUX). I will definitelly take your advice, however, the wood expansion/contraction isn’t a big issue in my country, our temperature never changes more than 5-10C :D (tropical jungle… jungle, like in George :D ). Once again, a huge hug and a thanks for stop by, read the crazy idea, and guide me through the right woody way :D

  • 27 October, 2012 at 13:40

    Okay. So now Tatica also do interiors. Nice. perhaps I should blog about my exploits in the DIY area too, as i do furniture designs from time to time too.

  • 27 October, 2012 at 12:14

    Instead of using nails I would use small screws. Predrill the holes – the board towards the head of the screw should have a rather big hole (about the same diameter as the screw), the board that the screw will go into should be drilled with a smaller bit. That way it will be much more sturdy than with nails. :)

    And instead of using MDF you might think about getting some plywood since it will last longer when getting wet.

    • 27 October, 2012 at 18:18

      good idea, I’m a complete n00b with this so every single piece of advice will be highly apreciated :D


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