Category Archives: Do-It-Yourself

DIY Running Shoe Rack

Being a triathlete (or runner) means having a lot of running shoes. And that count goes up to gazillion pairs when living with a runner, which poses quite big storage problem.  Shoe racks available at stores usually have some kind of unfitting property (i.e. size, design, price, color…) that makes them unsuitable, so sometimes the best thing is to just make it yourself. Which is exactly what I set out to do!

After carefully choosing my father who taught me how to work with wood and after googling for some ideas, I decided for a design of my own. I could call it unique, but I am sure somebody already done it before. The base of the shoe rack would be wide back board, on which the two narrower plates would be attached, which would hold the aluminum sticks for shoe placement.

Whole building process with basic measurements is presented in the following pictures. And as far as the final result goes, we are both happy with it! Our only regret is the placement of the doors, which didn’t enable a wider shoe rack for even more running shoes!

Building material for the rack – large back board, two narrower side boards, 7 minor boards and 7 aluminum sticks.

Building material for the rack – large back board, two narrower side boards, 7 minor boards and 7 aluminum sticks.

Firstly all holes must be drilled and screws prepared.

Firstly all holes must be drilled and screws prepared.

The first side board is then screwed on.

The first side board is then screwed on.

Some help is needed for the attachment of the second plate (i.e. everybody must earn the place for their shoes on the rack!)

Some help is needed for the attachment of the second plate (i.e. everybody must earn the place for their shoes on the rack!)

Before attaching the second side board, the sticks are placed into corresponding holes.

Before attaching the second side board, the sticks are placed into corresponding holes.

Earning my storage space.

Earning my storage space.

The final step is to mount it to the wall with three wall screws. They can be medium sized, as they only prevent the rack against tipping over. The weight of the rack lies on the edges of ceramic tiles.

The final step is to mount it to the wall with three wall screws. They can be medium sized, as they only prevent the rack against tipping over. The weight of the rack lies on the edges of ceramic tiles.

Final measurements of the running shoe rack.

Final measurements of the running shoe rack.

Full running shoe rack in action.

Full running shoe rack in action.

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DIY Snow Gaiters

Final result - home made Snow gaiters

As the season is turning into winter and we’re expecting at least some snow also in Ljubljana, I decided for another Do-It-Yourself project. Recently I’ve been finding trail running more and more appealing and since the snow usually covers also all nearby off-road trails (i.e. Rožnik, Topol, Šmarna gora, Rašica..) I opted to made my own trail-running gaiters to keep the snow from entering on top of my shoes. I asked google some questions, it provided me with plenty pictures and while adding some of my own ideas, this is what came out. It basically took me about an hour of sewing per 1 piece, so in about 2 hours I had my own gaiters. Of course I won’t win any beauty contests, but as Emil Zatopek said “It is not gymnastics or ice skating you know”.

Materials needed:

  • 2 pieces of approx. 25 x 45 cm of suitable fabric, best if at least water-repellent. I managed to get this polyester fabric with perfect disguise pattern.
  • 2 pieces of approx. 20 x 4 cm elastic.
  • Sewing kit and a couple of safety pins.
  • Elastic string for attachment under foot.
  • 4 shoe eyelets and eyelet pliers.

Time needed:

  • approx. 2 hours
45 x 25 cm polyester fabric

45 x 25 cm polyester fabric

Sewing kit and 20 x 4 cm elastic

Sewing kit and 20 x 4 cm elastic

Start by sewing the elastic on top section of fabric, creating a tube that will fit elastic inside

Start by sewing the elastic on top section of fabric, creating a tube that will fit elastic inside

Attach a string to non-sewed end of elastic so that you can later pull elastic to the end of tube

Attach a string to non-sewed end of elastic so that you can later pull elastic to the end of tube

Sew the tube until the end

Sew the tube until the end

Pull the elastic to the end of tube and attach it temporarily with safety pin

Pull the elastic to the end of tube and attach it temporarily with safety pin

Sew both ends together and continue to the bottom of gaiter

Sew both ends together and continue to the bottom of gaiter

Repeat for the second gaiter

Repeat for the second gaiter

Create small holes for eyelets. Also prepare small patches of material for double fabric around eyelets

Create small holes for eyelets. Also prepare small patches of material for double fabric around eyelets

Small patches go to the inside of the gaiter eyelets

Small patches go to the inside of the gaiter eyelets

Eyelets from the outside

Eyelets from the outside

Attach elastic strings to hold gaiters over the top of shoes

Attach elastic strings to hold gaiters over the top of shoes

Final result - home made Snow gaiters

Final result – home made Snow gaiters

 

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