Shoe Shine

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Project by jumbojack posted 03-15-2015 02:13 AM 1854 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was cruzing the local markets discount basket and found a shoe shine kit marked down to $1.00. The zipper was broken on the plastic bag like thing that made up the kit. I knew I had a piece of curly maple about the right size for a box to house my new kit. The curl is really amazing in this piece. I resawed it and indeed had enough. The dividers were left overs from a pencil box ill post later. I went to my spalted Birch stash, this was a neighborhood tree that was neglected and all kinds of burrowing things took it over. I acquired it milled it all up and stashed it. I broke out and resawed a really nice piece and bookmatched it for the top. I got out my finger joint jig (thanks Ed Stiles) for the joinery. I should blog my jig as it is nearly foolproof, even for this old fool. The kit came with some little red plastic daubbers, but that wouldn’t do, so I cut some 1 1/2” discs and glued on a little handle, then rubber cemented the pried of sponges to the new handles. It got several coats of lacquer, my go to finish, rubbed out and waxed. I don’t really know what I’m going to do with it as I don’t wear shoes that need polish since I retired. Maybe a Christmas gift. Who knows.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 04:23 AM


You certainly made that dollar go a long way! Nice shoe shine kit!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 05:19 AM

Jumbo, I like the kit. The top is really beautiful. Great job on that. It is really special. Looks like you have finger joints down pat. That was a big improvement to the “dobbers.” I would have probably rounded off the top and bottom edges a little more, but I tend to make everything look like a used bar of soap.

Looks like it could use a lift for the top. May I suggest this look? or perhaps this look. Just as something to think about. As always this is great work. You really did a nice job on this shoe shine kit. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-15-2015 06:39 AM

I like this rounded finger joints,nice box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 03-15-2015 12:15 PM

This is excellent! I love that lid. I have been polishing shoes/boots since 1975, military and being an officer in corrections. Why have I never thought of making one of these and retire the round can! Thanks for the inspiration!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 03-15-2015 11:44 PM

May be the fanciest shoe shine box in captivity! Don’t think beech grows here :(

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 12:10 AM

Fantastic wood selection! It is too nice to be a shoe shine box, IMO.

-- Art

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 12:29 AM

Very cool Jack. My eyes and brain see a party of flamingos going on…. LOL

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 12:48 AM

gfadvm, this was from Birch. I think they grow everywhere. Indians made canoes and covered them with the bark. Out here people plant them in groups of three. The effect is pleasing but it does not promote healthy trees being planted so close together.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 12:53 AM

We do have some of those shaggy barked river birchs here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-16-2015 12:59 AM

The wood is kinda soft, like pine. All three of the trees I got had been dead for a year. They had all spalted to a degree, a few places went to crumble. I just tossed them. We don’t burn wood here. EPA frowns on it most days.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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