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A couple of years back, ...well 20 years ago, I bought a 3/4 HP, 2850 RPM Chinese made grinder. I replace the grinding stones with shoe circular brushes. Kept it fixed in the floor near the reception closet, where was at hand and very friendly to shine shoes on the spot.

After many years, two weeks ago I decided that was time to box it in some way. This is the result

Base and lower sides are 3/4 ply, while lid and upper sides are cedar. Finished with buffed sanding sealer.

Plywood base is the recycling of the back of a music baffle, that explains the squared hole in the bottom.

I dadoed all pieces, but didn´t use any glue. Just screws, since I imagine that some day I may need to take the motor out. For the time being it holds well.

I made two small panels for the upper sides ( to practice a little)

Drawers sides are made with scrap 3/8 ply, and 1/4 ply bottom. Applied front is 5/8 cedar. A pity I didn´t try harder on the drawers. Maybe next time.

I still need to figure out how to camouflage the on-off switch. I will probably glue ans screw a piece of cedar.

Thanks for passing by.

Have you all the best for the coming year.

-- Back home. Fernando





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Chelios

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#1 posted 1208 days ago

Fernando

You did a great job on this. It is a great idea.

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fernandoindia

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#2 posted 1207 days ago

Grazie Marcelino.

-- Back home. Fernando

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 1207 days ago

That’s a great idea and a nice shoe shine box.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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lew

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#4 posted 1207 days ago

Wish I had one of these during my Navy days- sure would have saved a lot of spit and elbow grease!

Neat idea, Fernando.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woody57

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#5 posted 1207 days ago

good looking shoe shine box and very unique
thanks for posting
where did you get the brushes for the grinder?

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Tim29

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#6 posted 1207 days ago

Nice work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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mafe

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#7 posted 1207 days ago

Really cool, and a exelent idea, much more stylish than the usual version.
I have a shoe shine box on my to do list, but it will be the old fashion version.
Best thoughts and happy newyear,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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fernandoindia

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#8 posted 1207 days ago

Thank you for the forgiving comments.

Emmet, I bought replacement brushes for the shining machines in Buenos Aires long time ago.

I believe you could find them in Ebay. Are this kind

http://www.shoeandfootcare.com/p/104-251/product_beem_shoe_polisher_replacement_brushes.html

-- Back home. Fernando

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Paul_F

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#9 posted 1206 days ago

Great iidea and very clever. I’m not ready to give up my 20 year old knock off grinder just yet but when I do I know where its going.

-- Dust to more Dust - http://www.woodworkingplanes.org

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