Shoe Shine Box #5: Box Glue-Up, Cutting the Lid, and Making a Repair

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Blog entry by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 12-08-2013 03:02 AM 1584 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The box is all put together. I love clamps!

After I took it out of the clamps, I gave it a light sanding with 80 grit. Then I ran it through the table saw with a depth set to about 1/16” from the thickness of the walls. A handsaw was able to complete the cut.

When cutting the rabbets to inset the lid and base, I decided not to pay close enough attention and routed on the wrong side. I didn’t want to remake the part so I refit the pins and tails. The problem was that it created a 1/4” gap in one of them. I was able to rip a small piece of stock to the appropriate width and glue it into place. After it dried, the flush saw and sanding made it barely noticeable.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#1 posted 12-08-2013 05:43 PM

this is coming along very nicely. My very first woodworking project was a shoe box I built as a cub scout project about 65 years ago. Neeless to say, it wasn’t anywhere near as nice as yours.

When it was finished I filled it with a couple of cans of almost empty shoe polish, some rags for polishing and an old brush. Then I went and positioned myself outside our local supermarket. At the end of the day I had enough money to buy a set of shoe brushes, new cans of wax and some nice rags to polish with. I spent a lot of time that summer shining shoes for 10cents a pair, although I usually got an extra 15 cents as a tip. The housewives would bring me their husbands shoes so I could shine them while they shopped. I used some of the money to go swimming at our local pool almost every day after ‘work’.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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