Shoe Shine Box Problem

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Forum topic by Deela40 posted 02-20-2010 08:02 PM 2356 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2010 08:02 PM

I am making a shoe shine box and have come upon a problem.

I used and older dovetail jig and the sides didn’t fit together in the best manner. On the top and bottom the sides fit together unevenly. Here is an example of one of the corners at the top where the top of one side is higher than the other.

Sides Fit Together Unevenly

The bottoms looked like this too, but I tried to sand them with a belt sander to make them even. Once I got the even, I was going to run the top through my table saw. My problem is, I can’t get the bottom to be level.

Bottom of Box

When I set it down, it is wobbly, which means that I didn’t sand it very evenly. Because of this, I can’t use the table saw on the top because it will come out uneven.

What is the best way to make sure all the bottom legs are equal? I have a limited set of tools so please consider that when giving me recommendations (table saw, orbital and belt sander, miter saw).

Also, does anyone have any recommendations on what I should use to fill in the gaps shown in the picture below?

Please ask questions if I was not clear on anything as I am really interested in getting good feedback. Thanks.


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#1 posted 02-20-2010 08:04 PM

Practise make perfect.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 08:29 PM

tape a sheet of 100-150 grit sand paper to the table saw or flat surface and rub it back and fourth till flat you can plane the top and get it close then do the same thing. I do this for my boxes and it works perfect.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 11:38 PM

Thanks bigike. I tried you suggestion and it worked perfectly just as you said.


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