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Forum topic by whope posted 09-16-2011 12:11 AM 5105 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2011 12:11 AM

Hi All,
I’ve been occasionally dabbling in wood projects off and on (mostly off) for a while. I’ve decided to get serious about it and I’m in the planning stages of a couple of projects.

The one that I’m really un-sure about is a pair of dance shoes (photo attached if I can manage it). My initial thought is to bend thin stock for the soles, carve the heels and laminate for the uppers.

I’m sure I’m jumping in way over my head. I have given myself about 2 years to get them done (plus a ‘shoe box’). And I’m starting today.

Anyone want to pass out advice or ideas?


-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 12:21 AM

just look at my avatar and you know what I know … LOL
but the best wishes for your succes with the project :-)
welcome to L J enjoy and have fun


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#2 posted 09-16-2011 12:46 AM

Advice? If you are planning on anyone wearing those shoes…...get lots of liabilty insurance! I wouldn’t want to take the risk of a heel breaking and someone getting hurt…

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 04:06 AM

See the blog Mads just put up for making handles for planes, might give you some inspiration… then again, the heels would be a bit heavy.

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#4 posted 09-16-2011 05:05 AM

Google ‘Making high heeled shoes by hand’; you’d be surprised at what the internet knows LOL!

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#5 posted 09-16-2011 05:58 AM

If you’re just wanting to make wooden high heels as a sculpture project
fine…. but if you want to make wearable shoes you’re barking up the
wrong tree. I have made shoes and boots by hand and studied the craft
quite a lot. Making a successful, wearable, and fancy shoe is nothing
like woodworking.

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#6 posted 09-16-2011 12:36 PM

This is definitely a sculpture project. As you can see, my partner already has a nice comfortable pair.

I’m probably going to make 2 pair. One for me to figure out how to do it and the other as a gift.

I’m looking to mimic the colors.

The heel part of the upper is where I’m really stumped. I was hoping to laminate. The spherical curve may make me go towards carving and having the upper heel filled in. I’d rather it look wearable, which the solid piece would detract from.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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