Shoe Shine Box

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Project by Woodshopfreak posted 02-10-2009 06:40 AM 37902 views 8 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Shoe Shine Box a little while ago. I am very proud of it compared to some of what I like to call the “junk pieces”. This Box is made of Oak, I originally got the idea from my Uncle. He saw one made of pine and wanted it in oak. I started to make it and then my dad liked it so much he wanted it. So he got it in the end. It is finished with polyurethane FOREVER. Simple aresol spray can worked well for this. Two Coats and it covered really nicely. I also used a Golden Oak finish I got for about 1$ at Ace Hardware :). This box was very hard to make with the box joints on the edge. It took to make the box joints. Trust me my Sears bench top saw was not designed to do this kind of work. I had to make a jig and take my time. Even then I had to clean up some of them with a chisel and a file. Turned out really nice too. the platform on the top is to rest your shoe on while you shine it, but we are just using it as a decorative piece. My dad actually has all of his shoe polish stuff in it though. It has a cool latch, you swing it down and then a piece swivels to lock the latch down.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 06:50 AM

Very Cool.

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 06:52 AM


-- Tyler, Illinois

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 08:18 AM

Good idea. Looks very well made.

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 08:36 AM

Great project.
Do people really shine shoes any more? It seems like everyone wears sports shoes now days. My parents gave me a similar box when I was about 10. I still have it and occasionally even use it, 57 years later. It is not as nice or well built as yours. So yours may be around for a long time.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 10:48 AM

Very well done and absolutely perfect finger joints!!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#6 posted 02-10-2009 02:36 PM

“Go get yer shine box!” Very well done! My dad had one of these and I remember playing with it when I was a kid. Perfect execution.


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#7 posted 02-10-2009 07:32 PM

I like it. Is the inside just empty space or are there trays, dividers, etc? I think I might to try a project like this for my grandfathers.

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#8 posted 02-10-2009 10:53 PM

Yeah I don’t really know anyone that shines their shoes anymore. My dad polishes his every once in a while. thats not what the box is really for though. Mostly just decorative. It doesn’t have any dividers inside. My dad needed a lot of space for all the junk he has :)

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#9 posted 02-10-2009 11:08 PM

When I was aboy things were tough everyone shone their shoes even though in those dark old days after the war we had including myself shoes with holes in them everyone was the same and we even bought second hand shoes some of them had holes too but they were better than the ones we had on but we used to shine them up for school holes or notLOL that’s just how poor we were.Now I look at my basement rows and rows of shoes some not even worn luxury the youngsters now have it better I am glad to say.Alistair ps and when you tell the youngters that we had it tough they just dont believe you luxury

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 02-14-2009 06:50 AM

Great project with superb craftsmanship.

Your eye for detail carries through everything that you do, that is from photography and website design to woodworking.

Remember that it is all related, it is all art, and the principles carry from one medium to the other.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 02-24-2009 01:24 AM

how did i miss this. I like the project. I do shine my own shoes from time to time and when I’m doing it, my wife asks me to do hers. I’m happy to do it because its way better to keep a good but scuffed pair alive than to trash them. Plus it saves me soem money. If I had this box I could really provide some service. nice work. my favorite of your projects (although I really liked the blog of the sign you made).

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#12 posted 02-24-2009 01:29 AM

Thanks. I definitely took the longest on this project. I still have to finish the jewelry box I’m working on, and if the top comes out well, it will probably be the best I have done. Just wait!

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#13 posted 02-25-2009 05:30 AM

i’ll keep my eyes open.

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#14 posted 04-05-2009 11:19 PM

Nice job I love the joint work and did you make those by hand? :)

-- How much wood could a wood chick chuck if a wood chick could chuck wood?

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#15 posted 04-09-2009 04:17 AM

No I actually made a jig for my tablesaw to make those, even with the jig it was still very hard to get them to line up perfectly. My saw was not made for that haha.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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