Shoeshine Box

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Project by AcidentalCarpenter posted 12-28-2017 01:07 AM 941 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pine (1×12 utility shelving) with poplar dowels, finished with miniwax wood conditioner, miniwax English chestnut stain, and miniwax spray on polycrylic.

Made this as a gift loosely (very loosely) based on some plans I saw online. The free-spinning dowels apparently make it easier to buff your shoes. I liked the concept but wanted to make something a tad fancier and more practical. The angled and grooved top, the cut-in handle, and the dividers were of my own invention, and I rabbeted in the bottom to make it look nicer.

This was my first attempt at stain and wow what a bad project to make a first attempt on. It came out much better than I expected, but I’m still not 100% happy with it. In the future staining before assembly would definitely be the way to go on something like this, but we arent allowed to use stain in the shop at school. Oh well. This was also my first time using Google sketchup to make a model to work off of. It was rough but told me what I needed in regard to the angle on the end pieces.

All in all, my sister (yes, my sister) loved it. She goes to a military boarding school and hopes to be a naval officer some day, so she spends a lot of time shining her shoes. The little stand in her room is broken so this will make her life easier. Hopefully it’s a little piece of me that she’ll take with her to the naval academy and beyond some day.

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#1 posted 12-28-2017 05:12 PM

It’s been a while since I’ve seen one of these. This would be handy at times. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 08:00 AM

Wow! That’s so old object by purpose. Shoe cleaner is occupation which died in modern part of the world. Great project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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