Shoe Shine Box

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Project by Steve posted 09-09-2013 03:09 PM 2372 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mother gave me my father’s old handmade shoe shine box. I remember him shining his shoes before work and church. I thought it would be fun to make one, so I copied his design and built the one with the natural clear finish. It has a compartment for storing the polish and brushes, and a foot rest for supporting a shoe. I saw a couple of other designs for these here on LumberJocks. Does anyone out there use a shoe shine box?

If you would like to build my father’s shoe shine box, click here to download a PDF of the drawings traced directly from the one he made. They are not perfect so you might need to tweak them a little.

Click here to see my video for this project.

Thanks, Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 12:52 AM

I have not seen on of these in many years. I wonder if you can still make money with one of these

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 03:26 PM

Hi Norman – I found a lot of them for sale on Some of them are newly built and some are old ones for sale. I received a comment from someone saying that shoe polish was getting hard to find these days.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 03:28 PM

This is a very nice project and looks like it would be a lot of fun to build.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 03:41 PM

Thanks Charles! Yes, it was a fun project. It was nice to just cut the boards and hammer them together with nails for a change. I’ve gotten so used to using screws that I miss that feeling of sinking a nail with a hammer.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 07:51 PM

Nice box, and yes I use one nearly everyday. Grizzman made me a nice one, that is so beautiful I almost hate to use it.

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#6 posted 09-12-2013 04:40 PM

Cool shoe box! It brings back great memories. Only few people use it but it is great to own one. Like it. Great job!

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