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How to Make a Nifty Shoe Shine Box
Posted By Brett On June 18, 2012 @ 10:23 am In Manly Skills,Projects | 41 Comments
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Here at the Art of Manliness, we’ve talked a few times about the manly ritual of a good shoe shine  over the years. For awhile now, I’ve kept my own shoe shine supplies in a box I got for Christmas a few years back. It’s a pretty nice box, but I’ve always had an itch to make one with my own two hands. Then a few months ago I was looking through some old Popular Mechanics magazines, and a nifty shoe shine box design in an issue from 1950 caught my eye.
It’s a simple design. You’ve got a place to hold your brushes and polish cans and a place to rest your foot when shining your shoes. What makes this design so nifty is the two free-turning dowels placed inside the box. After you’ve given your shoes a good polishing , the dowels serve as rollers for your polish cloth for buffing your shoes to a mirror shine. Here it is in action:
This is an incredibly easy and inexpensive project. It only takes an hour to complete, but you’ll end up with a unique and sturdy little box that will last you a lifetime.
Here’s the modified Popular Mechanics design that I used to make my shoe shine box:
Here are the measurements you’ll need:
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