During my vacation, I visited my dad with the goal of making a shoe shining box. He has one we made together when I was younger, so that is where the idea came from. I wanted to actually work with him as opposed to when I was younger and I tended to just help out. I figured that a more active role would allow me to learn much more.
When I came into town, I reviewed my design with him. We made some changes from his version so that it was lighter weight and to incorporate a handle into the top of the box. Since I love math, my personal flare was to make each dimension a golden ratio to the other. I made it out of Maple with Black Walnut dowels. Here I am tapping a dowel in.
This was my favorite airline carry-on I’ve ever had.
And the reason I wanted a shoe shining box is, of course, to shine shoes on! After I went to a shoe store to find that they don’t have shoe polish (just buy new ones!), I found Kiwi shoe polish from Target. I brushed up on how to shine shoes from a blog I recently started reading: The Art of Manliness on How to Shine Shoes.
My goal is to have these shoes last longer than my previous pair which only lasted a mere 13 years!