safety shoes for woodworkers

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safety shoes for woodworkers

Postby Bob Hammond » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:46 pm

Hey, my 93y/o neighbor (born in Germany) gave me a pair of shoes. They're actually pretty comfortable but best worn outdoors in the soft earth.

Pretty natty, eh?
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Re: safety shoes for woodworkers

Postby Randy Roberts » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:54 pm

I don't see how you are going to keep them at 40% relative humidity. And how do you sand out the scratches...a walk on the beach?
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Re: safety shoes for woodworkers

Postby David King » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:51 am

How in heck do they carve out the insides of those? Did they light a fire and do a controlled burn until they fit right?
Maybe sandpaper socks?
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Re: safety shoes for woodworkers

Postby Bob Hammond » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:43 am

The shoes are quite old but show no signs of cracking. They're made from watersoaked poplar, and were hand carved inside with a spoon auger and hook knife. The outside was shaped with a block knife which operates like a papercutter. Here's a video:

They're pretty comfortable but they're meant for use on softer surfaces than cement. My college roommate wore a pair of these eveywhere in the 70s. He told me that an old guy measured his foot with a stick and then just whittled away with the block knife and spoon as he watched. His shoes had a leather strip glued on the insided at the instep, which is something that I might do for these.
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