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Shaping shoe trees yourself

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I just received two pairs of Grape vine hill trees in the mail. They don't fit in one pair of shoes I have because the toe is very narrow, so I was thinking about sanding them down myself-starting out with 60 grit paper and eventually using 100 to smooth it out. Has anyone tried this? I have another tree that fits them, but this seems like an easy way to customize your own trees. The cedar should be very easily shaped.
 

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Originally Posted by suited
I just received two pairs of Grape vine hill trees in the mail. They don't fit in one pair of shoes I have because the toe is very narrow, so I was thinking about sanding them down myself-starting out with 60 grit paper and eventually using 100 to smooth it out. Has anyone tried this? I have another tree that fits them, but this seems like an easy way to customize your own trees. The cedar should be very easily shaped.

To my knowledge, that's exactly how to do it.
 

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I was planning to borrow my friend's power sander to shrink down some of my woodlore trees, I don't see any problem with it.
 

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Originally Posted by suited
....so I was thinking about sanding them down myself-starting out with 60 grit paper and eventually using 100 to smooth it out.

Use the grit paper only for the final touch, otherwise you work yourself to exhaustion.

Get yourself a "˜Surform Rasp', that's the tool all the last makers use these days.



Traditionally last makers have used a conventional wood rasp, those would clog and were very difficult to keep sharp.
With 'Surform Rasps' you can take a great deal of wood away in a short time, they don't clog and once the cutting blade gets blunt,
you keep the handle and replace the blade.

These tools appeared on the market maybe thirty years ago, and according to Terry Moore, last maker extraordinaire,
"They have revolutionized last making!"
 

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Microplane makes a set of snap-in rasps that work very well. They zest a lemon very nicely as well.

 

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How about using a draw knife?

Draw knife made by Cape Forge, totally hand made in USA.


My "real" pen knife ( the knife used to cut the nib of quill pen) was custom made by them.
 

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