The grease box story.
Chapter one: Roy Underhill’s grease box
Before I begin, I’ll quote myself: ‘If Roy Underhill is a snow storm, then I’m a snow flake’.
Since I posted my first grease box here, there have been some discussions going on about the hen and the egg…
- Most people never heard about a grease box until Roy Underhill made the dovetailed grease box.
- Since I’m Danish and don’t have satellite TV, I never heard about Roy Underhill.
Since then my eyes was opened up, and I realized what a wonderful person Roy Underhill is in every sense.
My version of the Roy Underhil grease box.
Since I had quite a few mails asking how it worked with the second lid, I made this little drawing to explain.
I have been buying quite a few hand planes from E-bay UK, and here I always wondered why the old English wooden hand planes were almost black, from a thick layer of patina, ‘did they never was their hands in old England’? But one day I got the answer when there was a beautiful little grease box for sale there, and I looked up what a grease box was.
-and this was how my grease box journey began.
The old English box from E-bay.
My version of the old English grease pot.
I made a model based on the old English version, and commented that I liked the Dovetail version, but that I thought it was not meant as a tool, more as a gadget, since I found it too difficult to open, as a tool.
On my LJ posts and mails there began some discussions about the fact that Roy Underhill was the ‘inventor’ of this grease box, and some even asked me if I was trying to challenge him (this made me laugh – no I’m not is the answer – the only person I challenge in wood working are me, and my journey just began)…
The answers to this discussion are simple after Roy Underhill wrote me a kind mail the other day, with the following;
‘As I said on the show, I saw the antique secret box years ago at a tool exhibit. It did not originate with me at all’.
I send Roy Underhill a mail, where I told him the story about the Abdel box, I posted on LJ, and told him that he could use this story as a reference in the future if he wanted – and he was so kind to answer me back, and thank me for the information, a little story that he has been to Denmark, and also the quote above (so I guess he had seen the LJ post with the questions about this.
So that’s the end of that discussion.
Thank You; Roy Underhill.
Roy Underhill version can be found here on his web site, with plans along with other cool stuff.
My version of the ‘Roy Underhill’ box:
The Abdel secret box:
My try to make a user friendly and easy to make grease box, and my egg grease box:
I will continue the story of the grease box in a blog series under this name, in this I will try to explore the details, and to collect the inputs I already got on my posts, so it will become the ‘Grease box story’ .
I will try to uncover:
The secret Abdel box, the names for the box, why use grease, what kind of grease, recopies of grease, the pocket box and the bench box, what countries are the grease box known in (from input), if possible how far back in history, what designs has been used, the Abdel / Roy Underhill secret box with drawings, the LJ grease box clubs models and list of members (please send me a mail if you are not mentioned when it comes)and more subject vill come as we go.
I will love to hear all kinds of input as I go, so feel free to post comments and info.
The blog will be a mix of facts and inputs, so I can of course not guarantee for the truth of all, but I’ll try and document the sources as well as possible. There will be no finish date to this blog, but it will be posted as it goes.—-
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.