Grease Box/Dowel Pop Creation

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Blog entry by Philip posted 03-13-2013 07:29 PM 1939 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So today we will post the Grease-box/Dowel Pop journey.

Step 1: Cut down a tree where you work, and wait a year and a half or so…

Turn the tree into usable pieces of wood…I think I will make all my handtools out of this tree…

Very nice, now we need to watch Mr. Roy Underhill and learn how he makes it…OK let’s cut it and plane it…

Wow, someone needs to practice planing small objects flat and smooth…let’s try again.

You know what, let’s not risk it. There are other ways of making things smooth…

Ok. Now let’s skip a few steps since we didn’t take pictures of every detail…cutting off the excess from the butterfly key. The bottom is glued in but the top is left as the locking mechanism.

Now pictures of how it works…

TA-DA! Now you have grease to lubricate planes, chisels and handsaws… and if you want to join the club...

Next we have the Dowel Pop. To give credit for this we will post a Wood Whisperer Video
Searching in the saga of how to make things with very few handtools and no clamps I ran across several ideas but the one I liked the most was draw-bore. I choked on my tounge when I saw how much the Lie-Nielson version was and I decided I could make one on the cheap. So here is my attempt:

Design and make it look great:

Start drilling the holes…

Get excited and try it before it’s finished…

Oh yeah, we are making dowels with nothing but a hammer, they are not pretty but in a pinch, and if you took time to chamfer it really well and sand it it would look awesome.

Get a piece of wood to attach it to, from the tree of course.

And make it look nice…

I have to add a disclaimer here, my metal was extremely rusty, and in removing the rust I chamfered the holes a bit, which makes it not cut the dowels as cleanly. You want to have the metal as flat as you possibly can and drill the holes very cleanly. I just pound the dowels through the bottom where it is not so chamfered…

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 08:51 PM

You did a very nice job on that Phillip. I hope you don’t mind me suggesting yet another way which you might like. I think you may find it easier and faster:

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 12:46 AM

Thanks Mike, that is a great idea.
My idea is to have a tool I can use when there is no power at all, to do the most work with only a tool box of tools.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 10:37 PM

Hi Philip … You’re going to have to name your workshop Tree Top Tools! Not meaning ‘top’ of the tree … but top of the line!! Can’t wait to see more home-spun tree tools … Great job!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 08:13 PM

Thanks Elaine!

-- I never finish anyth

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