Grease Box

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Project by RPhillips posted 06-14-2015 02:13 AM 2669 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After wrapping up the end of a tool swap, the idea of a grease box swap was mentioned. Seeing as I had never heard of such a thing, I searched it and rean across Mafe’s grease box project. I really liked the idea of trying to make a one for myself one day. So the other day the idea popped back into my head and I decided to go ahead and give it a go.

So I gathered a few scraps and…


Here it is. Enjoy.

Wenge for the top section (I think, but not too sure)
Padauk for the middle section
Maple for the bottom section
Cross section cut off of a brass rod for the bowtie

Finished with BLO and wax.

I know it’s not perfect, the dovetail is a little sloppy… the middle piece has some gouging… the bottom section split on me and I had to glue it, but in all, I really enjoyed making it. I learned a bit and also found out why you need fish tailed chisels. :)

Now I need to fill it!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 02:33 AM

Rob, That has to be THE best selection of wood for a GB. It really does not look as bad as you said. In fact it looks pretty nice. The only thing that would make it better is if you don’t spill the beans on any boogers it might have. Awwe, I guess I build & tell too. :D

Very nicely done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 05:18 AM

Looks well made, the brass dovetail is a nice touch.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 07:23 AM

Looks nice and handy too! I really like your choice of woods, and the brass bow tie is a very nice detail. So what if it’s not perfect… you had fun making it and learned something along the way. Nice job!

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 12:18 PM

What a wonderful greasebox.
I love the mix of woods, this shows your joy.
Welcome to the greasebox owners club. ;-)
Are there a swap now?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 01:05 PM

Great grease box, I like the colors.

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 02:54 PM

Very nice look to this box Rob.
The wood combination you picked is very pleasing and it will be something that you will enjoy every time you use it .
I like that drawing and it should find it’s way on your shop wall .


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 05:26 PM

Rob, that’s a beauty of a grease box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-14-2015 09:08 PM

Very Nice, Wonderful colors!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 11:42 PM

Thanks guys.

thanks for taking the time to have a look and comment.

yeah I really like the color combo. now to find me a brass screw to match the bowtie…

I think that maybe if I tell of my misfortunes that maybe I’ll remember more easily next time or that I may get constructive feed back to help me prevent it from happening again. who knows, all that matters it that I enjoyed making it and learning from it. Did as much as I could with hand tools, felt nice using my 12” Carcase saw to re-saw some of the pieces. Alot to be said for well tuned hand saw.

The day I no longer learn will be the day I died

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#10 posted 06-14-2015 11:54 PM

Pretty nice grease box there Rob … I’ve seen a lot of guys make them and even Roy Underhill did one on TV, but for the life of me I really don’t see the use for this tool.
I have a grease gun, a can of grease, and tubes of grease, Where do you use a grease box?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 12:34 AM

essentially it’s to hold wax or tallow… use to lube things like hand plane soles, wooden screws found on a bench, or maybe you store your favorite finishing wax in it and use it for touch ups… what you put in it and how you use it is up to you.

I plan to use mine to lube the sole of my planes… well that is, when I make one for myself. This one will actually be going to my dad for fathers day. I like to give him the first one of every tool and such, that I make.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#12 posted 06-15-2015 02:41 AM

Nice grease box. Welcome to the GBOC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-15-2015 02:55 AM

Looks great. The wood combination came together nicely.

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#14 posted 06-15-2015 03:10 AM

That’s a dandy!

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 06-15-2015 06:46 PM

neat, love the color contrast

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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