|Project by mafe||posted 08-09-2010 09:21 PM||10280 views||38 times favorited||35 comments|
Carpenters grease box
As a lover of old tools I present; LJ’s grease pot…
A long time ago I read that the old days carpenters used to have a grease pot on the bench, or a pocket version to bring out.
When you see the old wooden planes that are allmost black, it this layer of grease (75% fat / 25 % bees wax).
The grease was used to make a better glide when planing, and also to care for the steel and wood, to prevent dry out, and rust. It is also good for screwing a tough screw in, just dip it in a little grease.
I desided to make my own version, and as I made the first glue up, I was inspired for one more.
The first one are designed for the workshop, it’s allmost a bandsawbox, except I drilled out the center piece.
After I glued the buttom on, and finished the sides with a steel brush to enhance the texture, and the end grain polished up to mirror finish. The lid are attached by a brassscrew, and the lid simply turns, no locking.
The second box, are thought to be my bring allong box, so the egg shape was a shape I thought would be wonderfull to have in the pocket. I keept it a little rough in the finish, and then the whole box was polished up to a mirror finish, just for the sweetness. The lit are attached by a brass nail, that are epoxy’ed into the base, and locks by a little nail piece, that slice up and down.
I filled mine up with beeswax, since I have no experience with the fat, and also I’m on a diet!
Here are a recipe for Grease box, Grease our friend Alba blogged for all of us – thank you.
I’ll post a blog with a tutorial when I have the time.
Perhaps this could be a challange for all you old tool lovers here, to make a interesting grease pot… So we can see the imagination here.
You have to see what our friend DIV's grease box version.
I made a blog about the grease box story.
_Hope it can be to some inspiration,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.