Dovetail Grease Boxes

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Project by mtnwild posted 09-06-2010 05:56 AM 5578 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to thank WoodsmanWoodworker for his grease pot blog, which inspired these into existence.

Thought they’d be fun to try and they were.
I got the angle on top, wrong on the first two. A little too steep for a secure fit. Live and learn. Think I’ve got it now. Fun gifts, quick to make.
I bored the channel out with a forsner bit and did most cuts on the band saw. So not old school, but….......
I also coated the inside with CA glue, to seal. Got a feeling they won’t all be used to hold carpenters grease.
I think they’d be cool pen holders for you pen makers. A gift box for a knife.

Who knows what else….......

That’s it, hope you make your’s soon…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 07:17 AM

Hummm I hate to ask and feel silly asking but what do you use the grease for and what type of grease do you use ? anyways nice job !

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 08:15 AM

Very nice grease pots, you did a wonderful job there, someone are going to be very happy.
Here are the link to Roy Underhill.
He explains really nice the process.

I made some different versions 1 & 2 and use mine all the time, sure you will do the same.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 10:10 AM

Great idea

-- Andrzej, Poland ,

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 10:50 AM

The grease traditionally used by English craftsmen was mutton tallow and was used to lube such things as saws and planes. North american tradesmen often used beeswax.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 02:51 PM

Very cool idea. I like this design.

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 08:10 PM

They look great. I like the idea of using them as gift boxes for pens or knives.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 08:45 PM


I think gift boxes too. Fairly easy to make and I make everything seem hard to do.

The locking mech., is interesting too. Could be used for box tops or other hidden openings.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 01:40 AM

Nice boxes. They look like they would fit in a carpenter’s bib pocket, but then the “grease” would melt! How about stick matches or small screws & nuts & bolts? Handmade toothpicks?

Now I know what “Grease Boxes” are! I’m familiar with tallow, but in the cooking industry they use it for large ornamental sculptures, or at least in the past. You would make a sound structured base from wood, wire and styrofoam and cover it with an inch or so of tallow, just as if using clay, but the tallow is opaque white and mimics white marble but in a gastronomique atmosphere. I don’t know if they still do that type of display in the USA.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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