simple grease box

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Project by moshel posted 09-07-2010 03:11 AM 2183 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

nothing much to say about this, simplified version of the Woodwright grease box. was hard enough to make without the second lid. everything looks so easy when he is making it!!!!!

it was made mostly using hand tools, other than drilling the hole and squaring the blank.

couldn’t figure out how he made his box so “oval” using hand tools.

made of rosewood with walnut oil finish.

now I only have to find tallow!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Craig Ambrose

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 04:04 AM

Looks great moshe.

and, probably with a rasp (in response to the oval question)

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 08:48 AM

Hi Moshe,
Thats a nice greasebox, and I really like your simplified design.
It’s rustic like a tool are allowed to be, and will only grow more beautiful in time.
Now you just need to fill it up with some wonderful gease (beeswax or what you prefere).
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 09:57 AM

Moshe you are clairvoyant! We were only watching this on St Roy’s channel a couple of nights ago!! Nice to see you are joining us hand tool Luddites. I’m guessing you don’t have too much earthquake cleanup to do if you have the time to make tallow pots.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 10:09 AM

the good thing about my workshop is that is always looks like there was an earthquake there….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 11:03 AM

I believe Roy starts the rounding with a paring chisel and finishes up with a rasp and scraper.

You can make a great substitute for tallow by combining beeswax and mineral oil (or so I’ve been told), just heat until the wax barely melts, then mix well and pour into the box (carefully). Experiment with the proportions until you get a consistency you like.

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

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 09:14 PM

Hey Moshel, welcome to the GBOC! That is the Grease Box Owners Club. Looks good to me!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 04:19 AM

Okay, I’ll sound stupid and ask – what’s a “grease box” used for? Since responders are mentioning bees wax, I assume it’s not for use when greasing your car!


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#8 posted 09-08-2010 05:22 AM

Jim, I’ll let Mr. Roy answer this

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 10:23 AM


That’s a Great Video. Someone else did a Posting just recently on something I just noticed on there. He has the axe in his hand to start then he Pats the Golden and the axe Disappeares! Then it’s back again when he crosses the stream and into His Shop. HA! Blooper?

I’ve been Greasing or putting a coat of oil on ALL of my Tools since Day One! Why? My Grandfather was a Plumber & Steamfitter back in the Late 1930’s. Well after He Retired he still had most of his Tools and would take them out once and a while just to clean them.

I must of asked Him why he put Grease on them. I don’t remember his exact answer but That’s why I’ve always done it to my Tools. I do remember one of his Favorite sayings. “A True Craftsman Takes care of his Tools. You take care of them and they’ll take care of you.”

He also Loved to Fish! He taught me that also and perhaps more importantly the meaning of the word Patience.

Just out of curiosity I just now looked it up in my Dictionary. “The ability to accept calmly, things that trouble or annoy, or that require long waiting or effort.”

I belive my Grandfather was a Very Wise Man. I Loved Him Dearly!!

Thanks For Posting and the Lovely Walk Down Memory Lane.


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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