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Project by daltxguy posted 09-12-2010 02:10 PM 3020 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, honest, this was in the works before the recent grease box craze started…but then maybe the source of all this is the same – Roy Underhill.

Yes, this was inspired by Mr Woodwright himself. Beginning with the LJ Milling event and a few days vacation watching Mr Underhill’s woodworking porn led to this ‘simple’ project found from his online videos

Hey, that looks like something I can do in about an hour… and I needed some instant gratification in the project scene. Well, trust me, this is more complicated than it looks and only an interesting wood and some sanding and finishing diverts away from some obvious flaws and unskilled workmanship. Don’t be fooled by Roy’s wit and fumbling fingers and one-take episodes. He’s done a huge amount of preparation and always pulls another more advanced piece of the same project from up his sleeves to pull it all off in 22 minutes. The magic when going from the current operation to an already completed one will be the details which confounds and stretches his 22 minutes episode into 22 hours in the shop.

This is made from a windblown Silver Beech ( Nothofagus Menziesii ) which I harvested 2 years ago and was split and has been drying every since. Beautiful straight grain and just a touch of spalting and I have wood for another 3 do-overs. The ‘dovetail’ is rimu. Finished with my usual linseed oil – though I will have to try other finishes for Silver beech as it seems to make it look ‘dirty’ in my opinion.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!





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mafe

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 02:21 PM

That’s a really beautiful grease box you have made.
Such a warm color in the wood also, like caramel.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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moshel

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 02:27 PM

Great box!!!! I was thinking of making another one… filled mine today with beewax diluted with liquid paraffin. i should have used more paraffin – its is still a bit hard. used it twice by now, lubricating saws.

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

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Eric in central Florida

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 02:31 PM

That came out great.
St Roy makes it look easy in 22 minutes.
I think your grease pot will be around 100 years from now.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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cranesgonewild

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 03:02 PM

I really like this design. Maybe Roy Underhill started this craze a while back, but MaFe brought it to light here on LumberJocks.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 05:38 PM

It sure beats those modern plastic containers. Nice job!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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matai

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#6 posted 09-12-2010 10:02 PM

Nice one Steve. I can see another grease pot itching to get out of the other half of the lumber. But maybe an axe handle would be a more practical choice for your next project. ;o)

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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Div

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#7 posted 09-12-2010 10:17 PM

Hey Steve, welcome to the LJ GBOC ! (Grease Box Owners Club). Mafe is the President and I am a founder member!
Nice Box!

Grease Box Owners Unite! We have to give the pen makers a go!

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

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daltxguy

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#8 posted 09-12-2010 10:33 PM

Thanks guys!.

Yes, MaFe you are the grease pot renaissance man ( and Div has done his fair share to spur on the sport.)

Moshe, let’s keep talking about what the heck is the best formulation for the grease which actually goes in here and where do we ( in NZ) get the right ingredients.

Dick, shows how country I am, I didn’t even know that there were plastic equivalents. I’m glad I don’t know. I am shunning the use of plastic for anything with wood equivalents.

Dave. It’s supposed to have a handle? That’s a good idea. I can see the practical applications for firewood :) ( I actually only use this axe head as a wedge for splitting )

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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mtnwild

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#9 posted 09-12-2010 10:53 PM

Cool man, it is quick gratification on a project. Nice project for beginners.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 09-12-2010 10:53 PM

You could shoot yourself a Bear, & boil him down for some Bear grease.<(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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moshel

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#11 posted 09-12-2010 11:05 PM

we live in NZ, we need a ballistic missile to shoot a bear.

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

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8iowa

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#12 posted 09-12-2010 11:07 PM

So…..now you will have to butcher a sheep, cut off the fat, boil it in water and skim off the fat, strain it…..and voila…...you’ve got mutton grease.

Easy eh!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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daltxguy

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#13 posted 09-13-2010 04:17 AM

lots of little lambs about now. One of those would fit nicely in a pot.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Div

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#14 posted 09-16-2010 09:04 PM

Steve, I use Cobra floor polish in mine. Sold in the supermarket as a household product, it seems to be mostly carnauba wax. Put it on my tablesaw and jointers as well, works a treat. Maybe you have something similar down there. Making tallow is a mission, I’ve done it!

Like that you shun the plastic, same here. Do not own any tools with plastic handles, only wood and brass and steel! :^) Plastic is YUK! The house I’m building, everything is timber, even the kitchen sink!

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

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daltxguy

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#15 posted 09-16-2010 11:07 PM

Div, we were just exploring the use of ‘dubbin’, the clear polish used for treating leather – which I’ve read, in its purest form, is just tallow, bees wax and some animal based oil ( mink, neetsfoot ), though I suspect floor polish might be less expensive. Will look into it. At first glance, Cobra is not readily available in NZ.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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