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MaFe Overkill grease box (the ABDEL version) [Roy Underhill]

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MaFe Overkill grease box
Had to try and make a Roy Underhill version…

Ok I admit it, Roy Underhills version are really cool, like a little Pandoras box!
But – it’s too big and not really so easy in use in the shop, my other versions are better for this. Or the old English I also made.

So – I desided to make a version of Roy Underhills, just smaller app. 2 inches, and then use it for my antique wax for furniture restore, then it will be ok to look a little secret when I drag this little pandora up from the pocket.

So what did I do? Just some beautiful wood from a old table leg, a piece of brass, and a brass screw.
And then yes, much to much time, 4 hours total app.
The hardest part was to cut out the tiny dovetail in the back, so I could mount my little brass dovetail, this was only possible by making some micro chisels of stanley knife blades.

Here are the oldest story I have found about the box; the ABDEL box.

Here are a recipe for Grease box, Grease our friend Alba blogged for all of us – thank you.

I made a blog about the grease box story.

Update 10-13.
Drawing:

Since I had quite a few mails asking how it worked with the second lid, I made this little drawing to explain.

Hope it can be to inspiration, this could also be a fine little box for a ring or what ever you like,

Best thoughts,
MaFe

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





26 comments so far

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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 1434 days ago

The brass dovetail is a great addition! Your projects never disappoint!

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

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swirt

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#2 posted 1434 days ago

You are cracking me up with the old english ruler and the modern metric in the same photo.

A great little build. Clever as always.

Still looking at the photos closely to see these micro chisels, but I don’t see them, they must be really small. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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SPalm

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#3 posted 1434 days ago

Dang, You are having too much fun.

The brass dovetail adds some class.
But you are a man of class, so it fits.

Always a joy to see your stuff,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1434 days ago

YOU JUST CUOLDN´T RESIST…..LOL
looks great Mads and I second Swirt lets see those cheisels :-)

Swirt not to blame you That you can´t read Danish but its a Danish inch rulerstick
and the Danish inch is a little different from the imperial inch not much but enoff

thank´s for sharing and the neverending inspiration Mads

take care
Dennis

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TheDane

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#5 posted 1434 days ago

I think yours is just as cool as the one Roy made!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 1434 days ago

Well done oh maestro of the hand tools. Go on lets see the chisels. Ah go on!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Flemming

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#7 posted 1434 days ago

very handy grease box, i’m amazed you still have enough grease to fill them all up with! :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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swirt

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#8 posted 1434 days ago

Thanks Dennis, that must be my problem all along… anytime I’m off by a little bit (3%), I can just blame it on accidentally using the Danish Inch. I learn something new every day on this site.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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cranesgonewild

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#9 posted 1434 days ago

I really like this design for the grease box. And just when I thought this couldn’t get any better, you threw in the brass. Nice touch, my friend. Well done.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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PaBull

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#10 posted 1434 days ago

Thanks.

I might use this design for a jewelery box or so.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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blackcherry

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#11 posted 1434 days ago

As cool as the other side of the pillow, nice work very nifty indeed. Just might have to try that one as well, thanks for sharing and have a great week-end…BC

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mafe

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#12 posted 1434 days ago


Just a brass rod, a dowel and a re shaped and re sharpened stanley blade.
The dowel are to have something to hit, and the brass rod are to keep it from splinter.
I just made a little cut in the dowel, and put the blade in, no glue.

Her you can see the work in the top.

And here are all the tools I used for this little dovetail operation (crazy yes!).
I was happy I had made the little wooden hammer / mallet, since the waight was perfect for this little work.

So it’s not so fantastic, but here it is!
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#13 posted 1434 days ago

Swirt, yes I think of my american friends, and added a little twist with the Danish inches. And yes I had the same problem for years, now I’m just lost betwen Danish, English, Ameriacan inches, and some times even mm, so perhaps I should just stop counting.
Dennis, you were fast, and yes I could not resist.
Steve, I’m really flattered, and yes I have too much fun, the truth are I love it.
And I’m retired due to health, so I can go and spend a little time in the workshop when the health allow it, and then take brakes when needed.
TheDane, that was sweet.
Martyn, you got it!
BC, I love that expression; ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow’.
Flemming, I laugh, thank you.
Cranesgonewild, Yes I’m a child!
To all, thank you for the nice comments and compliments, you constantly inspire me to go on.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Beginningwoodworker

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#14 posted 1434 days ago

Thats a cute little box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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WoodsmanWoodworker

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#15 posted 1434 days ago

Very nice

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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