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

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Project by mafe posted 09-17-2010 07:59 PM 11445 views 30 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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,

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

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Tony Strupulis

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 08:10 PM

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

-- Tony -

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 08:17 PM

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,

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 08:51 PM

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,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 08:54 PM

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

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 08:56 PM

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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#6 posted 09-17-2010 08:58 PM

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.

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 09:11 PM

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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#8 posted 09-17-2010 09:14 PM

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,

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 09:31 PM

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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#10 posted 09-17-2010 09:54 PM


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

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 10:21 PM

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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#12 posted 09-17-2010 10:51 PM

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,

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

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#13 posted 09-17-2010 11:03 PM

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,

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

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#14 posted 09-17-2010 11:07 PM

Thats a cute little box.

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#15 posted 09-17-2010 11:57 PM

Very nice

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

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