|Project by mafe||posted 09-28-2010 07:18 PM||19590 views||77 times favorited||29 comments|
58 years old secret box
Made me a little confused when I saw this today.
Today I had a wonderful lunch at an old friend and architect Ib Welling, he is an old carpenter and has so many wonderful things in his house, so I was on a little discovery tour.
Her I found the box you see on the pictures,
I said: ‘Ib did you make yourself a Roy Underhill box?’
He answered: ‘Roy who?
And then he told me this box was given to him when he was 8 he is now 66…
It was given to him from his father’s sisters husband who was Lebanese, his name was Abdel, and was extremely rich.
So the the ‘Roy Underhill’ box are at least 58 years old, and this one comes from Lebanon.
I call it now mine the ABDEL box, and have added my sketchbook drawing.
There are two differences;
The old ABDEL has two steel tops, one that are the pivot, and one just for confusion.
The dovetail is only half, and is cut out from the lover part of the box, so it all is the same wood.
And the most interesting difference are that the original has a secret lock, that makes it impossible not to open the box unless you hold it upside down – so now even I start to see why this box are a secret box, and not just difficult to open.
I made a blog about the grease box story.
Hope it can be to inspiration, and Il think Roy are a wonderful guy, just so there are no doubts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.