Grease box

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Project by Jeff posted 10-17-2010 03:35 PM 6136 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, I jumped on the Grease Box bandwagon (aka tallow box). I thought it would be fun to make out of scrap wood and also a skill builder for me as I used more hand tools than I normally do.

The butterfly key is purple-heart and the remainder is white oak. I used a brass “chicago bolt” for the hinge, and epoxied it in place. Originally I wanted to make it more deceptive by using the locking tab of metal seen in Abdel's box but I didn’t leave myself enough space at the hinge end. Lesson learned.

Fitting the key was hard on the eyes, I don’t know how I’m going to do this when I’m 70. I left the project unfinished, I may put a piece of felt in the cavity to cover up the forstner bit pilot holes.

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 04:26 PM

great little greasebox :-)
hopefully you don´t cover it with felt but with grease


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#2 posted 10-17-2010 04:59 PM

very nice I wont to try one of these my self when every i get back to the shop and I found a block of Willow Oak that will work great thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 06:38 PM

Cool little box. Working with small parts can be difficult but you did great.
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 07:56 PM

Very nice box. Roy Underhill would be very proud. Now, where to get some fresh tallow…......

-- Robert N

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 08:39 PM

Nice, clean execution! Welcome to the GBOC!

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

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 03:05 AM

Nice work and welcome to the GBOC as well…BC

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#7 posted 10-18-2010 03:18 AM

well done!!! not sure the felt on the bottom will be seen after you fill it up with tallow :-)

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

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 01:28 AM

Thanks everyone. You know I’m not sure if I will actually use it for tallow… My shop is dehumidified so rust isn’t a huge issue for me right now. My daughter thinks it is really neat so she may receive it as a trinket box or something.

-- Jeff

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 01:41 AM

you can also make her one like this

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

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 02:30 PM

Jeff, I just had to check out your work on the grease box. I’ve been following this for awhile and now will simply have to make some. I want to be a member of the GBOC too. Nice work!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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