Art Deco grease box

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Project by Viktor posted 1378 days ago 3158 views 19 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just as you thought that grease boxes were for plaid-clad, pipe-smoking rustic types here is one for turtle-neck and beret-wearing artisans. Featuring an Art Deco grease box with curved dovetails made from scraps of maple, lyptus, and Carpathian elm and laurel burl veneer.

A little history. In the 1920-s no self respecting Parisian woodworker would be seen without an Art Deco grease box like this one… Ok, Ok, I just made it up…

Since I have no use for grease, the box can be utilized to hold napkins, support books, transfer angles and store my diamonds (will hold about 200 carats).

By now you are probably scratching your heads thinking “how on earth did he make those curved dovetails?” Scratch no more and look at exhibit #6: a Lee Valley curved dovetail saw! But don’t you, tool snobs green with envy, run to the nearest fancy tool outlet. This model is a special edition not available in stores! (Note variable size teeth technology).

How is this for a GBOC entry?

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 1378 days ago

First of all thank you for the wonderful laugh.
Welcome in the GBOC
That is to date the most beautiful grease box made in my eyes.
Simply wonderful.
It’s a shame they don’t sell that saw, if I offer you a billion million perhaps you will sell it!
I gues you were on a circular route…
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 1378 days ago

“I gues you were on a circular route…”
Ok, Ok, you got me there… It is not a real saw :-( I drilled the pivot hole first and rotated the piece on the router table. I wanted to add a secret locking mechanism so that other LJs won’t steal my diamonds, but got tired of it and quit at this point.

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#3 posted 1378 days ago

Yep, one of the BEST I’ve seen too. I’m more fascinated with the inlays. Great job! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

Now that is too cool! I got to get me one of those saws!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

A very clever build. With humor attached.
Good job Sir,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

niiice box with a big waaoow factor build in

thanks for sharing

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 1378 days ago

Thanks for a chuckle this morning. Really a great looking little box. Well crafted and a great design.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 1378 days ago

YOu know, I thought I was all grease boxed out, but this one is INCREDIBLE! I think you have just raised the grease box challenge to a new level. Go get ‘em Mads and Div. ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 1378 days ago

Well done with extraordinary flair…BC

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#10 posted 1378 days ago

Just toolin’ arround eh ! Thats a realy fine piece !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 1378 days ago

Too funny, very stylish
I am not sure my eyes are refined enough to be worthy to view such a piece

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 1378 days ago

A good laugh & a wonderful looking box.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 1378 days ago

I’m thinking we need to have a grease box challenge. This one would certainly be a contender.

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#14 posted 1378 days ago

Geez, thanks for the laughs! And you’ve got entertaining pictures to illustrate your prose, haha!

Setting the humor aside, this is one heck of a grease box. From the curved dovetails, to the inlay… excellent attention to the details.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 1378 days ago

I think I just found my next project! Thank you Viktor – I love it

-- ... must be time for a cup of tea and a sit-down

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