Osage Orange ABDEL Secret Grease Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-02-2011 02:41 PM 4426 views 11 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this picture of the old Abdel secret grease box ( from Mads) on my workbench for quite a while and then I found a piece of Osage Orange left over from a project on the other bench. I put the two together and made this secret grease box with a few changes. I thought it would look better as finished small treasure box and I changed the locking mechanism to a round brass pin that drops into the slide to lock it shut and you have to flip it and give it a tap to drop the pin back into the hole in the top to open the top. To secure it without fasteners showing, I used a brass pin in a blind hole in the top and bottom with a recess for a 4 penny nail to retain it into the bottom. I puttied the holes over so you can disassemble it if you really had to.

It is dry Osage Orange and finished with Deft gloss lacquer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 02:53 PM

Good looking project Jim, must have taken some working out. Osage Orange is a favorite wood of mine but it is getting scarce out here. By the way I got a reply back from “Rockler’s” they are out of square drills bits at the moment but will have some in stock shortly if you are interested.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 03:30 PM

Beautiful Abdel box Jim!
Love that you made a new secret to it.
I’m proud to welcome you in the GBOC with this little piece of clevernes.
Ohhh yes and I love little custommade brass secrets.
best of my thoughts my friend,

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 04:39 PM

Great looking project! I saw Roy Underhill make a similar version on the woodwright’s shop

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#4 posted 05-02-2011 06:15 PM

nice looking box :-)
its great to see there still can be made new versions on this little greasebox ….
who thought that when Mads introduced us to them :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 06:43 PM

Cool stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 05-03-2011 01:17 AM

very kool. Osage Orange is awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 05-03-2011 01:22 AM

Nice work on great wood.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 05-03-2011 04:48 AM

A nice project and some great looking wood to use.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 05-03-2011 03:15 PM

Very nice little treasure box. I like that locking mechanism, very cool.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 05-05-2011 06:31 PM

First class job!

-- Monkeyshines

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#11 posted 05-06-2011 04:14 AM

Interesting mechanism Jim, nice box.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 08:48 PM

Jim a great box

I’ve a new one in my head. :)


-- 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 07-15-2012 01:31 AM

Jamie, I had to take it apart today to turn down the locking plug. It was stuck in the top and would not drop down to lock the box. It is back to working good again.

Let’s see your new design!! They are fun to make. I’ve yet to do a curved dovetail, but I think I can….Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-15-2012 01:43 AM

very nicely made. nice work on the mechanisms involved

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#15 posted 11-22-2016 06:21 PM

I really like these little boxes and I’ve been trying to make one but I find that the lid is always catching at the corner so it won’t swing open. Is there a specific angle at which I’m supposed make the angled cut between the top and bottom lid so that they swing apart easily but leave a nice fine line like I see in your box? When I do it I have to create such a large gap that it looks sloppy.
Thank you.

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