Old Timey Woodworkers Lube Box

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Project by Chris posted 12-28-2011 09:48 AM 2458 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this replica of the Old Timey Woodworkers Lube Boxes.

Crafted out of Black Walnut and contains an inlaid hourglass shaped retention on one end, as most do. The dual swinging lid is designed to create a locking means. I can just envision the box inside a breast pocket of bib overalls adding to the whole nostalgia of the era. The box was handcrafted and I left sanding striations to make it look more like the era it represents.

The pot held lube that was oft times made of some composition of natural oils, beeswax, mineral oils and the like. The lube was used to lube screws prior to insert, lube blades such as the 2 man crosscut saw, wood projects and even the cracked knuckles of a woodworker’s hand.

I keep bees so i made my lube out of bees wax and pharmaceutical grade mineral oil.

The finish on the piece? “YOU guessed it, the turner’s paste or lube itself”. I don’t carry mine around. Rather just leave it tucked behind the wood lathe for an easy reach when finishing a piece on the lathe that needs a little bee’s wax finish.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 12:53 PM

Nice lil greasebox =)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 01:38 PM

Congrat with the greasebox, really a sweet one!
You are now a member of the GBOC L/J.
You can read a lot about the subject here:
The best of my thoughts and a happy new year,

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 04:39 PM

I’ve never seen or heard of a greasebox,,,,thanks for the history lesson. It looks like a very useful thing to have around….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 05:09 PM

That’s an interesting project. I’ve seen a hole bored into the end of a wood handle screwdriver for the same purpose.

I’ve used door-ease stick lubricant for this purpose.

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 06:12 PM

Mafe, thanks for informing me of the grease box blogging url, wow i have never discovered that information on greasepots up here on Lumberjocks before now. I feel like a total idiot almost with the in-depth description of such a simple project. My thoughts were originally that there would be individuals like myself that had not heard of neither ever seen one. Thus the logic behind the description.

MontanaBob – you are not in the boat alone, there are many of us that have not ever heard of one, i never had until a couple of years ago…now that i was given the blog information from Mafe, i’m interested in learning more about this ‘greasepot’

take care guys, Chris

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 06:21 PM

That’s a nice little grease box, Chris. I guess that makes you an official member of the grease box club. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 08:12 PM

Very nice!!!!
I just watched the episode of The Woodwright’s Shop this past week where he made one of these.
Again, nice work.

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#8 posted 12-28-2011 10:29 PM

Nice little grease box. I love those locking lids.


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#9 posted 12-29-2011 05:14 AM

I saw that episode of the Woodwright’s Shop this past weekend as well. You’ve even got his dialogue pretty much identical. Way to go!

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 05:17 AM

nice work

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 12-30-2011 06:43 AM

I made one of those last year – still haven’t posted it yet. oops. I never thought to make one so little! – that’s great!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 12-30-2011 07:40 AM

Scott post some pictures bro, we all want to see it, i was unaware prior to my posting of same but there is a Greasepot Club up here. You need to post your pictures so you can be accepted into the brotherhood. lol

Take care and thanks. Chris

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#13 posted 12-30-2011 12:59 PM

Hi Chris, no need to excuse, we all re invent here, it is a part of the fun about woodworking I think, to re discover, re invent and find the pleasure of these things, never stop doing that.
Yes we were quite a few that took that road some time ago and had great fun, I use my box / pot often in the shop and it reminds me of the past and my buddies here.
You even got a bonus that you became a GBOC member without knowing there were a GBOC, smiles.
Happy new year and the best of my thoughts,

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

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