|Project by Chris||posted 12-28-2011 09:48 AM||2259 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
I recently made this replica of the Old Timey Woodworkers Lube Boxes that were once used by our predecessors.
Crafted out of Black Walnut and contains an inlay-ed hourglass shape in the end which serves as a lid retention. The dual swinging lid is designed to create a locking means, which is obtained by the top lid preventing the lower lid from sliding, when both are closed. Of course this would have been very useful when these ‘pots’ as they were called, found their way in a woodworkers pocket. I can just envision the pot inside a breast pocket on a pair of carpenter’s bib overalls adding to the whole nostalgia of the era.
The pot held lube that was oft times made of some composition of natural oils, beeswax, mineral oils and the like and 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”
by the way this crafty little piece makes a nice addition that i keep within arm’s reach of my lathe so i have readily accessible the waxy paste that i use on some of my wood turnings….as for the visible sanding scratches, i left them there for the overall old look.
-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC. http://www.quackycalls.com