|Project by Chris||posted 12-28-2011 09:48 AM||2419 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
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. http://www.quackycalls.com