Grease Box

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Project by littlecope posted 01-31-2012 09:40 PM 2257 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little grease box was inspired by our gentle Mafe's blog some 446 days ago. I made it the morning after I read his blog…
But it was never completely “finished” until last night, when I installed some rare-earth magnets to keep the thing closed…
I was daunted by the thinness of the lid… drilling a hole without piercing through made me afraid to even attempt it, but going very slowly and carefully, and checking and re-checking the hole depth, ultimately worked…
I bought some epoxy to hold them in place, but it was unnecessary. They needed to be seated with a tiny block of Oak, and a hammer…
It closes with a nice gentle click… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 01-31-2012 09:43 PM

nice michael

and you have unlimited grease from work
to load it with

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-31-2012 09:50 PM

Really cute, Mike! I LOVE rare Earth magnets! They are great for stuff like this. The finish on the box is really nice, too. Great project! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 09:57 PM

Looks great Mike.

hows the new place working out for you?

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2012 10:18 PM

Good job Mike,this is a good looking grease box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-31-2012 10:20 PM

i guess im just a little dumb on this…what is a grease box and what are the for….but your looks great…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 01-31-2012 10:24 PM

Beautiful little grease box Mike. I’m sure you will get A+ from Mads on this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 10:45 PM

very neat…
and… of course, it IS a box!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 10:46 PM

I know you are a working chef, but do you think this will hold enough grease ;^)



-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 10:54 PM

Very nice my friend.


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#10 posted 01-31-2012 11:26 PM

Grizz beat me to the question of what and why. And I’m a fan of those rare earth magnets too. Nice job.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#11 posted 02-01-2012 12:36 AM

Very nice Mike. If I may Mike; a grease box holds “grease” for use on hand tools (chisels, planes, etc.) to prevent surface rust. The “grease” might be animal fat, lard, beeswax, etc. As I understand it, years ago, carpenter’s would have a grease box to use on their tools at the end of the day.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#12 posted 02-01-2012 06:32 AM

Very interesting. How big/small are these boxes?

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#13 posted 02-01-2012 09:55 AM

Thanks my Friends…
Lenny is exactly right. In the dark days, before electricity, carpenters would keep a small grease box in their tote… the better to keep their tools rust-free and to keep the tools gliding and sliding through the work…
Ed/EMVarona: This one is fairly small… a little over 3” long, about 2” wide, and about 1 1/4” tall… It would probably only hold a 1/3 of a cup of grease or so, but a little dab of grease will go a long way towards showing some kindness to an old saw or plane…
Sharon/Purplev: We’re really settling in and enjoying our new location. Henniker NH, and the surrounding area, is as pretty as a postcard… or more accurately, as pretty as a Currier and Ives print!! It’s rustic living… We had a fox doing a regular fox-trot in our front yard the other morning!!
I’m going to have to up-date my shop, because I’ve moved it (again!)... I’m told that sections of the cellar flood in the Spring, and last week I moved it to higher ground…
Thanks for asking!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 02-01-2012 11:53 AM

Hi Mike, I’ve made three little grease pots over the years, and damn if I can find either of them now ! and by the way if memory serves me at all, they were a lot uglier than yours !
don s.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#15 posted 02-01-2012 02:09 PM

Hi mike,
I welcome you to the GBOC (greaseboxownersclub).
What a fine little grease box you have made.
May it serve yoy well and keep your tools free of rust and your cutting smoother.
Smiles my friend,

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

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