Gift grease box with locking system

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This is my first publication on LJ.

This is a gift for my wife’s dad. As he like secret’s box with different kind of locking system, I made this one.
It’s necessary to move upper lid first, but for that you need to slide lower lid. After that, you need to turn uside down the box, to have possibilities to move the lower lid in over position and access to the inside box.

I use Iroko for the back, oak and sapely for the 2 lids.

Have a good day !

Seb (a frenchy)

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#1 posted 785 days ago

Mafe would be impressed..
check out this guy’s stuff.( Mafe)

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#2 posted 785 days ago

Thanks for posting this.It turned out really nice.

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#3 posted 785 days ago

I like this a lot – useful and fun! How long did it take him to figure out the secret to opening the box? How do you go about designing something like this? Did you make a prototype?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 785 days ago

It take about 15 min, cause he have acknowledge on puzzle box, but over people didn’t open it or didn’t know how they open it. Lol!
I didn’t make a prototype, I made many search on the net, and found how I’ll do it with a mix of informations found.

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#5 posted 785 days ago

Very Nice work there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#6 posted 785 days ago

Great looking box. Welcome aboard.

-- Bryan

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#7 posted 785 days ago

Welcome brother woodworker.

Beautiful work on the box. Thank you for sharing.

I’ve been thinking of a double sided box like this, one side for “grease” and the other for pure beeswax.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#8 posted 785 days ago

Great Box

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#9 posted 785 days ago

That is one elegant greasebox, got to love that one.

Welcome to the GBOC (greaseboxownersclub).
You can read more in this blog .

Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 785 days ago

beautyfull greasebox you have made
I´m sure he will be happy when he gets it :-)

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#11 posted 783 days ago


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#12 posted 783 days ago

Really nice – 2 more cups of coffee and I might be able to understand the locking mechanism.

Also a hearty welcome from Atlanta! Congrats on your 18 years of military service – it must be a nice change of pace to be getting into Nautical carpentry. Glad to have you ‘aboard’ (oh Lord, that was a terrible pun).


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#13 posted 783 days ago

I didn’t get the “turn the box upside-down” part… is there some sort of gravity-driven latch in it?

My current understanding, from the pictures:
1. slide lower lid over the dovetail and away from hinge, which allows you to…
2. rotate top lid, which allows you to…
3. slide lower lid back towards hinge, freeing it from the dovetail
4. rotate lower lid

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#14 posted 783 days ago

Damien look at one of MaFe´s blogs about the history of the greasebox :-)


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#15 posted 783 days ago

Cool grease box. I like the shape!!
You are now a member of the GBOC- MAFE is the president!

Good show…............Jim

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

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