Dovetail Greasepot

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Project by BobAnderton posted 320 days ago 1127 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dovetail greasebox of the style shown in the episode by Roy Underhill.

Mafe and others have made excellent examples of these and posted them on Lumberjocks before me, so do a search and look at theirs too.

It’s made of walnut I got from the back of an arborist friend’s truck, and the dovetail key is made of bradford pear. It’s all handsaw cut, but I did make the concession of using a bowl/tray router bit to make the bottom of the cavity smooth and radiused.

Two tips I think I can pass along after making one of these is to get a 1/8” chisel for cutting the dovetail recesses, and set the dovetail waist lower than the top edge of the bottom piece so that what projects out of the bottom piece is about the upper third of the key.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#1 posted 320 days ago

I just watched Roy’s video this past week. It is a neat little project. Not sure if I will make one myself – I think I will just stick with wax :-)

-- Jay in Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 319 days ago

What a beautiful grease box.
Lovely crisp and beautiful wood.
Welcome to the GBOC.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 319 days ago

That is great. I have wanted to make one ever since I saw that episode.


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#4 posted 319 days ago

I too saw that episode and was amazed with the little grease box … I just never ‘figgered’ out where or how I would use one … maybe someone in the GBOC can enlighten me?
Great job on this one.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 319 days ago

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 317 days ago

Cool grease box! Like the walnut and the contrasting dovetail. Well done!

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