Bling - a cracking greasebox (HT)

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Blog entry by Dennisgrosen posted 12-08-2010 03:51 PM 2163 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

two small gifts was given to me under a fantastic L J meeting in Copenhagen
from Mads (Mafe)a peice of mahogny thats was a cutof from a tablelegg
and from Thomas (Napoleon) a little Metalpeice in brass and cobber he had welded together
the idea was that Mads ,Thomas ,Flemming and I shuold have a greasebox each with a such a metalinlay

here is the small piece

But what pattern to make was difficult to deside

well after the pattern was desided and drawn
since the piece for the lid was only 3mm and the metal peice was 3,5mm thick something
so time for the filing and thickness sander to use some electron´s …..well I wish I had such a maschine

via the drillpress now we was in the room
after it was filed down to 2mm

time to use the manuel scrollsaw ….me

a close up of the pattern glued to the metal

some needlefilles is handy to have in thight corners

OOH – NO Disastre
under a test fit I forgot where I had placed the lid when my daughter shuold see what I was making
and forgot all about it wasn´t on the table but sitting in its place at the top of the greasebox
only resting on the edge of the lid so a little repairwork was nessery and can bee seen here

and here is the result of the repair – I wish I cuold say it was a top notch job but it isn´t
you can see the thin lines from the glue and my carving for the inlay is a disastre

when Mads did hear about the little accident he promtly posted three new peices
I cuold use as sparepart for the lid but I havn´t used them sofare but they are packed down
so maybee on day I remake the lid

hope it can inspire others to try using other materials in there wood
and see its not nessery to destroy electrons all the time , handtoolwork isn´t
a matter of execising and hardwork…..its a lifestile change :-)

thank´s for looking

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 03:55 PM

Great job, Dennis! You did splendid work with the tools you used. When I saw the first pic of the saw you used, I though that you wouldn’t be able to do it, but you proved me wrong. It looks great and is a very inspirational story. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Sheila :D

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

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 04:06 PM


good to see you keeping on

danish pastry bakes

it’s all the same


keep up the good work

enjoy !

-- 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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 04:16 PM

It looks great!

You did a great salvage job if you ask me.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 04:23 PM

Great stuff Dennis,
when I saw the first foto I thought you were going to show how to make it using only a swiss-army knife and a pipe! You do the best blogs here. Your friend,

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 04:46 PM

Great job Dennis!
One of these days i’ll have to make a DG(Danish Grease)box myself ;-)

-- Tom, Odense

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 04:55 PM

Great job as usual, what brand or make is that manual scroll saw you are using? I have never seen one like
it, and it is way better looking and built than any of the coping saws I have seen. That well used shoulder
drill press is quite impressive also, make for a nice quiet shop, but also allows a lot of work to get done.
Thank you for sharing once again. A great way to start the day and make the brain start moving, good
save on the lid.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 05:05 PM

Great recovery, Dennis. Good lettering too. Nice job.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 05:13 PM

Great job there buddy, I am itching to get back to some real woodwork. Just thinking about handwork makes my wrists ache, that is my achille’s heal.

13 deg F, -10.6 deg C here at 0600hrs…......slurping coffee…..............


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 05:16 PM

I like it Dennis. I think you could somehow incorporate lightning bolts that follow the cracks coming off of you initials. “The Great Dennis Grosen”

Great fix too.


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#10 posted 12-08-2010 06:47 PM

Dennis, How about 4 identical grease boxes for the Four Danish Horsemen of Woodworking? Maybe Cocobolo? What do you think?

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#11 posted 12-08-2010 06:55 PM

Great story and great results. I enjoyed it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 12-09-2010 05:14 AM

thank´s fok´s glad you liked this little funny setup done with a smile to you all

Rand greased Cocobolo don´t even joke with it ,not that it cuoldn´t be great looking box´s
but if the wife´s ever see the wood used like that ,to a shoptool…..ooh dungeon and dragons
wuold be all we will see the next ten years

Poul :-) I think that wuold be too modern for a greasebox but I will have it in the ideabox for future use :-)

jim just sneak in a 20 minuts break down there from time to time with the coffeemug and sketchblock thats ceep the worst symptoms down

Gus the blade I used was a juwlry sawblade for metalwork and so its the saw too
the saw is queit handy in the way it can use cracked blades or different length of new blades
up to i think 150 mm and the tension is set by yourself, the brand ….BooH …have to see if its there

Tom go for it lets see some dustcloud and a GB over Odense :-) Look into mafe´s blog section what and why
a greasebox is handy

Gerard thank´s I´m blussing now and will crawl back to my cave I think, all I can do is try to bring a little smile
instead of fancy woodworking

David : LOL mistakes and retakes I´m good to but eating pastry and desserts is were I shine…LOL

thank´s once more for looking

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#13 posted 12-09-2010 11:36 AM

Dennis you did a great job on recoverong the damaged lid I like the fact that you didn’t throw it away & start again
Keep warm & take care

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 12-09-2010 02:22 PM

Dennis that is a wonderful grease box and you did a great piece of work in preparing that inlay and embedding it into the wood. It looks like it grew in there with the tree. :) I envy you fellows. I want one of those and I am determined that I’m going to make one for myself. I promise you that I am. As soon as I get through with rivergirls toolbox, carve a love spoon, finish a little project for my wife, one little project in my shop, .......... well, you get the picture. :) But I promise that I will do it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 12-09-2010 09:34 PM

Great Recovery Dennis.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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