The grease box story #2: The 66 years old secret Abdel box from Lebanon.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-10-2010 01:24 AM 22093 reads 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The grease box story.
Chapter two: The 66 years old secret Abdel box from Lebanon.

Even we are now far away from the original grease box story, I feel I have to tell this story before going back.

Here is the original secret Abdel box.

What do we know of this secret box then?
We know Roy Underhill have seen one in a marked, I have seen some pen boxes made with this system as a child, but besides that I was not able to find out more until:
I had a wonderful lunch at an old friend and architect Ib Welling, he is besides being a wonderful man with a big heart, an old carpenter and has so many beautiful things in his house, so I was on a little discovery tour.
Here I found the box you see on the pictures,

I said: ‘Ib did you make yourself a Roy Underhill box?’
He answered: ‘Roy who?

And then he told me this box was given to him when he was eight he is now close to sixty six…
It was given to him from his father’s sisters husband who was Lebanese, his name was Abdel, and was extremely rich, according to the story he was the owner of half the city where he lived.
So the secret box is at least 58 years old, and this one comes from Lebanon.
So now I call mine the Abdel box, out of memory for my sweet friend Ib.

What’s new;
Added my sketchbook drawing.
The old ABDEL has two steel tops, one that are the pivot, and one just for confusion.
The dovetail is only half, and is cut out from the lover part of the box, so it all is the same wood.
And the most interesting difference are that the Abdel version has a secret lock, that makes it impossible not to open the box unless you hold it upside down – so now even I could see why this box was a secret box, and not just difficult to open for a carpenter….

The Abdel secret box:

My try to make a user friendly and easy to make grease box, and my egg grease box:

Best thoughts and a greasy smile,

MaFe 2010

The grease box in a blog series under this name, in this I try to explore the details, and to collect the inputs I already got on my posts, and blogs, so it will become the ‘Grease box story’ .

I will try to uncover:
The secret Abdel box, the names for the box, why use grease, what kind of grease, recopies of grease, the pocket box and the bench box, what countries are the grease box known in (from input), if possible how far back in history, what designs has been used, the Abdel / Roy Underhill secret box with drawings, the LJ grease box clubs models and list of members (please send me a mail if you are not mentioned when it comes)and more subject vill come as we go.

I will love to hear all kinds of input as I go, so feel free to post comments and info.
The blog will be a mix of facts and inputs, so I can of course not guarantee for the truth of all, but I’ll try and document the sources as well as possible. There will be no finish date to this blog, but it will be posted as it goes.

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

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 05:01 AM

I love secrets! Puzzles teach me to think….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 10:02 AM

Mads If you decide to write a book about this little box i would like tó pre-order it right now.

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 04:25 PM

Hey Mads. Your drawings are great and I like them a lot. The look is kind of naive but all the details are captured in the blink of an eye. Well done. Besides that, I consider you’re a great pedagogue. Thanks again for sharing.



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#4 posted 06-04-2018 11:18 AM

Very beautiful drawings, I like the pictures. Thank you for sharing.


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#5 posted 06-11-2018 12:44 AM

Schmierstoffe, thank you.
Best thoughts,

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

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