The grease box story #5: Grease box owners club - GBOC

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-10-2010 10:51 PM 15104 reads 18 times favorited 73 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Grease box owners club.
Ok – I admit it’s childish and stupid.

So it was time – time to make a place on the web, a place for the GBOC.

So what is the criteria to be GBOC member?

You have to have made a grease box, or received one from a fellow wood worker.
Once you have done so, the GBOC will be extremely happy if you post your name, a little story of the box if you want, and a picture here as a comment under this post.
This will make you a full born member right away.

The GBOC, take pride in being a non political, no race, no judgment association, 100% eco friendly (do not know about all the wax), and always ready to grease.

GBOC was founded by Div, who at the same occasion made me the President (a title I take dead serious of course).

Thank you all that took up the challenge of making the grease boxes, I hope we will see many more in the years to come.

Best thoughts, may the grease be with you,


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 will 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.

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 10:58 PM

Ok as president I will make the first post.
It was my first grease box, and can be found here:

I made it from the thought a grease box should be simple and functional, and also fast to make.
Later I became obsessed…

Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 11:00 PM

What a great ideér Mads.

I would love to be a full member of the BGOC.


-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 11:06 PM

Wonderful idea Mr Mad’s President,


-- 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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#4 posted 11-10-2010 11:24 PM

To you my dear Jamie welcome again…
Napoleon, read the text! Laughs.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 11:37 PM

thought I was there today :—(
but I´ll bee back and thats a promise

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#6 posted 11-11-2010 12:42 AM

hmmm I wonder—if I rename this little box, would it pass as a grease box?
Click for details

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 11-11-2010 12:54 AM

You just have to put some grease inside.
Its really a sweet little box, I love it.
Welcome to the club.

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

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#8 posted 11-11-2010 01:03 AM

yippee .. I’m a GBOC-er :)

(we’ll have to pretend there is grease inside, since I no longer have possession of the box).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 11-11-2010 01:42 AM

Gimme a week or two to post mine, away in Hawaii as of Thursday :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 11-11-2010 02:28 AM

AAARRggg.. I just finished a pour of heritage parafin and bees wax in my grease pot at ten to four pacific time, and the SNAFU’ed
camera’s still inthe repair shop ! heritage as the parifin box says a dollar 59, and in the groscery store last weekend it was just under 6 dollars before taxes.. The beeswax also heritage, bought in my early teens from the sewing section in a plastic case for waxing thread, for me to do my bow string while I still could draw a bow and loose an arrow.. It’s sort of rectangular, 3.5 inches wide, 2.25 high and 6.75 long with live bark edges at the ends. The “pot part” is a 2.75 inch forstner drilled hile about 1.5 inches deep. Mystery wood, chainsawed from a chunk of firewood a friend thought might be of intrest. I’ve left the chainsaw marks top and bottom, finished the sides smooth. It’s waterborne poly over shelac, and where is that camera ! The mix has come out as a buttery brown, quite soft, which suprised me considering how hard both were to start with..
Oh well.. I guess I’ll have to wait for the membership card.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 11-11-2010 04:23 AM

Alba must be nominated for some office in the club as he even made a rope hammock for his grease box to sit on ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 06:31 PM

Click for details

Mine is now filled with a mixture of about 50% beeswax, 25% mineral oil, 20% linseed oil, and 5% turpentine. Also, there is a pair of rare earth magnets on the corner opposite the hinge to secure the lid.


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#13 posted 11-11-2010 07:52 PM

When can i expect to recive my GBOC-member-plastic card ? ;)

Now i will go to the shop :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 08:27 PM

The lure of belonging to such a Prestigious Club, with such Illustrious Members, proved too great for me…
This morning I secured a scrap of MahoganyMahogany scrap
After some Scroll Saw work, and gluing the bottom to the middle…After Scroll WorkBottom glued to middle
I then attached the lid and, Voila!! My own personal Grease Box!!! :)A Grease Box!!
My apologies for not being able to cut straight lines, but I hope my humble entry is at least considered by our beloved Vintage Architect President, and the other luminaries who are members, for entrance into this exclusive group, the GBOC!!
Now I have to do Great Research, to develop an appropriate concoction to fill it… :)
Thank You for the inspiration!!Applying finish

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

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#15 posted 11-11-2010 08:28 PM

Not sure if this is the official card or not— you just can’t trust authenticity these days.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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