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Old English pocket grease box (For my brother Div).

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Project by mafe posted 08-11-2010 11:26 PM 7511 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old English pocket grease box
In honour of my brother Div.

Hi guys,
DIV my LJ cyberspace friend took up the challenge and made a wonderful little grease box.
So just to not get borring I took up the callange today again.
This time a replica of the old classic English boxes.

I woke up late, after a long night of coffee and Grappa, with a good friend.
Had to go to Paris in the afternoon, in fact I’m sitting now on the plane on my way to Paris writing the text…
But in between packing, shopping, clearing my home bofore take of, I found some minutes to run to the workshop, and make a little grease box.

So here he is, the final finish, will have to wait, but box done, and ready to use.

Just a little bandsawing, the box are cut in shape, then the lit are cut of.
Sanding,to get as close to shape as possible.
Holes on this one are drilled, and then ‘walls’ schiseled out.
Hole drilled for the little brass screw, fittet, and re sanded.
Then I cut the lid of in the corner, and sawed with a angel, so the lid locks in when it’s closed.
Filled with bees wax, and then polished in wax on the outside after.
This is as close as I get to the old original English one.
Exept from the fact that I choose a light colour of wood and not the traditional dark.

You can read the story behind this, and find some usefull links on the first post:
Carpenters grease box (LJ's grease pot)
Or look at Div’s version:
A tribute to our vintage architect

I made a blog about the grease box story.

Here are a recipe for Grease box, Grease our friend Alba blogged for all of us – thank you.

Hope this can be to some inspiration -

Best of thoughts,
Mads

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





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mafe

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 11:29 PM

I’ll put some better pictures later, can see they stink! But I’m in Paris now, just had some wonderful cheese, a perfect baguett and more than one kiss from my love!
Yes, call me lucky!
Best thoughts to all of you,
MaFe

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

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anon

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 11:38 PM

mads, du er fantastisk!!!! (mads, you are fantastic!!)

i have too many projects on my mind, but before anything else i’m going to make a grease box :)

i love cheese and good baguettes, the french know how to make them, but danes know better how to make cheese ;) have a great time in paris my lucky friend :)

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 12:50 AM

Had no idea what it was till I read the background and it’s lid, not lit, I think you mean, unless that’s what they called it. Remarkable story and great idea for planing and a lot of other things like the screw helper. Great idea..Thanks

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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geppetto

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 01:52 AM

Take a look at my pick box with a magnetic hinge. That hinge looks like a perfect application for the grease box.

-- geppettoswoodshop.com

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docholladay

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 03:05 AM

Have you ever seen the episode of The Woodrights Shop with Roy Underhill when he builds one of these. He makes one out of rosewood with a little dovetail key to keep the lid closed. Here is a link where you can watch the episode on line:

http://www.pbs.org/woodwrightsshop/video/2900/2901.html

Also, according to St. Roy, you are supposed to use sheeps tallow (I hear that stuff does not smell good at all).

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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BritBoxmaker

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 12:59 PM

Looks like Grease boxes are the new cutting boards

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

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mafe

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 01:10 PM

Flemming: Thank you! You are to kind. And yes there are nothing like a good Danish cutting cheese, but the French have a tradition, and so many traditionally cheses, that I must disagree, they are the cheese makers of the planet (but the first thing I do when I come home to Denmark are allways, to eat a piece of dark bread with a good 45’er cheese).
Jockmike2: I have changed the word thank you (I’m Danish), thank you for the kind words.
Gepetto: I’ll look into it, thank you.
docholladay: Been there did that! Laugh – thank you.
BritBoxmaker: I laugh big time now, cant wait to see yours.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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WoodenFrog

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 03:53 PM

Very Cool! I love this Idea, You and DIV are really taking it to the limit.
Great Job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Div

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 08:53 PM

I am laughing and crying at the same time! Thanks Mads, I feel both honored and humbled to have been honored by you! Just sorry that I saw this so long after posting – time differences between our countries and my computer habits. I only go online at night, after a day in the shop.

Does this mean the challenge is still on? Hmm….. I have the advantage now! I have a week to think about this while you are eating cheese and sharing kisses…
Enjoy my friend!

Martyn, you had better do one with a candyman lid!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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mafe

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 09:14 PM

Hi Div,
The truth is that I have been looking 10 times today, just to see if you had seen it!!!
So I laugh a lot now.
Yes, for sure I will find it funny too see the challage continue, and also to see some of you other guys and girls suggestions.

Yes, you have some time untill I will be back to come up with a creative idea!

Happy and smiling, thnak you my friend,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 09:16 PM

Plenty of kisses here, but for dinner I had to settle with a home baked abricot pie…
- ahhh yes and the most delicious Frenche grapes.
;-)

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

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Div

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 09:24 PM

Ah, Paris! The city of lovers. Tough life hey! ;^))

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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stefang

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#13 posted 08-17-2010 03:09 PM

Hi Mads. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying Paris and it’s ‘attractions’. I enjoyed the grease box tutorial and I noticed a few other interesting things, like the vacuum attachment on your drill press, the nice drill press auxilliary table, the handy fence stops and the modified clamps on the fence. All great little items. Enjoy your Paris visit and let us know when the wedding date is set!

BTW I just read an article that a British journalist has discovered an archive that shows that there was indeed a real hunchback working at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris who was the inspiration for Victor Hugo’s famous novel.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#14 posted 08-17-2010 11:55 PM

Hi Mike,
Yes it was some wonderful days, as all ways in Paris.
Your observations impress me a lot, and do not think I will let it flay of into nothing…
I have pictures ready now for a little drillpress table blog, and will write it as soon as I find the time and energy, or are not buisy making greaseboxes… Yes DIV and I had a fun moment there (he really managed to surprise me), and I hope that there will come more grease boxes here at LJ.
For the wedding, I’ll keep you updatet.

If you have the article about the Huntchback, I will be happy for a scan or a copy, it will be fun to read.
I have read allmost all of Victor Hugo, and love his writing – my favorite are with no doubt ‘Toilers of the Sea’, if you have not read this book, just go and do it, I promise you will not regred.

Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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