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A Ladylike Grease Box

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Project by HokieKen posted 01-02-2019 02:23 PM 1056 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife often gets left out of my gift-making because my time is limited, she is selfless and doesn’t really need/want anything that I make most of the time. So this year, I’ve been making it a point to make her little things that I hope she’ll like and use for special occasions.

She has a small, hinged lid box that she uses when we travel and fills with earrings and rings for the trip. So, I figured that was something I could replace with something a little nicer and more meaningful. A grease box a' la Roy Underhil was the first thing that came to mind. I made one previously for my buddy KelleyCrafts and it was a fun build and a great way to use some small offcuts of really nice wood.

My friend EarlS gifted me a box of such offcuts recently so I chose a really gorgeous piece of Walnut to make Steph’s box. I won’t go into construction or how it works. You can watch the linked video above for that or check out the great blog by LJ Mafe on these boxes.

The key is made from Yellowheart and I used my small laser engraver to personalize it. I decided to flock the interior of the box to make it more delicate and feminine ;-) It was also great fun watching my delicate and feminine wife struggle with how to open it on Christmas Eve :-)) Eventually I had to show her before she got a screwdriver…

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions welcome as always. Happy New Year to all LJs!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 01-02-2019 02:30 PM

I love everything about this box the engraving is top notch the wood is amazing and the flocking color compliments the gift very well GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 01-02-2019 02:31 PM

Kenny, you’re a flocking genius! You can (and I’m sure will) quote me on that. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 02:34 PM

Nice!

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 02:35 PM

Awesome job brother! I bet she was hoping you filled it with some of that jewelry….a man can only do so much.

For what it’s worth, I use my grease box you made previously whenever needed. I love that little thing. It’s stayed relatively clean too which is surprising, I figured it would be all gunked up and greasy by now.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 02:53 PM

Nicely done. The engraving is nice touch!

PS there are couple of characters in the end of the video link (’/l’) that makes link broken.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 03:06 PM

Thanks guys!


Nicely done. The engraving is nice touch!

PS there are couple of characters in the end of the video link ( /l ) that makes link broken.

- torus

Thanks for catching that! I fixed the link in the OP.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 01-02-2019 03:13 PM

Kenny – I still have a piece of walnut from the batch I sent you. Looks like I might just have to make something like this for my wife since you set the precedence.

BTW – I started a special “scrap” bin just for you. Not much in there yet.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 01-02-2019 04:29 PM

Pretty Flocking nice! These little boxes always amaze and interest me, one of these days may have to try building one? Curious about the flocking, does it shed?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 01-02-2019 04:38 PM



Kenny – I still have a piece of walnut from the batch I sent you. Looks like I might just have to make something like this for my wife since you set the precedence.

BTW - I started a special “scrap” bin just for you. Not much in there yet.

- EarlS

Music to my ears Earl!! I’ll be glad to make and send you one for the wife in return for the “scraps”!


Pretty Flocking nice! These little boxes always amaze and interest me, one of these days may have to try building one? Curious about the flocking, does it shed?

- Andre

Thanks Andre. Never had any problem with flocking shedding at all. I’ve used it in a few bandsaw boxes over the past couple of years. I use the Donjer brand supplies including the color-matched adhesive. I’ve read where people just use 2-part epoxy and dye it to match the fibers but I can’t say whether that works as well or not. Once it cures fully, I blow it with compressed air to remove any loose fibers and haven’t ever seen any come off after that.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 01-02-2019 07:56 PM

How wonderful!
Happy wife, makes a happy life – yours must be by now.
(So wonderful with the little message in the lid)
Cool box, well made.
I’ll be happy to see you added to the GBOC:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/19229
Thank you for mentioning me. ;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#11 posted 01-02-2019 08:24 PM

Thanks for looking Mads :-)) It was your blogs on these little devils that set my mind to thinking of possible uses for them. They’re so clever and fun to build! So many possibilities and so much fun to make!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#12 posted 01-02-2019 08:27 PM



Pretty Flocking nice! These little boxes always amaze and interest me, one of these days may have to try building one? Curious about the flocking, does it shed?

- Andre

Andre, Mads’ blog series has drawings and the link in the OP to St. Roy’s show on them has a great build walkthrough. Grab a piece of wood and your tools of preference and go to it :-) I have to say, it’s a great project to do with just hand tools if you’re so inclined.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 01-02-2019 09:44 PM

Very nice Ken. And a creative idea too!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 01-02-2019 10:43 PM

I flocking love it!!
Great work.

-- Pete

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#15 posted 01-03-2019 12:22 AM

That is a perfect little gift box. Well done and I like the idea.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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