At last--a grease "pot" !

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Project by racerglen posted 01-06-2011 05:21 PM 2865 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few views of my entry.. It’s a mystery wood, donated by a friend from his mom’s woodpile. I left
the chainsaw marks on the top and bottom, and used my bandsaw to square off the sides and slice the top. Next a forstner bit, 2”3/4” for the pot hole.
The lid’s attached with a brass shouldered screw, the hold down’s a 1/4-20 thumbscrew with a modified end..
ground to make a wedging effect as you turn rather than screwing it in. overall it’s about 6” long by 4” wide and about 3.5 high. The grease is more of a hard wax, a mix of parafin canning wax and old, old bee’s wax. The bottom has one of my brand markings, my initials. Made the iron from a file cabnet’s guide, bent the end after cutting off the threads, flattened the top of the hook and carved the initials with a dremel.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 05:48 PM

Welcome to GBOC.

I think that’s Box Elder.


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#2 posted 01-06-2011 06:01 PM

That is a beautiful grease box, nature is so present.
A warm welcome to the club from the president!
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 06:10 PM

Ok..James.. I’ve got some Green Ash from Alberta that looks a lot like this, but it’s a whole lot heavier, this stuff for all it’s very hard, is quite light. Oh, forgot the finish..Shelac with a no no over top..waterborn varathane, but it did work !
(I was also lucky on a cheeze board for my wife’s birthday that’s still in process, same wood, but a smooth and glossy finish she wants.. put the waterborn on one side and left it to dry..came back and my nice FLAT board was bowed up an 8th at each end !.. Fortunately, I moaned then used non waterborn on the other side intending to make it even thinner but flat.. Wonder of wonders a day later it’s all flat again !..and now the waterborn side has the other over top to seal it off. Whew ! ) MaFe.. Thank you ! A pleasure to have the President’s aproval !


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 06:33 PM

If it’s boxelder it won’t stay red if you leave it out in the light.

-- Jeff,

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 06:50 PM

a buty of a grease pot :-)


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#6 posted 01-07-2011 01:59 AM

Nice greasebox :)

Its that a dutchmans meterstock i see in the background ? Looks like that with the brasshenge :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 04:40 AM

Nice greasebox….
What kind of wood is it made of?
Napoleon the dutchman meterstock is called in dutch a “duimstok”

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 03:17 PM

I think the rule in the background’s actualy a British boxwood ‘n brass rule altho I do have a Dutch version.
Houtje, the jury’s out on what the wood is, James suggests Box Elder..all I know is it isn’t a fruitwood and it came from a friend’s mother in law’s farm on the shores of Okanagan lake..It was to have been firewood, as most of the tree did become.
Acording to Wikapedia another name for box elder is Manitoba Maple, but their map dosen’t show it growing west of the Rocky mountains so….I don’t know..the bark discription they give matches prety well..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 12:52 AM


My opinion is that this is “box elder” from near the stump of the tree. That’s the part where the annual rings get a little confused with regard to which way “out” is when theyre still part of the tree and growing.

Box Elder is actually a member of the maple family, the least dense and the least durable of the lot.

The red stain is a key indicator that another part of the tree (a branch or a knot) was damaged and the tree was under fungal attack. So long as you keep the box away from bright fluorescent lights, the red should still be visible for ~8 months to 2 years. All pretty wood eventually gets darker, and dramatic color eventually fades. Sorry.

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 01:01 PM

I know about the fading and darkening over time, but this stuff’s been chunks of chainsawn
firewood bits on a low rack in my shop for over 4 years now ? The rough top and bottom weren’t touched before the coats of finish. Now the box is fully exposed, sitting on my roller cart for small bits so we’ll see. I’m now doing a cheeze board for mrs from the same stuff with a gloss (by request) finish.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 01-11-2011 05:43 AM

Great wee grease box


-- 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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#12 posted 08-08-2011 01:32 PM

Hi Glen, nice greasebox. Now you are a member of the club with Mads!!
It sure looks like box elder. It is one of the prettiest woods I have worked with. Getting the red in it is what makes it so spectacular. It is like the piece is on fire!!
I am looking for it here and I have a number of wood cutting companies looking for it for me. They told me the red color is from the female box elder tree…........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-08-2011 02:58 PM

It’s nice alright, the wood that is..strange stuff in some ways,
hard to work with ..all I’ve got are some chunks a friend chainsawed for firewood and I gotthe leavings..
He said it was a bear to split !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#14 posted 10-29-2013 12:16 PM

The mixture I’d used, parafin wax and bees wax was too hard, so I added some mineral spirits, mixed after an overnight soak then let it air dry a bit.
BIG difference, like butter now !
(yes I know, that took a long long time to deal with ;-)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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