Greasebox 1 & Greasebox 2

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Project by ChrisJ posted 02-29-2012 07:58 PM 1902 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like many of my fellow jocks, I’ve been fascinated by these things since I first saw them on LJ. Good wood is kind of scarce around my parts without driving a couple hours so I didn’t really know where I was going to get a 2” square chunk of whatever wood I wanted to use. It hit me when I was looking to see what was available online: turning blanks. I got several very well priced 12” blanks of Silver Maple, Ash, Walnut, & Purple Heart.

There is a huge difference in the quality of the first box vs. the second. I did one about a month before the other and watched Roy Underhill’s video a couple of times. Though the second is by no means perfect, it looks and works much better.

Box 1 (pics 1-3): Silver Maple with an Oak key (key isn’t cut very well and I’m still not quite sure why I used oak. It didn’t work well and it doesn’t look very nice). The upper lid is cut using a 1:8 angle and it was a little bit harder to open. Finished with Danish Oil…I’m not sure I like that particular combination of wood/finish. There are some black streaks in the wood and I can’t figure out where they came from, anyone know?

Box 2 (pics 4-6): Walnut with an Ash key. I used a 1:6 angle and it seems to work better. I’m totally impressed with the look of this piece. It was pretty ugly before the finish was put on and I didn’t hold out a lot of hope. I needed a food safe finish since I’m purposing this one as a salt cellar. Several coats of Mineral Oil later and it looks great: rich and dark. I wanted to put some beeswax on it as an additional protection and to make it nice and shiny but no one in town has any. I guess it’ll be the Internet to the rescue again.

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 08:17 PM

Great work on the boxes. Now you just need to fill them :)

-- Rule 7 - Always be specific when you lie

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 09:01 PM

Nice boxes, well done.
Welcome to the GBOC (grease box owners club).
It will be a friend for life.
You can read about what to put in it here:
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 10:05 PM

Welcome to the GBOC. I see Mads, our fearless leader has already commented. One of mine got confiscated for use as a diamond earing storage case. It works real nice for that too. Good work. I know what you mean about finding pieces of exotic woods. It’s hard unless you want to pay a premium for it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 02-29-2012 10:40 PM

Nice box

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 06:33 PM

Nice boxes, and thanks for the info Mafe because I was going to ask.

-- - Martin

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