Chip Carving to Go

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Project by BigDumbAnimal posted 03-25-2014 05:30 PM 3231 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled across a link, probably here to episodes of The Woodwright’s Shop online. One of the videos that I saw was how to make a dovetailed grease pot. I thought it was neat but don’t use a lot of grease in my shop. The wheels turned for a bit as I tried to figure out what I had that had small enough pieces and really should be consolidated.

My chip carving knives just happened to be setting across the room at about eye level so that my 2 year old can’t get her hands on them and I thought that looks about as good a thing to try and consolidate as any. I started sketching it out and saw that If I just built the box to hold the knives it would be to long and skinny and just look a little odd. So I made it wide enough to hold the two ceramic sharpening stones. Since the lower lid was a fairly thick 3/8” I figured why not create a rectangular hollow in the top of it to hold the sharpening stones. When it was done I discovered that the extra height built in to hold the sharpening stones accommodated a 6” ruler along with a pencil and eraser.

Construction is cherry with a walnut locking dovetail (which promptly chipped and will get replaced eventually). Dimensions are 2.5” x 2.75” x 7”. I cut grooves in the front and back to hold spacers and keep everything from rattling around. Finish is mineral oil and beeswax. I wish I could say I made it with all hand tools like Roy Underhill but I’m not that good and to be honest, not that patient.

Thanks for looking, comments/critiques welcome.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 06:00 PM

Wauuuu, it’s beautiful.
Love the stone rest in the lid.
A little thing of beauty!
Even it’s not a grease box, I think I can bid you welcome in the GBOC. ;-)
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 06:10 PM

Nice adaptation of the Dovetailed Grease Pot. I too am a fan of Mr. Underhills work.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 06:42 PM

That’s a neat show of innovation. I like it.

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 07:37 PM

This is a very cool solution, favourited!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 08:57 PM

very well done, great adaptation and a “toolbox” is always nice!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 09:37 PM

Lovely box. An instant favorite!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 02:41 AM

I really like it

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 01:56 PM

This looks nice, its going to be very practical and functional for you and provide a safe way to keep out little curious ones.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 02:09 PM

You made great storage box. I wanted to make a grease box but probably would not use it. I like how you incorporated the top to hold the stone. Well done.

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

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 02:45 PM

Very creative adaptation of the grease box design. Great job.

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 03:57 PM

What a great mind you have to come up with this. Nice looking build! That should keep the little fingers safe!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#13 posted 03-28-2014 09:08 PM

I am very enamored with this, nice work.

-- Rick M,

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#14 posted 03-28-2014 09:26 PM

Beautiful tools and tool box to keep the tools safe and sharp.
I love to watch chip carvers!

Many years ago, when I still lived near there, there was an exhibition of chip carvers in Monroe Wisconsin (home to many from the Nordic countries and/or background) and I stood there almost in a trance watching these carvers turn out piece after piece.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#15 posted 03-28-2014 11:05 PM

Thank you all for the kind words. I really get a kick out of seeing something and trying to replicate it with my own twist. Now I just need to sit down and spend some time carving.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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