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Hello LJ, here we have a LJ inspired project by Mafe, which caught my eye for my hand tool collection. I visited a local bee keeper and bought a one lb. block of bee's wax. I used a double boiler to melt the bee's wax down and add about the same volume of mineral oil, blended the two together and poured into the grease box and let cool , wallah a buttery mixture waiting to maintenance a growing hand tool collection. This is a nice little project and I plan on building two more but a slight bit smaller for my collection which are spread out around my home. Thank Mafe for posting this timeless maintenance gem, and as alway LJ thanks for viewing….BC

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Cool. That is gal dang pretty.
I just want to pick it up and hold it.

Steve
 

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Looks great BC!

Let me ask you this though - what sort of maintenance for hand tools would you use this for? when I think of hand tools, and sawdust in the air, I sort of think that I would not want to introduce wax/grease into the picture. Am I missing anything?
 

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Wow that came out looking really nice.
 

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PurpLev, when high humidity is present and the constant contact with hand oil on plane body make for a breeding grown for rust to form. After each use it recommended to use some sort of barrier this light coat will help prevent this from occurring. Lie Nielsen recommends this as well light coating of Camellia oil or tallow will serve the purpose. I like this version because it also add to reduce friction while using hand planes. With this said I know that it will attract sawdust to stick to the mechanical parts of the tool as well. So you have to disassemble from time to time to brush off which is a lot easier than rust removal. Tallow form have been used with hand tool since the beginning, adding the dark black patina to the body which is why so many have been preserved. I hope this explain the use of the grease box ….BC
 

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gracias senior! I guess I've been doing the same with T9 from time to time, and wiping the planes after use. Thanks for the explanation, bees wax and mineral oil sounds a bit greener and friendlier.
 

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BC,
Thats really beautiful, I get also such a feeling that I want to hold it in my hand, just to feel how it's smooth - and with the years it's just going to be more beautiful. Love it!
How did you make the hinge?
I'm so happy that it could bring some inspiration, and thank you for your nice words.
Best of thoughts,
Mads
 

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Ohhh yes and when I look at you profile picture closely, I think perhaps you need more than bees wax…
;-) smiles.
 

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This is very beautiful, so smooth looking and the colors are great. I am wondering what tool you put that bit into?
 

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Mafe, the plane in my profile was a barn find in my mother in laws farm. She tell me it was her fathers tools which laded in the elements for over 30 years. I clean it up and replace the handle and blade, one side had major pitting a sad shame because it a Bedrock style plane. Also the hinge it just a brass 1/8" rod drill into the body, a very inexpensive solution. I'm in the process of make a few more some smaller and one more the same as above, thanks for the inspiration BC
 

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That is really pretty. But I have to ask… What in the world is a grease box and why would someone want one?
 

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The finish and design is sleek and beautiful! I love looking at it and I agree - I just want to hold it in my hand to feel the smoothness. What a nice way to remind you to maintain your hand tools!

Beautiful box! Sheila
 

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Jordan, both a hand drill and drill press. It make a remarkable flat bottom and circular dia. hole.

Kerux, a grease box is used for multiple purposes , slicking up the sole of wooden and metal hand plane, used as surface barrier against rust by simply whipping on the body of a chisel or hand tools, making screws easier to drive into wood. Back in the day before power tool carpenters carried these grease box with them for the purposes I just described. It has been written that one of the major reason old hand tool survived over the years was because of the care they received by whipping them down after a day of uses, preserving them from the elements and rust corrosion. You can probably say a grease box is like a can of WD-40 with out the pollutants a green friendly product, made from a variety of blends from bear fat, lard, mineral oil, bee's wax and others. Hope this explain the what and what for…BC
 

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Awfully nice for a grease box to be thrown into the tool box ;-))
 

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You win the prize for the most beautiful greasebox so far! I think Mafe, the president of the LJ GBOC will agree.
Welcome to the club!
Oh, GBOC = Grease Box Owners Club.
I am lucky enough to be one of the founder members!
 

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A Beaut. Nice looking box. I bought about 6 ils of Beeswax so I guess I'll need to make up a few of these.
 

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That is a beauty. I use tung oil and boiled linseed with bees wax for my finishing wax.
 

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Next on: bandsaw grease boxes? :p
 

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Div what is the secret "Hi sign" for this club? A finger dip in water to show that the finger is waterproof? ;)
 

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Hmmm… I will have to schedule a secret meeting with president Mafe to discuss this. Still establishing club rituals and membership is quite small. You gonna join?
 
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