what i've been doing #32: Roys Dovetail Grease box

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Blog entry by Dave posted 01-19-2013 12:40 AM 2936 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: Winter is coming so I desided to install a stove. Now I cant wait for the cold! Part 32 of what i've been doing series Part 33: 4 LumberJocks Meet »

I had a snow day and built this little guy. It was a fun day project and I learned a few things to.
Being all out of mutton tallow I filled mine with wax.
It is made from Black Walnut and the dovetail key is Texas Ebony

Did I mention that we got a inch of snow down here in the deep south. Well everything shuts down. But it is pretty.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 12:52 AM

Very nice, Dave! I love walnut.

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#2 posted 01-19-2013 12:53 AM

Hey Dave looks awesome! Was just using my tallow today planeing some pine. I have also used candle wax as well for saws, planes, lathe work, etc. but will say that tallow is the best I found for getting a nice slide action for sawing green timbers or using the plane. Nice job on it, take care!

Here is a link, this stuff is great although small.,43415,43440

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 01-19-2013 12:54 AM

I do to but your hands stay a funny color for days.
Thanks for stopping by Rich

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 01-19-2013 01:05 AM

Nice hand made wax box. Very authentic, nice addition to a hand tool shop. I heard Roy in the background during the video, does he stop by your shop often?
I know what you mean about an inch of snow in Mississippi, or the southern states, spent a year in Georgia when it snowed about a half nice once, had the whole road system to myself without any traffic to get in my way.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 01-19-2013 01:10 AM

Cut with a “japanese” pull saw. Wax on, Wax off. How zen!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-19-2013 01:35 AM

Good job Dave.

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#7 posted 01-19-2013 01:44 AM

Very nice, Dave…

Nothing like putterin around with a lil project when it’s crappy outside…


How do you get the wax in it… melt & pour… spoon & mash?

Is it better to have a wax box instead of using it out of the can?

In the old days, I guess they didn’t cans of wax / tallow from a can… YES?

Couldn’t quite see how all of the top pieces controlled entry to the wax…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 01:56 AM

Sweet. I figured you’d fill it with salve for when you accidentally grabbed one of those red hot irons.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 02:07 AM

Oldtool I just wished ole Roy would stop by. Imagine an hour and a few cups of coffee with him.
Nice. I was wondering if any one would notice.
Folks around here freak when the roads get slushy. The roads dont scar me, they do;)
Thanks for the complements.
Yes grasshopper. The cat is still in the bag.
Thank you Shane. Always
Yes Joe it was a bit cool. (snow) If you notice in the video I start out in a knit hat and coveralls. The fire I built was a bit to good. I wound up in my t-shirt with the doors open..
Spoon and mashed in.
Joe I needed something semi solid to put in it. I thought of boiling some fat but that was a bit to much trouble.
Sorry you couldn’t see the operation of the lid good. I will try to do better.
As always Joe I thank you for your time and friendship.
Thanks fellers!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 01-19-2013 02:09 AM

Don thats a good idea. And yes that hurts when I do that.
You sir are a mess.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 01-19-2013 02:19 AM

Nice work. I’d like to make one of these some day too. Only problem is, it requires a LOT of snow to shut everything down around here lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#12 posted 01-19-2013 02:35 AM

Nice job, but shouldn’t you have been shoveling?
I like the simplicity of the “locking” method. Should last you for many years.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#13 posted 01-19-2013 02:41 AM

Kind words thank you.
Mos living in MN it probably takes a few feet. We are all adjusted to the weather we live in. Down here its hurricanes and tornadoes.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 01-19-2013 02:43 AM

John I own a spade shovel and I dont like it very much. My dad said “son its the only job you will start at the top and work your way down.”
The locking method still had my girls confused for a bit.
I hope it will.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#15 posted 01-19-2013 10:24 AM

Very ncie Dave. I still have to make one of these. Maybe this year. Incidentally, did you know that rendering your own tallow is a pretty easy process? Here’s how you do it:

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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