A Ladylike Grease Box

Since we're nearing Christmas, I decided to port over a few Christmas gifts I had posted elsewhere in years gone by.  This is from 2018 so forgive any references that don't make sense 4 years later 😉

My wife often gets left out of my gift-making because my time is limited, she is selfless and doesn't really need/want anything that I make most of the time. So this year, I've been making it a point to make her little things that I hope she'll like and use for special occasions.

She has a small, hinged lid box that she uses when we travel and fills with earrings and rings for the trip. So, I figured that was something I could replace with something a little nicer and more meaningful. A grease box a' la Roy Underhil was the first thing that came to mind. I made one previously for my buddy Dave and it was a fun build and a great way to use some small offcuts of really nice wood.

My friend EarlS gifted me a box of such offcuts recently so I chose a really gorgeous piece of Walnut to make Steph's box. I won't go into construction or how it works. You can watch the linked video above for that or check out the great blog by LJ Mafe on these boxes.

The key is made from Yellowheart and I used my small laser engraver to personalize it. I decided to flock the interior of the box to make it more delicate and feminine ;-) It was also great fun watching my delicate and feminine wife struggle with how to open it on Christmas Eve😂 Eventually I had to show her before she got a screwdriver…

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions welcome as always!


Nicely done. I’m sure she loves it.
Good that you avoided the dreaded screw driver too. 😅

The early bird gets the worm but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

Those are neat Hokie, and a great tute video to boot... not only that they have a practical use.

 I decided to flock the interior of the box to make it more delicate and feminine ;-) 
I'll forgive you for inferring my box is feminine... or are you referring to me.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

how funny i was just looking at that thread mafe did last night.cool little project.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice Kenny.  I've been thinking about making one for keeping some paste wax in.  Christmas gifts is another great idea.  

--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

I made Dave one and put some paste wax I use for plane soles in it Nathan.  I just use paraffin and terps to make a paste that goes on and adheres but doesn't harden.  I keep meaning to make myself one but years later, my plane wax is still in a mason jar...


how funny i was just looking at that thread mafe did last night.cool little project

The one he has on LJs or one one here?
Nice little gift idea Kenny.

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Neat gift idea!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Sharp looking, I Really like the grain.    Mike 👍
Super! This is new to me looks great and so well done. Good Job.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Such a romantic gesture Kenny, you old softie. I've never made one of those, but I used to have a pencil box like that when I was a kid and always though it was a clever idea. Great job!

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

Thanks Andy!  Every lady loves a good grease box😆
Sweet hunk of wood there.  Sweets for your Sweet.  So you ARE a Romantic, then...

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