Dovetail Grease Box

There was a bit of snow way down here in the south. It shut down everything. So living with my wife and three teenage girls, I was not staying couped up in the house. I went to the shop and built a toasty fire. I took my ipad for entertainment. Then starting watching Roy Underhills Woodwright Shop. Well that gave me a great idea for a short project. His mutton tallow grease box.

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic


There is a big mistake with mine. I have this posted in a few places on the interweb. I will let the cat out of the bag when someone finds it.

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic

My version of a Underhill Classic


I filled mine with wax. I am fresh out of mutton tallow. It was fun and I learned a few things as well. You know I had to make a video.

Thanks 😉
Forge update. I have a large 3 foot square by 1/4 inch steel table now. Plus two good 110 volt blowers. I am getting a bit closer to a REAL FORGE!!!!
EDIT
I believe Ted got the answer.
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Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

27 Responses to Dovetail Grease Box

  1. Jinjinkas says:

    I finally remember where I saw this box before as a trick opening matchbox in
    “Puzzles Old And New by Professor Hoffmann 1893 edition”
    here are a couple links to pictures explaining the box
    https://www.archive.org/stream/puzzlesoldnew00hoff?ref=ol#page/36/mode/2up
    https://www.archive.org/stream/puzzlesoldnew00hoff?ref=ol#page/62/mode/2up

  2. Ted Weddell says:

    Whaaa??? I was pretty sure you didn’t undercut it, but I never imagined you OVERcut it. Yeah… that is a biggie. 🙂

    I think I have everything I need here in the shop (most of my tools are at work), so just might whip one together myself. It’ll be a good reminder to start keeping my tools waxed. Thanks for posting this project.

  3. Boxcarmarty says:

    The mistake is you cut thru the dovetail lid when you resawed the locking lid…..

  4. roger says:

    Nice. Kudos for all the hand work.

  5. Ted Weddell says:

    Okay, I noticed your outer lid hits a little hard when swinging it open, because you cut the same 6 in 1 angle as Roy but your box is bigger, so you should have had more angle… maybe like 8 in 1. I did catch that but didn’t think much of it.

    Other thing is it appears you didn’t backcut, or undercut, that same cut, like Roy did. Is that it? I guess that could be a big deal if the lid were to get pulled upward… something Jeff or Randy might do.

    Hmmm… can’t think of anything else, and I think Safety Cat’s lips are starting to turn blue. If neither of those are it, you should probably poke some breathing holes in that bag.

    Yeah, I think it’s the second one… you didn’t undercut to keep the outer lid from lifting up.

  6. Ted Weddell says:

    You scribed all the way around for both lids when you should have stopped at the dovetail side for the top lid. Now let safety cat out of the bag before he suffocates. :p

    Oh, and nice box by the way. Simple enough, I think even I can make one.

    • David Bardin says:

      Nope. That wasn’t it. Roy didn’t scribe all the way around his. My mistake is a lu lu.
      Safety is gettin hungry.
      Give it a whirl Ted it is great fun. I am sure you will enjoy it. Thanks for looking.
      Keep trying you will find it.

  7. DIYaholic says:

    Dave said: “There is a big mistake with mine. I have this posted in a few places on the interweb. I will let the cat out of the bag when someone finds it.”

  8. david looks great as always. you know a mistake gives your work character and in a hundred years it will be worth hundreds of thousands lol

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you George. It might but this is like lacing your shoes with the tongue on the outside of the shoestrings.
      I tell you what you grandkids can split it.
      Thanks for coming by Geo

  9. JL7 says:

    Dave – I’ve seen the Roy show a few times on the grease pot, and I need to check the DVR if I still have it…..always wanted to build one, the joinery is so cool…….yours turned out great and I can’t see the flaw on this first pass……but may have to dig into this further…. 🙂

    I’m really glad you got the snow…….you have the added benefit of getting the day(s) ? off……..up here in the north land – it would take 4 feet of snow to call it off………good for you!

    • David Bardin says:

      Keep looking its there. It is like when I did my dovetail demo and put the witness marks backwards. I have wanted to build this for a long time as well Jeff. But never could get the parts together when the opportunity arose. It has to be one piece of wood. IMO.
      I was telling my kids that you guys have to get hit hard to shut down. They actually broke out snow plows. I have never seen the state of Mississippi use snow plows.
      I will have to pay the day back. I will loose a holiday.
      Oh well I had fun.
      You the man.

  10. David Bardin says:

    What cat in what bag?
    Did I miss something?

  11. DIYaholic says:

    Oh yeah, I almost forgot to ask!
    Why is Safety Cat in the bag? A sealed plastic bag with a cat, ain’t to safe, for the cat!!! Then again, as a galoot, you only use paper bags, so maybe nothing to worry about.

  12. DIYaholic says:

    Looked like a good day was had, during the Great Mississippi Blizzard of ’13!!!

    Did the fostner bit start out a bit off of 90 degrees, or off center? That’s all that (I think) I noticed.

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