Coffee ceremony shrine #1: Using the Festool jointing system VS 600 GE

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-18-2020 11:51 AM 1745 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Coffee ceremony shrine for a Svea 123r camp stove
Using the Festool jointing system VS 600 GE.

Yes you might get upset now, because I’ll start this project by telling a small story of a camp stove, how I got it and restored it – after that, the real woodworking begins and part of this story, is me finally getting the Festool jig into use (I got the luck to get it used for a third of the price), after it has been hanging on my wall unused, for a year or so…

This is what we will end up with, a coffee ceremony shrine for a Svea 123r camp stove.
The idea was just a wooden box for the camp stove, but it grew on me as I worked on it and ended up becoming a bring along kitchen with storage and stand, for comfortable working hight.
(I’ll explain it all as we go, so just sit back and enjoy the ride).

This project came to life by it self, but started about three years back, where I visited my friend Flemming, we sat in his kitchen and had a talk, while talking my eyes wandered around the room and saw a beautiful old brass camp stove on top of a kitchen cabinet, each time I visited him from that day, I sat on the chair and enjoyed looking at it, always thinking that if I ever came across one, I would buy it. Well life have its ways and one day, a couple of months ago, when he came to my workshop for a coffee, he brought me a present and yes it was the camp stove, that I had been admiring in his kitchen for years. He told me it was not working, a few parts were missing and that he would never get it fixed, so he thought I might be the one, who could bring it back to life.
A gift like that, comes with an obligation to do your best, I think- that’s why I ended up making it a coffee ceremony shrine out of recycled materials.

The stove that got it all going.
As you can see, it was in a miserable condition and desperately needed parts and care.
You can see the two new pot rest legs, that I had to make and the missing nozzle.

Everything was taken apart, cleaned up and the washers were changed.

Parts polished, starting to put it back together.

Here we are the Svea 123r camp stove back in it’s former glory.
The original cup was missing, so I bought a GSI cup, that had the right dimension and to my luck it came in a much bigger size than the original, with 750ml it can be used for cooking also, not just for coffee.

Video burner being fired up and making coffee:

Tobacco, whisky and a sketch block, time to find some measures and sketch up ideas for a wooden box, that I can store it in box.

Ok as I said the project grew as I went, as you can see here.
Got an old canister for fuel off E-bay, found one of my small mocca pots, to use with it and finally I was at a flea market where I spotted the small vintage cook set, with pot and pan for 1 dollar.

Here the basic set, where all fits into each other, so it packs down to minimum space.
Notice I made a lid for the GSI cup, from a tobacco tin lid.

The 123r goes into the big pot, on top of the lid.

GSI cup are put in.

Finally the pan closes it up.
Now that’s what I call vintage camping, can’t wait to bring it out into nature.

Now time for some woodworking!
First I planned some old floorboards on my Dewalt 733 thicknesser, I went all the way down to 6mm, so the box could become light and elegant. Then they were cut to length, at this point I decided for a new design, where the boxes would get a lipped lid, instead of the sliding lid I had first sketched.
(The floorboards were trashed from the house where my workshop is, so local recycle).

So here it is the Festool jig.
As you can see I have loaded the wood and are ready to route the fingers, all four sides can be made in one setup as long as they are no longer, than half the jig width.

It’s really a clever piece of gear, I got it used from the internet for 1/3 of the sales price (two handles were missing), including a template for drawer side dovetails and then I spend the bucks, on 6mm and 10mm finger / box templates as well as the fitting spiral cutters, so I get crisp cuts. I even got a Festool countertop template in the deal, this I sold for half of what I paid in total, so all in all I made a really good deal.

Here you see it open, backing board are set on top to prevent blow out on the back (MDF here), the wood pieces are made two and two and mounted flush with the top of backing board, offset with the finger size by the set screw, template lowered and router set to zero on top of board ends, routing deepness set on the router and you are ready to go.

Done routing.
Nice crisp fingers – I’m happy as can be.

When you have routed both sides, you flip the pieces and then rout other end of boards.

Video box joint jig in use, making a full set:

Now time for some groove, not the funky one, but for the top and bottom to be mounted in.
I decide to put it one finger up, as the wood thickness is 6mm, just as the board thickness.
So first pass is just half the board thickness and at the start of second finger.

Always use a test piece, to adjust the cuts.
Here finding the exact spot, for the second cut, to fit board width.

Yes, I’m happy with this.

We got a box!
My ohhhhh, that is soooo cool, I have a big happy smile on my lips.

Here we are a box for my camp stove.
Also made a box for accessories.
Now I just have to figure out a way, to hold it together and be able to transport it… Spend two days making up drawings and ideas for this issue, cords, straps, hinges and much more, nothing could really make me convinced…

Then I got an idea, why not make a transport thing, that also doubles as a stand…
Here the sketch of the idea.

Next up was to try it out.
Now some old down hung celling boards, again trash from the streets of Copenhagen, wonderful straight and strong wood.
Cut some strips of it, on the table saw.
Then hand planed them, to where I found the thickness just perfect.

6+6+6=18mm ahh I can use the jig for making the bridle joints!
Just load it in the jig.


And we got a bridle joint!

Notice I made a dust screen for the router, as I got tired of dust in my face.

Flips up and down.

Other half of the bridle joint.

Well, that looks crisp in my book and I have no doubt this is where I go from here.
Now just some more details, sketching, glue up and finish.

See you soon!

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps a small box for something you want to show gratitude.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 02-18-2020 03:01 PM

Fantastic project and great story. That old stove is very cool. I’m sure your friend is happy with your restoration and the ceremony stand. The Festool jig looks very similar to my Leigh D4R. I have the dust extraction attachment for routing that works quite well. I’m assuming Festool makes something similar.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 02-18-2020 03:11 PM

Great story, nice build, very nice dovetail jig.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-18-2020 03:46 PM

Thanks, Mads, for taking us along on this cool build and giving us the story behind it!

What an awesome way to make bridle joints!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-18-2020 04:02 PM

Great blog…interesting with good pictures…thx

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 02-18-2020 09:59 PM

What a great, COOL, lil Camp Stove!

You gave it a wonderful 2nd life… 3rd life++ ??

You have done a fantastic job of restoration!

You have done a COOL job of making the great cabinet work for it as well!

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

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#6 posted 02-21-2020 03:11 PM

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

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#7 posted 02-21-2020 04:30 PM

Your photos of the SVEA stove caught my eye, and led me to your interesting story. During my mountaineering days I had several Svea stoves, and found them to be simple & reliable. Our coffee ceremonies were much simpler. A still have a cookset that includes a windscreen fitted to the stove.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#8 posted 02-23-2020 07:32 PM

Hi LJ’s,
Thank you for all the comments.
Foghorn, Yes I think the Leigh D4R are same story, there exist a dust thing for the Festool also, it was just so expensive I felt it was foolish, also not a lot coming out when vac is on, just in wrong direction… ha ha. So e piece of plexi was the way. Thank you happy you liked it.
Bobsboxes, big smile here thanks.
lew, It will not be the last joints on that jig, it’s crazy easy. Smiles.
Redoak49, thank you a lot.
Joe Lyddon, yes I hope it will get a long life after this, it is brought back to glory I think. Big warm smile thanks.
Phil32, pls post picture of your stove and wind screen. Thank you for the kind words.
Best of my thoughts,

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

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#9 posted 03-03-2020 02:44 AM

Another great photo essay. Thank you.

-- Galootish log blog,

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