Coffee ceremony shrine #3: Glue up, box lips, Japanese wood nails & fixing mistakes.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-23-2020 03:44 PM 1081 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Coffee ceremony shrine for a Svea 123r camp stove
Glue up, box lips, Japanese wood nails & fixing mistakes.

So here we are at part three, where I will finish the making of the box / shrine, what ever you choose to call it.
In this part it will be glue up, lips for the boxes, to make them interlock, adding strength to the stand joints, with Japanese wood nails and finally fixing mistakes (yes I make plenty of mistakes – smiles).

This is where we will end today, with the box and stand finished, just finish and surface treatment missing.

Lets get started, here on my messy desk, I can see I needed to swipe the floor – laughs…
Here the boxes are taken apart, glue added to the fingers as well as the lid rabbet.
(In a bigger box, you might want the lid to be able to move in the grain direction).

Once the box are put together again, make sure it’s square and correct if needed, by pushing the corners towards the middle.

Clamping it up, so the fingers will be really tight and the glue strong.

Next one.

The show must go on…
We will stop here, I guess you got it by now.

A little side project, for the stove.

These will come in handy, for cooking.
It’s ash by the way.

Yeps, made to size.

Here is the happy monkey, my gf passed and took a picture of me, as I was concentrated on the glue up of the stand. As youu can see I had a large square, to square it all up, when all the parts were glued together, otherwise the boxes would not fit into the stand.
(Yes I enjoy to sit like that and work, especially here in winter, with a small fire in the stove).

Clamping the stand, while the boxes are inside, so I am absolutely sure they will match up.

Kind of sculptural I think, I do love the Japanese bar clamps.

To make the stand really strong, so it can be used for serious transport, in car and out into the nature, I decided to add Japanese wood nails, through the joints, like this it should last forever.
Here testing on my joint test piece, as you can see the nails and the special drill bit is conical.

Clamping the joint, to make sure the wood don’t crack while drilling.

Rolling the nails in glue, before they are tapped in.

In the center, I made a mistake when I drilled, I drilled in the tenon part instead of the mortise part, so I had to make a extra hole, it might just be a small decorative detail, but it did annoy me, as I work from the less is plenty principal…

Nail ends sawn off.

Then cut flush with a chisel.
I like the look of it, elegant and gives a feel of strength I think.

So now the box lips (or what ever they are called).
I have made some thin strips of wood, these are cut to length of the inside of the boxes and carefully marked.
Marking with individual numbers and what side is ind and up.

Sawing to length.

Here are the pieces.
You can see the marking on the front one.

Now time to sit back and smoke some pipe tobacco, while enjoying, the beauty of tools, shavings and wood.

Back to the Festool jig, making the joints again, I made the lips three fingers wide, so it would fit the system and the jig. This also gives a calmness to the project, that all can be divided into number of fingers.

All I had to do, was clamp them up and set the router for the new thickness of material.
I have a feeling ‘ll use this jig a lot, in the future.

Dry fit lips.

I like it. Smiles.

The other set done.
(This is the lid for the stove box).

Making the small cut out, for when the lid will be used as table top.

The visual sides of the lips are scraped with a card scraper, to give that planed finish.

Gluing and clamping the lips in place.
(You can never have too many clamps).

I decided to close up the small gaps from the lid rabbet, at first I wanted them visual, but they kept disturbing my eyes…
So small pieces are glued in, I don’t try to match the grains, as I like that it is possible to see the construction method.

On the one lid, I must have set the router too deep, so there were a tiny gap at the ends after glue up, so I glued ultra thing wood strips into the gaps and cut those off after, to close the gaps.

Once the glue was dry, the ends cut be cut off.
I use a block of wood as backup, to avoid tear out, as I want the fingers a wee proud.
(Proud means sticking out).

So here we are, after all the glue is dry.

Do you noticed that one of the pieces of wood had a old nail hole in it, this was filled up with a wood nail and flushed. I kind of love these little ‘mistake’ details.

I am really happy with the result, in fact I look forward to use it, but also just to smile when looking at it, once in a while.

The box lid that are used as table, with the fix and the small cut outs.

Here set as table top and ready for a coffee ceremony.

Now all that’s left is deciding on the finish and surface, I am thinking of white lye treatment and then a matt Lacquer… what do you think?

Yes and of course the most important thing is also missing – to take it into use.
Big warm smile here.

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.

6 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 02-23-2020 04:11 PM

Very good looking and functional, Mads!

The lye will definitely show off the pine. If it were mine, I would think about a thin milk-paint in a blue or green under a brown with shellac. And then I would probably go with the lye and lacquer.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 02-23-2020 05:41 PM

Muy bonito, me gusta..

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#3 posted 02-23-2020 06:26 PM

I am the world’s worst finisher so I won’t comment on that but the shrine build is beautiful!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 02-23-2020 11:35 PM


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

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#5 posted 02-24-2020 12:29 AM

Looks great Mads.
When is your book of projects going to be printed? ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 02-29-2020 02:57 PM

Hi guys,
I ended up deciding on a lye with white pigment and gave it this the other day, it has really lighted up the wood, I think in the long run I will be happy for this, since the pine otherwise gets this seventies yellowish brown look to it. I think it will get a matt lacquer on top, so it will not be to fragile in use, especially now I have lighted it… Right now the project has come to a pause, since my lacquers are in my allotment house. Grrrrrrr laugs.
Dave P, Thank you a lot. I think a milk paint could also have been a beautiful solution and it would have taken the patina really well, nice idea.
ramon, thank you mucho.
Lew, Thank with a big smile. Laughs, I have to admit I hate to do the finish part, except for the patina and the lye is also really forgiving, so I don’t look forward to the lacquer part.
Joe, Thank you Joe.
Druid, That is a kind compliment, but there are no plans of this, but who knows… ;-)
Best of my thoughts and a grateful smile,

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

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