Friendship shrine #3: Status, details and gluing.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-10-2021 01:15 PM 723 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Friendship shrine
Status, details and gluing.

This is part three of the blog, for more info read first part intro.

In this part, we will first take a look at how the box parts ended becoming and some thoughts about where it’s going. Then work on a few details in my allotment and finally go to some glue up and assembly.

Shrine closed up.
I want it to be a Pandora’s box, a surprise, so I’ll find a way to open the lid with no handle or pull, but as simple as possible.

Once open there’s a shelf to put stuff and a box in box that can hold stuff, have to find a way to get the box out.

It just happened… lol.

Under the hood, we have the three drawer, two small in front and the hidden drawer behind.
The hidden drawer needs to be held firmly, so it will not expose it self and the divider, will be the handle.

The two small drawers have been bothering me, originally I thought a small leather flap or turned drawer pulls, but I think it will ruin the beautiful pattern on the fronts and take away the simplicity…
We will get back to that.

Hidden drawer / divider alone.

Pulled out.


Here a small video showing it.
Sometimes visualization can help us get new thoughts.

Sharing a beer with my really old girlfriend in the allotment, while making first glue ups and little details.
It was early spring and really cold at night in my little red house.

Here is my allotment house a months ago, where I just finished putting ind 100 years old restored windows, I restored during winter and painting the facade after making the new parts in that. Really loved how it lifted the house, I have been here all summer, so it’s why I’m not around, all my hours go into restoring this old house.

Latest addition is an observatory / look out / hang out tower on the roof, took me a month to complete, but was great fun. Now I hope to come out in the kayak again and even in the hammock in the forest.

Well back to the shrine.
First glue up is the shelf an d it’s front.

My workshop bench in the allotment, kind of like the little workshop I made there too.
Think it will be nice, to make a blog about that place, the windows and the tower…

Here we have the back of the hidden drawer.
I decided to use rare earth magnets, to hold it firmly in place, so it will not expose it self.

First a wood center drill, then a metal and finally one, where I took off the point, to make a flat bottom, as the magnets are quite thick.

The back of the shrine.

Now we solve the mystery about how I will open the small drawer.
I glue a rare earth magnet, to the back of each drawer front…
More follows.

Ready for glue.

Ready for glue.

Epoxy for the magnets.

You can see the old window in the back, the two on the side are two of the 100 years old windows, that are being restored, here just needing the inside paint.
Also that it was early spring, but quite nice to hang out in the conservatory during the day.
The inside night temperature were down to -3°C / 26°F, so happy I have a good sleeping bag.
The house has no heating besides a gas bottle heater, that I turn of at night.

Time to clean up…

Back in the workshop, glue up of drawers.
I love those Japanese clamps.
And cookies… If you can find them…

Just another day at the office, life as retired ain’t all bad.

Almost a sculpture.

Drawer fronts on small drawer held in place with cord, as the wood is fragile and I don’t want to risk leaving marks.

Nothing happened.

Box in box all glued up, I went for a curved bottom handle to lid it out of the shrine, tried four or five shapes, but this one felt right.
Also tried more wood from other LJ’s but it became to much, so I went for simple.

Closing up the rabbet ends.

Same wood, same direction.

After sawing it’s still visible, but later when they are planed, it will blend in.

Divider and front piece are glued in place.

You might be able to see I made two small wedges, that I put into the finger, that comes from the divider into the hidden drawer, like this the joint, will never come apart.

Ohhh her they are.

Time to start the bamboo nail part.
I like these nails on Japanese inspired projects they add strength and beauty.

Kind of like the strong contrast here, had my doubt.

Hmmmmm they can’t look like this.
Also the box is made too big from the beginning, I want a good fit, where it comes out easy, no slack and no piston, the piston is just for show off, in reality it’s hell if the moisture change a little in the air.

Had to make some thinner nails out of bamboo skewers here.
This will give plenty of strength to the small drawers.

Again fine contrast.

Same for the ends.

Finally gluing up the shrine.
Feeling almost a wee nervous – did I forget something…

Could be a fine little cabinet.

Can’t have too many clamps.

The machine made fingers are almost too perfect, but I think it will be fine, once it flush and oiled up.

Wood nail time.
Drilling the holes.

Adding nails with white glue.

Sawing a little over flush.

To get the right position for the shelf, the drawers are put in.

Then a piece of paper on top.

Drawer can be glued and wood nailed in place.
Also a back stop for the lid, I came up with a simple solution, to both open the lid with no hardware and kepp the lid standing in the right position, once open.

Like this!
This means that the lid can rest on the stop in that end, when the shrine is closed and once closed, you just push down at the end, at opens up really easy.

Nailed it!

This is where we stop for today, see you soon again, thanks for all the lovely comments on the two last posts, they really warmed my heart and put bobbles in my mind.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or at least some joy.

Best thoughts,


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

14 comments so far

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7168 posts in 4393 days

#1 posted 08-10-2021 01:21 PM

Good to see you still making beautiful things Mads.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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13425 posts in 4997 days

#2 posted 08-10-2021 01:49 PM

A wonderful journey watching you create this beautiful shrine.

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

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10700 posts in 3285 days

#3 posted 08-10-2021 02:52 PM

Following along is like watching a little boy enjoying all his toys. It looks great. Time for a cold one and a good smoke.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-10-2021 08:36 PM

lookin real good mads love all the liken those japanese clamps too,perfect for small stuff like your doing.where did you get those from?

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

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#5 posted 08-10-2021 09:18 PM

Realy coming together, good to see

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 08-10-2021 10:30 PM

There is some real nice wood in that shrine, buddy!

Nice work on it…..........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-11-2021 01:47 AM

Such good story telling – and woodworking too!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 08-11-2021 01:52 AM

Such great intricate and thoughtful work. Lovin all the photos.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 08-11-2021 02:13 AM

It’s a beautiful little shrine, my friend, and the allotment is looking dejlig! I wish I could come visit for a month or so.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 08-11-2021 02:21 AM

Wonderful blog and video to an interesting perspective.
Great work and its nice to see someone’s ideas, work and results.
Keep living the life.

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#11 posted 08-11-2021 07:41 PM

Beautiful piece Mads. Made with skill and appreciation and your usual flair for design. I’m really enjoying this blog series.

-- 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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#12 posted 08-12-2021 01:10 AM

This blog is such a joy Mads, it warms my heart.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#13 posted 08-21-2021 07:23 AM

Hi guys,
Time seems to get wings these days.
On my way to Sweden now for best friends wedding, but want to thank you all, I have been so touched reading the comments and re-feeling all the thoughts I had making the shrine, as I wrote the blog post.
I’ll be back once I’m back from Sweden, to comment you all.
Best of my thoughts and a big smile with a happy tear of joy, thank you guys, for making that happen,

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

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#14 posted 08-26-2021 01:30 PM

Hi there,
Back from a friends wedding and some days sleeping in the Swedish woods.
Both were wonderful and just what I needed.

Mauricio, Thank you, I’m not as much in the workshop, as I would like. Life is simply to busy and in the best way.

Lew, Smiles der Lew, good to have you along.
doubleDD, That’s exactly how I feel when working wood, I get this feeling of being a boy, lost in time, no future, no past, just the moment.

Pottz, Yes these little brass clamps are so sexy, I get happy using them, they add beauty to the process. I got them from Fine-tools but found them on E-bay also. Thank you.

Kærlighedsbamsen, Smiler Ty tak, dejligt når du viser flaget her.

Jim J, Yes I’m a really lucky man, hoping that I get to return my gratitude here. Thanks Cheers.

sras, Life can be put into things, by telling a good story, the real exam comes, when people see it, without a story. Once I’m gone, time will tell. Smiles thank you.

swirt, I were nervous when making it and even got lost in the project, for that same reason. I were afraid it became complicated, what I wanted were a simple shrine. I feel that the end result is easy to read and the intricate became invisible, so am slowly becoming it’s friend. Thanks.

Dave P, That would be lovely, to have you visit my little allotment. Thank you for the kind words.

MrWolfe, I am really bad, at anything else than living the life, had a few depressions and even there I live it… Smiles. Thank you for enjoying my story, I love to share life as I see it and I also enjoy watching how others do things.

Brit, Thanks Andy, I feel that this project was one of those, where all the skills I learned, since joining LJ ten years ago, came into play. I felt that I did something I knew about, used learned skills, where I most of the time explore. That gave more energy to focus on the project, what was needed, as a mix of wood quickly can become a eye chaos. So it was great fun at the end. Still look forward to see you again. Thanks.

icemanhank, So happy to hear that, even I know your heart is so warm already. Hug to you.

Best of my thoughts,

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

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