LJ friends and gifts. #13: Jamies tool cabinet - a happy monkey in Jamies work shop

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-08-2013 09:04 PM 5002 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Jamies tool cabinet
a happy monkey in Jamies work shop.

As some of you read I spend ten wonderful days in Scotland.
Ten days that filled my heart, opened my mind and gave me a deep inner peace.
Yes I was with Buddhists, but no, I was not sitting on top of a mountain in Lotus.
I was with the most wonderful people, especially Jamie and Shirley who had opened their doors for me.
I was meditating and even listening to Zen sounds and smell of heaven.
The meditation was done in the morning after breakfast on a stool outside and the rest of the time inside the workshop, playing with wood and tools.
Jamie challenged to meditate in three phases, first sending love to someone I loved, this was easy, then some one I just barely knew who was, this was a wee bit more difficult and finally send love to some one I really did not like, this was a challenge, but I succeeded and it felt wonderful after, I challenge each and every one to try this.
The sound came from a IPod playing mantras and the tools working with wood.
The smell from incense and freshly cut wood.
I enjoyed my time so much, that Jamie my host gave me the name ‘the happy monkey’ when I was in the shop.

So here we are in Jamies work shop.
Or actually one of them, he also have, sanding shop, spray shop, meditation room, wood storage shop, rough cut shop and office.
Jamie is making and selling meditation supplies, this is why you see pre cut parts all over the place.
But he also have a corner where he can be creative, or should have…

Over here.
A workbench that suits his wheel chair height and a cabinet.
I think it was supposed to be a tool cabinet, lol.

I asked Jamie if I was allowed to use some old plywood and he said that I could use what ever wood I wanted.
I still insisted, that I liked the recycle idea but also found some pine planks.

Need a wee bit of love here.
So I started by finding all the planes and tools that I thought could need a home here.
Jamie was leaving it all up to me, I even asked if he had some preferences and he said; ‘you do what you want mads’.

So I tried to put Geppetto away and be Pinocchio for a while.
Otherwise I would never get through the piles that Jamie had accumulated here.
And honestly I enjoyed every moment.
First I fitted all the drawers so I could make order.

Easy part was this door, Jamie had made some holders for his squares and other stuff and helped me out here.
All I really needed was to ad the god karma Shiva and a little order.
I love that fine old hammer, look at all the use, this is beauty.

Backside of the door gave room for a fine old square, a scraper plane and a router plane, UK and some beautiful mountains.

Inside I made a plane till for Jamies Stanley type planes and the shelf under for block planes, bullnose planes and other stuff. Here I used the recycle plywood.

The centre needed some shelf’s and I was lucky to find some pine wood with patina, so it look as if had been there always.
Here I wanted to put Jamies family planes.
I especially love the mini coffin plane, the old days block plane.
The Spiers smoother from Jamies father and the jointer, those are so beautiful.
Also I put his grease box here, I think that is a important partner to the planes.
The yellow duck on top have a funny story Jamie might tell you…

This side was also made by Jamie, so I just had to find the last saw and hang it.
And make the shelf for cutting tools.

The inside of the door is for mixed tools.
Notice the shape of the drawknife.
Inside I hang a few hand braces.

Here we are, please notice that the table is now all clear.

The shaves came from me testing my beautiful new smoother.
Thank you again Jamie, I feel we are not only brothers by heart now, but also by plane.

Jamie told me his chisels had a tendency to get wings and fly away, so I decided to solve this.
To make him a little tool tote where he could keep his personal tools and he could bring easy with him on the wheel chair.

A little fresh wood turning also.
This for the handle.

The tote was fitted inside the cabinet, and made so it could hold his chisels for easy access.

Here we are!
Braces and tote.
Notice the brass nails and British flag.

Here we are the full space in order, ready for Jamie to go for it.
I also put all his wonderful things on top for some good karma.
On the wall to the right, there is a Danish frame saw hanging, it was a gift I brought him when I arrived, thought he should have something Danish in the shop.

Jamie gave me the best compliment I could wish for.
He said it was a really inspire ring place to be now.

And he started right away, look at the big lump of wood on the table, it is a music instrument he started building.
To the right is a challenge from me, but this will come in a later blog.

The tote.

I also cleaned up before leaving so there would be space for the wheel chair.

Jamie had to get to the hospital before I left, so I did not get the chance to see his face when it was all done, but I think it is not so bad, what I left here.

I also sharpened your fathers plane, so now you can make some shaves, it is just waiting for you.

Goodbye and thank you for a wonderful stay Jamie.
I’ll be back!

Hope this blog can bring some smiles, at least on most important one on Jamies face.

Best of my thoughts from my heart,

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

23 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 09:32 PM

You’re having too much fun Mads. I’m worried you will not be able to take much more. Better slow it down ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 10:01 PM

wonderful, wonderful mads, so glad to see brothers of the wood, and brothers of the plane get together and share such a wonderful time together…i know it was a spiritual healing for you both, i know anytime another woodworkers comes , it lifts my spirit…you did such a wonderful job in getting his shop spruced up a wee bit…i hope jamie is ok…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 10:12 PM

What a fun place to hang out. Fun and productive.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 10:45 PM

Repaying one kindness with another is the most satisfying of exchanges.

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

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Don W

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 10:55 PM

as always Mads, and enjoyable trip through the blog.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 11:25 PM

That was an awesome tote you made for him. His shop overshadows the tools at Woodcraft!!!!!!!!!!!

What fun you have had!! You deserve it, my friend!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 12:03 AM

I could read your stories all day Mads, you make me feel as if I am right beside you.
Fabulous photos, & I too still have my old Eastwing hammer you have so proudly on display.
I can tell you had a wonderful time & stay with Jamie
Safe journey home friend :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Kaleb the Swede

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 12:37 AM

Mads your blogs are always so inspiring and uplifting at the same time. Please keep it up. They are a real joy to read

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 09:51 AM

Loved this blog Mads. You did a great job on that cabinet. I’m sure Jaime must be really pleased with it. At the same time I think it was wonderful of him to let you loose in his shop to do whatever you wanted to do. When you mentioned about sending love to people you didn’t like I wondered if that person was Chris Schwarz since you said that one was the most difficult, LOL! I liked your little tool holders and I may even copy some of them. So thanks for that too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 11:58 AM

Those planes, oooh aaaah.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 12:52 PM

Hi Guys,
Stefang, LOL, no I could walk hand in hand with Mr. Schwarz and smile, he is all forgotten and forgiven. I don’t have a lot of people I don’t like, so it was almost as difficult to find one. A x girlfriend that put my daughter and I on the street, had to receive my love. Thank you for your kind words Mike.
Kaleb, Smiles here, thank you.
Pete, I have a dream to write some books, but feel I don’t have the talent to write, perhaps I should soon learn to listen to you guys… and go for it.
I have the Picard roofing hammer, love the design of this and it is an amazing user for carpenters work.

Jim, Jamies shop is a special place yes, especially because of the spirit he puts there.
Don, so happy to have you on the trip.
Lew, brotherhood.
Wayne, peaceful and loving.
Grizz, spiritual healing was just what it was and meeting Jamie was just like coming home for me.
Tope, I need a long winter to cool down, had the most amazing summer, all the memories will stay in my heart.
Stay cool.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 09-09-2013 01:55 PM

Fantastic! Who knew that for a couple of pieces of old plywood and some meditation time, you could get Mads to come and clean up your shop?! I just cleaned my up yesterday so I could get back to work in there or else you might have found yourself in the U. S. of A. Great story, start the book.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#13 posted 09-09-2013 02:02 PM

Wonderful story of a visit between two great people with a shared love of tools and wood. You do have a
special view on life and can express it in a way we appreciate. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 09-09-2013 02:15 PM

What a great time! Love to hear about your adventures Mads.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 09:08 AM

Wonderful trip! In every way.
I also would’ve been named happy monkey. :-)

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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