Gifts for mothers 40 years birthday (pen cup, and frame)

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Project by mafe posted 08-18-2010 01:14 AM 3844 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gifts for mothers 40 years birthday
My daughter Mathilde asked me if we could make some personal gifts for her mothers birthday (my x-wife), and ofcourse I was more than happy to share some time with her on this project.

First picture are my beloved Mathilde showing the presents (need I say proud?).
The frame was cut from some scrap pine, we cut some spurs for beauty, and made a spur in the inside, to fit the picture inside, so when the frame was made, the picture was fastened in the frame.
Cut it in 45 for miter joints, and glued it up, tighned it with a cheap car strap, this works for me, but I have to make some corners.
The pen cup are simply cut to 45 for the miter joints, and glued together, hold only by paint tape. Bottom are mounted in a spur, so no glue needed.
Frame was panted with a transperent white, so the wood are still visible.

- ohhh yes and she painted the flower herself (need I say proud daddy to?).

On the last picture you see the frame parts, that she has painted.
They are resting on a cheap Ikea dish holder, that I use for paintjobs, because it have pointed ends, and it’s colapsable, and therefore, allmost allways fits the job.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps alo to bring the kids to the workshop


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

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 01:19 AM

very cool Mad,

looks like the both of you had lots of fun on this one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 01:58 AM

Mads, that is really neat to have her work with you in the shop. Nice project!
I have had my grandaughter in the shop today to to make a bandsaw box. We glued up the pieces and I should have it done in a week or so when she can come back to do some of the cutting.

Your daughter has such a sweet smile. You must be real proud of her!!!!!!!!!

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

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 02:37 AM

Looks like some great time spent in the shop. Both turned out very nice. She is a good painter.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 03:09 AM

Well she sure is on her way to becoming familiar in the workshop, If not just to be able to mount and frame her very own paintings. This flower is lovely and I am sure her mother will appreciate it even more because Mathilde has made everything herself!
Bit of useless information – my middle name is also Mathilde, after my Austrian grandmother.

-- Theresa,

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 03:43 AM

She has obviously inherited her father’s talent!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 03:53 AM

That looks great, looks like Mathilde is right on her way to becoming a great woodworker and has a great dad to show her the way!

-- Greg P, Washington State,

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Mark Miller

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 04:01 AM

Mathilde great work your Mom will be very pleased and your Dad is pleased to spend time with you!


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#8 posted 08-18-2010 04:48 AM

Get the kids involved at all costs

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 08-18-2010 07:03 AM

The smile says it all ! Nice job Mathilde ( and Dad ). The gifts turned out wonderful !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 08-18-2010 10:10 AM

Godt gået Matilde, ikke ilde, ikke ilde :—)

great to see Mads
she will deffently take over the shop before you know it , one way or another ….LOL

I like the use of the ikea thing (will be remembered)
what/where did you get those pushclamps Matilde use in picture 5. they look interressting

niiiiiiice car you have in the basement

take care both of you

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#11 posted 08-18-2010 10:48 AM

Very cool, you must of had such a great time! Spending time with your little girl had to be great! She looks very happy! Nice job, and glad you had a great time helping her or was she helping you :>)

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 08-18-2010 12:43 PM

Nothing better than working with the kids in the shop Mads. Mathilde looks justifiably proud and happy with her picture and pencil box gifts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Mary Anne

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#13 posted 08-18-2010 03:03 PM

You both have every reason to be very proud. What a smile she has; I’ll bet you have one just as big and happy to match. This time you spend with her now will be a gift she will treasure her whole life.

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#14 posted 08-18-2010 05:36 PM

Your daughter is beautiful and vibrant. The painted flower is well past my abilities, and it is apparent that she is having so much fun. Her mom will love the gifts!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 08-18-2010 08:03 PM

Hi everyone,
We are so happy for all your comments, thank you.
Mathildes mother was really happy for the gifts, so we was real happy to.
Best thoughts, and two really big smiles,
Mathilde & Mads

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

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