Grandfathers day we decided today (a cross for the graves) kerfmaker

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Grandfathers day we decided today
A cross for the graves using the kerfmaker

The other day my daughter and I bought some of those little grave candles with a metal top, and agreed that we would go together to visit the graves of our grandfathers on mothers side (her mother’s father and my mother’s father).
And since I was so full of smiles today because of a gift from South Africa, I decided it was the perfect day to share this ocean of happiness.

Just before leaving the house, I decided to take a quick tour in the workshop, app. 20 minutes…
That was the time it took to make the two little crosses, including cutting, doweling, glue up and oiling.
The kerfmaker are so brilliant! Make one or buy one now, what else can I say! I thoughts I would not even be able to make some tight fit joints like that, and now in less than 5 minutes! The wood comes from a old wooden summer parasol I found one day in the street.

So out the door, pick up my wonderful daughter, and we went to the graveyard where they are both resting and put our lights and crosses – while we stood by each of their graves we spend a moment in silence, and then called the grandmothers and told them we were thinking of their late husbands and them, and that we lit a candle a put the cross. It was a very sweet moment between generations that I will carry in my heart from now and to share this with my daughter – yes I smile!

The picture of my daughter is on her grandfather’s grave, and me on my grandfather’s grave.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-05-2010 12:40 AM

Nice moments with sons and grandparents.

Will remain whole life.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#2 posted 10-05-2010 12:43 AM

What a wonderful sentiment for a painful reason.

It’s great when we can connect such personal things as our woodworking to such profound losses. It also affords us a little time (in your case, VERY little time !) to reflect … on those we lost.

May he RIP….

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 10-05-2010 01:38 AM

Nice moments and feelings to share between a father and a daughter.

And of course, these meanfull projects raise inspiration, as usual. Thanks. And since we still have two feet on earth, let’s make more jigs!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 04:55 AM

adorable daughter wonderful tribute making crosses and time spent in remembering your love ones It’s all good thanks for sharing these tender moments.


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#5 posted 10-05-2010 05:46 AM

MaFe you have a beautiful daughter. I am glad you had this time to make a memory.

-- -Willing to try

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 10:09 AM

That is such a nice tradition that sadly we do not share in Australia.
Such a nice way to remember those before us -together with children, it really makes you appreciate what you have in the here and now!

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 10:18 AM

sweet story :)
nice to spend such quality time with the ones you love.

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#8 posted 10-05-2010 11:27 AM

It seems that every project has a story and every story adds meaning and value to the project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 11:27 AM

Mads, what a wonderful way to spend time with your daughter and remember your grandfathers at the same time. These are the kinds of things that will always live with us in our memories.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 10-05-2010 11:46 AM

A memory that will last a lifetime, between Father and Daughter…
May you always keep smiling, my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 10-07-2010 01:40 PM

Wonderful Mads

I like the Heather. :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 10-07-2010 02:14 PM

Thank you all for the kind words, this touches me a lot, so I’m short on words.
Best thoughts,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 10-23-2012 01:41 PM

Hi Mads. I just saw this one. Nice cross for grandfathers day! I use my kerfmaker for making crosses too. I just made a third one that I have to post.

That is a great photo of happy and smiling!! Great time together to remember lost relatives!

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

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#14 posted 10-28-2012 09:41 PM

Hi Jim,
Thank you, yes she is a beautiful girl, and I a proud father.
I have been on the run lately so not much here, but hope soon to be able to share some wonderful news with you.
Best thoughts,

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

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