Mathildes greasebox / jewelbox (LJ project no. 100)

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Mathildes grease box
This is my LJ project post no 100, serious I need professional help!

Imagine a daughter that say to you; ‘daddy I have only one wish this Christmas, a little box like the one you have made for yourself, the one with the dovetail in the end!’.
This is my daughter!!!
So I have spend some moments in December to work on this little box for her, and when it was finished I realized it was the best gift I have ever made, and even more the best gift I have ever given, to fulfill a wish like that is more than I could ever dream off. I made hers a little bigger, since I don’t expect it to be used for grease but rings or other little jewelry.
I made also two little hearts, a white from giraffe bone, it symbolize her, pure and full of energy, and always looking and learning. One by buffalo horn, me, old with some dings and scratches, even some deep lines from life, but with a warm glad, and plenty of colors.

1. The finished box with the hearts inside.
2. My own little grease box and a piece of wood.
3. The setup, having a wonderful time.
4. Hollow out.
5. Inlay the butterfly of brass.
6. Mathildes on the right mine on the left.

In return she gave me two woodworking projects she had made at the school (she is eleven years old):

A coat rack with a burned text that melted my heart, not from the heat but the meaning.

A wonderful little birthday flag, where she had made a lap joint for the base (yes I’m impressed).

I made a blog about the grease box story.

Post no 100:
As many of you know, I have become retired, so I have the time, but as you can also see most of my projects are small or simply ideas, so that’s why I get to such a big number so fast. My health don’t allow me to work more than a hour max two a day, and this is of course a limitation.
Still this past year at Lumber Jocks has given me so much, I have learned, I have laughed and have been able to meet wonderful people all over the world, and even join tight personal relations to some of these people.
Will I post a 100 next year? No way! This year was where I was setting up the work shop and all was new, believe it or not I had only one or two hand planes a year ago, and now I have stopped to count.
It’s a old dream coming to life, and I enjoy every moment.
Thank you all for the comments, and encouragement, that made me want to go on, and to run straight into the next project, you all put smiles in my life, and in the year that passed it was very much needed.

Hope I will get another wonderful year here at LJ, thank you all again,

Best thoughts,

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 03:23 PM

Mad’s Your a Guid Friend.

Thank you for all the support.

Merry Christmas to your Family fae our family.


-- 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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#2 posted 12-26-2010 04:02 PM

thank´s for being who you are Mads the crazy Knight
loved where ever he turn his head and arive in the world
no one can be safe from the virus he brings with him
and no cure is found yet and thank God for that :-)

I like the flag too Mads it seems to me she has been bite by the woody bug :-)

congrat´s with Nr.100 you have been kind to share with us

now I´m of I have two neighboors that barely can walk and deffently not
use a showel and I have a Texas garden maschine and a broom to it that I havn´t used
the last 5 years on it becourse we only have a small little walking street from the house to the hence
and the drive way is made with small stones but this year I have set the maschine up so I can help them
the first time they where court by surprice …LOL

but now after the last little blit I better see if it still can start so I can clear theres driveway again
it´s wonderfull to see the eyes on them when I arive with the maschine :-)

later my freind
take care you two lovely people

Ps. the name of the virus he carry around is called laughter , good humor and helpfullness

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 04:06 PM


What a special and wonderful gift. I can totally relate to how wonderful it is to share what we make and know with our daughters.

Congratulations on posting 100 projects. I wish I had your dedication to the organization, photography, and posting requirements to do what you do.

You have brought many smiles and much inspiration during the past year. Whatever will You come up with during the next year? I send wishes for a fantastic New Year.

Ken and Heidi Schwiebert

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 04:11 PM

Oh Mafe, what a beautiful little gem of a box. I think you’ve ‘given as much you’ve got’ at LJs. Thanks for sharing your work and your knowledge.


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#5 posted 12-26-2010 05:36 PM

Just brilliant it doesn’t get any better than that Mads Children are wonderful & they just can’t help but bless us if only the world was filled with children (or Lumberjocks)
Best wishes

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 05:42 PM

A great treat Mafe! I really enjoy all of your posts.
I love the flag, What a great little box you made, I love the little hearts.
Thank you for all the smiles and laughter and congrats on # 100 post, I look forward to whatever you post in the future. GOD BLESS.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 05:59 PM

Mads, this is a precious box; not just because how you did it, but more so why you did it. You have built Mathide a box that she will cherish forever and no doubt she watched you while you did parts of it so she will cherish it so much the more; and, I might add, the love you have for your daughter also shines through the box so God will bless you for making this little box. :)

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 06:32 PM

Mads my friend…. You are such a jewel of Lumber Jocks. I can’t speak for others here on this site, but I honestly feel I am a better person just by knowing you and listening to your stories. A lot of folks say they put their heart into their work. You don’t have to…. It is so very clear with every project, blog, or comment made here….

I can just imaging the pride you felt hearing your daughter ask for her gift. Then putting so much thought and heart into it’s construction…. Yea my friend… That is most definitely “The Good Stuff”

I think you are a lucky man to have such wonderful gifts given to you by your daughter. The coat rack is just flat out priceless and I’m sure will be a staple of your home from here on out. And the flag… Yea, I’m impressed with the lap joints as well…. Very cool!

I would ask if you had yourself a Merry Christmas, but from seeing this post…. It is blatantly clear that you did.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 12-26-2010 06:35 PM

Might I also add this: one of the greatest gifts from God to woodworkers is not just their skill but also their ability to make beautiful things of wood with loving care and tenderness for those whom they love so that when they are no longer here the loved ones can remember them whenever they see and touch those things. So many years hence, and may it be many years, Mathide will not only see the love that you had for her she will also be able to feel the love as she picks the little box up and holds it in her hands, maybe even next to her heart, and a little smile will come on her face and a tear in her eye and even her heart and soul will experience the warmth and tenderness of your love for her as if it were only yesterday that you gave her the little box.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 12-26-2010 06:45 PM

Woderfull story Mads. A gift like that is precious.

I need to try a lap joint one of these days, I don’t think I have done one yet.
It’s definitely a joy when my little ones step in the shop and just hammer a nail in the wood.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 12-26-2010 06:47 PM

Well said Wreck!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 12-26-2010 07:15 PM

That is one beautiful box for Mathilde. it will be a treasure for her the rest of her life and a family heirloom- made with such love. You sure make every moment in the shop count with your wonderful projects.
I look forward to seeing many many more years of your projects, my friend!! Take care…....Jim

ps. This is Holy Family Sunday and you have a super family with your bearutiful daughter- such a treasure.

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

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#13 posted 12-26-2010 08:13 PM

Mads, The box is beautiful, I am sure she will treasure it for a very long time to come. I agree totally with Wreck that it will be a cherished item for her always. The coat rack she made with her own hands for you is fanatastic. I am sure that will hang proudly in your home for many, many years to come.
Glad you joined, I look forward to your stories and posts.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year to you and your family.


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

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#14 posted 12-26-2010 08:23 PM

Way to go DAD! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#15 posted 12-26-2010 08:27 PM

a special love
for the two of you

thank you for sharing it
with us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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