Vidar's Key Cabinet

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Project by stefang posted 12-31-2011 04:22 PM 2797 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My DIL’s mom has built a nice ‘cabin’ In Sauda Norway overlooking Suada fjord. My youngest grandson Vidar 12, told me she needed a key cabinet, as the one she had there was way too small, and he wanted to make one for her as a Christmas gift.

I checked on the net and found a style that looked nice and which Vidar liked. Then we found a nice old time key pattern in one of my scroll saw books to decorate the door with. Next we printed out the pattern so we could glue it onto a workpiece for cutting.

We worked out the size of the door and made a half pattern for that and then sized the case piece to it. Its all made from pine except we used hardwood slats glued in grooves in the back piece that could hold the screw-in hooks real good and tight. We used box joints for the case and rabbeted in the back.

Vidar cut out out all the parts including the key ornament glued to the door face, the box joints and other pieces on the scroll saw. He hasn’t used the scroll saw for awhile, but he did a real good job with it. I routed the door edges the dadoes for the hook strips and the rabbets around the back piece, then did the glue-up for him as we were a little pressed for time.

I’m glad my grandkids like to make stuff and I hope they will continue to show an interest for woodworking as they continue to grow up. They live about 100 yards away on another street, so I hope they will get good use of my shop, perhaps even after I’m too decrepit to use it myself. In the mean time I am slowly introducing them to the tools/techniques and keeping a close eye on their safety. When they have finished their projects, my son always asks them what I have broken now for them. Admittedly a fair question.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 04:51 PM

Really nicely done, A great training exersiize for your Grandson.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 05:13 PM

what a fun project, and to be able to do it with your grandson, that is a dream of mine…thanks mike…

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

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 05:19 PM

Got to love working with the younguns’ (that is American Southern for young ones or children)

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 05:23 PM

Lot of style in that piece, just right for a cabin. Don’t have any kids nearby, which is unfortunate. The scroll saw is a great kids tool.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 05:48 PM

Looks like some quality time and a fun project! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 06:17 PM

Thanks for your comments everyone. To be honest I don’t really spend much time with my grandkids in the shop. They are pretty busy with school, sports and other activities. It seems that kid’s free time these days is much more organized than when I was a child. My main goal here is to keep them a little interested in woodworking so that they might one day, maybe when retired or even sooner, take it up as hobby.

I read something very interesting either here on LJ or somewhere else on the net not too long ago about the value of teaching woodworking to youngsters. It focused on the character building virtues such as attention to detail, mastering of techniques, pride in workmanship, project planning and a host of other things that I’ve already forgotten. I expect that if they do focus more on woodworking in the future it will probably be the result of positive experiences at a young age.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 06:25 PM

Mike this is a wonderful thing you are doing. I had helped my 2 nephews build a simple cedar birdhouse and the look on those boys face when they gave it to there father. I hope to teach my grandchildren what I know. There is no greater feeling.
I hope she enjoys her key box.
Tell the youngster, that is a very fine present. You have done well. Something you build and give means so much to both people.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 06:40 PM

Thanks Dave, When my grandson was finished with the key cabinet he said to me (translated) “I can’t wait to see grandmother’s reaction when she opens my gift” That comment was precious to me and worth far more than any effort on my part.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 06:47 PM

Nicely done.

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 07:30 PM

Thanks BW, I know my grandson will appreciate your comment when he reads this. It occurred to me that you are no longer a beginner with all the nice projects you have posted. But on second thought maybe we are all beginning woodworkers in the sense that we are always learning how to use our tools better and trying out new techniques.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 01-01-2012 07:17 AM

Hi Mike
Happy new year
This is a cool key cabinet. A great project to work together on with your Grandson.


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#12 posted 01-01-2012 01:15 PM

Thanks Jim, and Happy New year to you too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 03:57 PM

Hi Mike, Nice to have you back! Hope your health situation is improving steadily. Your grandson will remember this time spent with you all his life. Nice little cabinet. Happy New Year from Florida.

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

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 05:40 PM

Sometimes the time spent together with family and the memories made are the best part. Looks like you got a 2-for-1 this time though, as you got to spend the time together, and create a nice piece of woodworking. Continue to pass your knowledge on in the New Year, which I hope is a Happy New Year for you and your family.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 05:20 AM

Nice job!! Happy New Year Mike ;-)

-- 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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