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Forum topic by Markslawes posted 08-30-2018 08:39 AM 508 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2018 08:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: secret letter project tip finishing traditional arts and crafts

Hi All

I think this is my third day on this site and my first woodworking site since I picked up the bug of making things from wood. Everyone I have come across have been so helpful and really supportive of my attempts at woodworking, so firstly thank you to all.

Okay Secret Notes

I received a couple of comments about the garage and doll house I had made regarding letters hidden in the projects, I thought I would share my reason and hopefully inspire others to do the same.

So my Granddad would make things for all of his grandchildren, I got a Fort, my sister and cousin got a doll house, my brother got a rocking horse, when I was about 10 years old my granddad took me down to a tool shop in Watford and he bought a disc that was 10” in diameter and had Picador (I think) written on the back of it. We went back home and he stripped a motor out of the washing machine that had just given up the ghost. We spent the rest of the weekend in the shed together making a disc sander together. It has followed me everywhere for the last 47 years, sadly I only fired it up a year ago when I got my shed and started building a workshop for myself. Over time the motor windings had probably deteriorated and it only lasted a week before the motor came to a halt. So anyway I digress…...

My Granddad in the case of my sister and cousin had written secret notes to them both and had hidden them in the roof of their Doll Houses. These letters were found many many years later and for just two or three minutes our granddad had come back to life and was talking to us again as we read those words he had written so so long ago. Words that had been sealed in time in the hope that he could give us one final gift long after he had passed.

These letters brought great joy to everyone that new and loved him so much, it had only taken him a couple of minutes to write them but the impact of finding and reading them cannot be overstated. Who would have guessed that a pen a couple of bits of paper and a cup of tea with a few minutes to write to somebody you love would give them something that will be with them to the day they die.

So with that in mind I have written a Letter to my granddaughter Rosie~May and sealed it inside the roof of her doll house and I have left one for my grandson Joshua and sealed it inside the tower of his garage. I want them to know how much I loved them, how I enjoyed every second of making these toys for them, my excitement at seeing them opening the wrapping paper, all the nights I could not fall asleep because my head was awash with ideas for the gift I had been making them. These are all special things when family love each other.

So everything I ever make for somebody I love will have a secret note hidden somewhere for them to find when I am gone. Just remind them they were loved unconditionally. Even if it means going out of your way to make a secret compartment or hole in the leg of a table, a false panel in a jewellery box, your imagination is the gateway to what you can do with your project to make it super special.

Okay your probably wondering where did he hide the note in the Basic box project…. Hands up to that one I didn’t but I will write a note to my mum perhaps and leave it in one of the draws.

If you are concerned that they wont be found in years to come then just make a note in your will or let somebody know where they are.

I hope this has contributed in some way to some of your future projects.


-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 10:04 AM

Such a beautiful thoughtful extra step in making a keepsake.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 08-30-2018 11:44 AM

What an awesome gift to leave as part of tour legacy. Thanks for sharing, Mark.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 08-30-2018 01:13 PM

My grand kids enjoy that I sign and date my gifts to them, but a secret letter takes things to a whole new level. Your grandfather was brilliant and I fully intend to steal his idea. Thanks for sharing. There are now at least 4 more kids with letters in their futures.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 08-30-2018 02:09 PM

this is such a very excellent idea … I cant think of a better remembrance gift then a letter from Grandpa …. A VERY GREAT IDEA :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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