Jewel box for my daughter - Japanese inspired.

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Jewel box for my daughter
Japanese inspired

My inside out beautiful daughter Mathilde is now fourteen and in Denmark it’s tradition you have your confirmation at this age if you want to become a member of the Christian church.

She as most other teens were wishing for a MacBook, jewelry and other wonderful pling stuff of our consumer world, so yes she got some green for that, but I found that I needed to make her something with my hands, something my head had designed and that I could put my love into.

So knowing she has a soft spot for delicate boxes, likes little secrets and was wishing for jewels, I thought it must be the right thing to make her a jewel box.

This post is from the Mathildes Japanese inspired jewel box blog:

1. The finished jewel box.
2. Reclaimed wood gets new life.
3. Dovetails becomes fingers.
4. Springs and runners of ash wood.
5. Nailing with bamboo nails.
6. Fitting the drawers.

_Hope it can be to some inspiration or even a smile of joy,

Best thoughts,


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

21 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-03-2014 02:13 PM

Beatiful Mads! Really very nice job.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#2 posted 06-03-2014 02:29 PM

Nice indeed. Japanese inspired woodwork is the standard for making the simple beautiful. No one does it better. Your project is a fitting tribute to that heritage. Well done.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 06-03-2014 02:34 PM

Awesome work.

Spend the whole morning reading the whole blog entries, and being a father of a beautifull girl (and two boys) I must admit it was touching at the end… I think some dust got into my eyes again…

Since my girl is only 5 I think I have ten years to figure out how I’m going to do something as complex (and yet simple looking) as you did.

Again, awesome work!


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#4 posted 06-03-2014 02:37 PM

It’s beautiful and beautifully done, Mads. It has a whole lot of love and character in it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-03-2014 02:43 PM

A beautiful project and blog!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 06-03-2014 02:56 PM

i sure did enjoy such a extensive blog and seeing you use those skills, and the result is a beautiful box for your daughter, she will love and cherish it forever mads…thanks for sharing this with us along the way….i always love seeing wood used again after someone has thrown it away, i bet they would be amazed at how you turned there discarded wood into a beautiful box…only in the hands of a woodworker.

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

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#7 posted 06-03-2014 05:44 PM

Sweet box, Mads. A lot of love went into that jewelry box!! Mathilde will love it and it will be an heirloom

Nice going, my friend!!!!!!!!!!..............Jim

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

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#8 posted 06-03-2014 05:45 PM


It turned out amazing! What a great design.

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 06-03-2014 06:42 PM

Sweet I love the design, she will love it I’m sure

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 06-03-2014 06:48 PM

Mads she will treasure that forever
I enjoyed the Blog
What an amazing piece beautifully executed design that has
so many unique touches


-- 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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#11 posted 06-03-2014 07:11 PM

Great gift Mads. I’m sure it will be treasured forever.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#12 posted 06-03-2014 07:51 PM

Nice Work Daddy… :)

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

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#13 posted 06-04-2014 02:55 AM

I enjoyed the journey and the story Mads!

Great job!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 06-04-2014 03:10 AM

Did I say I loved the bamboo nails? No?
I do!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 06-04-2014 07:42 AM

Beautiful! I enjoyed reading the blog on this project!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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