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.

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#1 posted 59 days ago

Beatiful Mads! Really very nice job.

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

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#2 posted 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

A beautiful project and blog!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 59 days ago

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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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 59 days ago

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 59 days ago


It turned out amazing! What a great design.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#9 posted 59 days ago

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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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 59 days ago

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 59 days ago

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

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#12 posted 59 days ago

Nice Work Daddy… :)

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

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#13 posted 59 days ago

I enjoyed the journey and the story Mads!

Great job!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 59 days ago

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

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 58 days ago

Beautiful! I enjoyed reading the blog on this project!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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