Dolls closet - Mathilde in the workshop

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Dolls closet
Mathilde in the workshop

A wonderful hour with my beloved daughter Mathilde
My sweet Mathilda just had the idea that some of her old teddies needed a closet for the clothes.
So what are daddies for?
‘Daddy do we have a carton box?’
‘Daddy can I unpack your kitchen stuff and take the box?’
‘Daddy ….?’
After a while I empty a wine box I used for tools, and asked ‘can we use this?’
‘Daddy can we have some clothes hangers?’
So I at the end I say ‘Mathilda I have a terrible neck pain, a migraine and feel like throwing up…, but let’s go to the work shop and make a beautiful closet out of that old wine box’.
And so we did!

Here the results:

1. Hammer some nails in.
2. Testing the doors.
3. Mounting the handles.
4. Working on those hangers.
5. And here the closet in use.
6. Ohhh yes and Mathilda took a picture of daddy with the hammer too.

So an old wine box, some scrap ply for shelf’s and doors.
Scrap pieces and hooks for hangers.
Small hinges.
And an hour in the work shop, that it!

And Mathilde made us lunch after, so I was really spoiled today.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 05:57 PM

When can she start?

Wonderful work


-- 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 02-15-2011 06:12 PM

Give her some time and she’s gonna show daddy who’s the master lol.
Very nice

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of all inventions

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 06:12 PM

Nice projects but anything with kids is fun.

-- Jeff,

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 06:14 PM

Time well spent. You won’t remember the headache in a few days. I see a smile on the face of that hammering guy.

A beautiful closet and clever hangers.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 06:49 PM

Nice project. Challenge is at its lower level while fun is raised to higher levels. That is what I call ’buiding good memories’

Time well spent! I’m eager to do the same kind of things with my grandkids (now 4 & 6).



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 06:49 PM

What a fun project, and what a beautiful daughter!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 06:50 PM

You helped make a memory!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 06:50 PM

You’re a good father.
You suffer now, but these memories last forever.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#9 posted 02-15-2011 06:51 PM

That came out really well Mads. I think you and your beautiful daughter Mathilde should consider making more furniture for her dolls. She seems pretty comfortable and competent working in your shop. Please tell her I am very impressed with her work, and her helper’s work too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-15-2011 07:22 PM

Very cool….going to be a future master woodworker.

I will always remember my grandfather showing me his shop and letteing me make things out of scraps and pieces…..he taught me about tools, how to take care of them…and how to use them safely….those wonderful memories stick with us…..become part of us….and form the type of person we become….great to experience in these kind of moments…thank you for allowing us to share them with you.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 02-15-2011 07:34 PM

Very nice and time well spent.

-- Clarence

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#12 posted 02-15-2011 07:56 PM

Mads, what a great way to encourage a young woodworker!
She did a nice job on that. Necessity is the mother of invention…......

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

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#13 posted 02-15-2011 08:07 PM

What a great time you had!
When I get the rare chance to work with my granddaughters it is some of the best pain relief I have ever found!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#14 posted 02-15-2011 08:12 PM

Been there, done that, still got the memories.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 02-15-2011 08:19 PM

I love it! I love it! I love it!

My baby girl has been on me for the longest about wanting a doll closet. She even walked through the shop like she is a master woodworker informing me she wants it made of cherry…. “Because Dad… Cherry is my favorite” as she would say with her hands on her hip…lol

I am totally inspired! I love the project as I am sure your Mathilde does as well…..

Thanks for sharing Mads… Always enjoy seeing projects like this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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