Fairy Door by Father and Daughter

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 08-13-2013 03:36 AM 2046 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tomorrow is my Wife’s Birthday and she has been wanting her own little fairy door. I called up my 12 year old daughter and asked her to clear her schedule.

I did the wood cutting and Victoria put it together, with a little direction. The accessorizing is all her.

We have some offcuts working here. I Figure why not use a little hunk of Purple Heart, Bubinga, Jatoba, Padauk, Red Oak and Cherry. It makes me smile. I think my wife will smile when my daughter presents it to her tomorrow.

It was an interesting couple of hours and a lot of fun. Victoria also set up the photography and background. I’ll be grinning at her for a month.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 03:43 AM

Whimsical, but great looking father/daughter project for SWMBO/mother! However, I must confess the use of such a “fairy door” eludes me. Is it just an “Y” chromosome handicap thing? ;-)

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 03:57 AM

Hah John. At least I’m off the hook for a fairy door. My daughter was thrilled. Me – I’m not really fond of crafty stuff but there it is.

I agree – what is the appeal?

Don’t look at my miter joints. I was in a little hurry and I accepted a little so so work today. Besides, I knew my daughter was going to glue bling all over it. I think the bling is another thing I’ll never get. “Y” Chromome again?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 06:03 AM

What a cool project! The most important part is you got some father/daughter time in the shop. PRICELESS

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 06:14 AM


I have noted the distinct absence of any photos of workers involved with the fairy door!

What gives? there is two vacant photo positions which could have been used
I want to see a couple of more pickies please of you and your daughter at work!!

Especially one of you grinning!!

Opps, and by the way very well done on the door!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 08-13-2013 09:06 AM

Great projec wth your daughter,,,,, Love the colors how fun that must of been.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-13-2013 09:59 AM

That is nice to get your daughter to work with you on that. Nice going.
Lots of nice wood incorporated there!!

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2013 10:26 AM

Nice Fairy Door, Mark.

...hmmm – google fairy doorThese small doors serve as portals to the magical realm by presenting a fairy-sized invitation into your garden or home.

Nice Fairy Door Mark, Great father/daughter project for that special Mom. :-)

Tell her we said Happy Birthday.

Best Regards. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 08-13-2013 11:40 AM

Fun project!

Thanks for the smile with my coffee this morning. : o )

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#9 posted 08-13-2013 01:35 PM

Great looking door, is it going to placed outdoors under a tree, or are you inviting the indoor little people to
use this one. Very nice of your daughter to clear her calender to help out her father and make her mother
a gift that will be treasured. Thank you for sharing. Wish your beautiful other a happy birthday for us and
pics would be appreciated.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 08-13-2013 06:00 PM


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#11 posted 08-13-2013 09:25 PM

inspired by this…thanks

-- No mistakes, just kindling

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#12 posted 08-13-2013 09:35 PM

I get the message my friends. Post pictures of my daughter doing wood work! Will do.

Thanks for all the cool compliments. Again, I appreciate that you all recognize this is not real woodworking but crafting.

That being said, my wife fell in love with it and said there is an actual market for these things. Umm – is that remotely true? People would pay for unsanded, unfinished, rough things like this? If there is a market, I can cut up some wood and let my little girl go to town.

Victoria is trying to raise some bucks for a California trip next year. I think that is awesome!!!! If this helps, I guess I’m in.

Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 08-14-2013 12:51 AM

Beg to disagree, Mark. You and your daughter were working on the fairy door, right?? And it’s made out of wood, right?? Ergo—- that was woodworking.

Good looking door y’all made. I just wish that when my five daughters were coming up I had had a woodworking shop. But, since I didn’t, I taught them how to shoot and handle guns. My number four durn near kept me broke shooting pinecones off the trees with a .308.

Again, fine job on the door. I salute you for taking time with her, and I bet Mama will be pleased.

Thanks for the post, and
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#14 posted 08-14-2013 12:57 AM

good project for the kids to be involved with!

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#15 posted 08-14-2013 02:39 AM

Hey, you try try taking some of those to festivals. You could get $20

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